The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)

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A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
Actors in 'Go West' (archive footage)
Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Actor in 'Suzy' (archive footage)
Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
Tracy Lord (archive footage)
Stan in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
Nick Charles (archive footage)
Nora Charles (archive footage)
Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage)


A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at Eight" and "Bonnie Scotland." Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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9 July 1965 (Portugal)  »

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Made it's New York television debut on Sunday, 10 August 1969 on WNBC channel 4. See more »

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The opening credits display the main cast and crew members names on wind swept banners passing by the camera, as if in a "big parade." See more »


Features Ninotchka (1939) See more »


The Big Parade of Comedy March
Music by Bernard Green
Lyrics by Robert Youngson
Performed by uncredited singers
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What's So Funny
16 August 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Funny stuff, but arranged without much rhyme or reason, by compiler Robert Youngson. Obviously, the first limitation is that the clips are exclusively from one studio. Moreover, there is no real attempt to present the very best of what was available at MGM. "The Big Parade of Comedy" is neither a definitive look at MGM's comedy pictures, nor does it present a comprehensive look at any one comedian.

Narrator Les Tremayne is helpful identifying performers who may not be familiar to modern audiences - along with top-billed stars Clark Gable and Greta Garbo, who co-sizzled for real in "Susan Lenox" (1931). Most haphazard is the tacking on, without explanation, of some Dave O'Brien comedy shorts. The material is good, but should only be considered a sample. Seeking the original works is imperative.

***** The Big Parade of Comedy (9/23/64) Robert Youngson ~ Les Tremayne, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Dave O'Brien

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