R2 survives at the Library Of Congress, of this early comedy.
R2 survives at the Library Of Congress, of this early comedy. I saw it identified as part of an unidentified film screening package recently and many historians and slapstick comedy buffs in the audience concurred that this film was this title.
BACKGROUND: The mother of all vaudeville comedy teams, Weber and Fields are the direct progenitors of Gallagher and Shean, Smith and Dale, the Marx Brothers, and Ted Healy and his Stooges, among countless others. The fact that their influence can be traced to so many (and such diverse) acts gives a strong indication of the complexity of their appeal.
They were both dialect comedians and a knockabout team and so could capture the hearts of the highest and lowest factions of the audience simultaneously. A "Dutch" act, masquerading as two German immigrants, the two would engage in outrageous word play, punctuated with slaps, kicks, punches, eye pokes, and choke holds massacring the English language at the same time they made mincemeat of each other.
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