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The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Documentary | 9 July 1965 (Portugal)
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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Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
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Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
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Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
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Actor in 'Suzy' (archive footage)
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Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
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Tracy Lord (archive footage)
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Stan in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
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Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
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Nick Charles (archive footage)
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Nora Charles (archive footage)
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Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
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Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage)
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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 Eight" and "Bonnie Scotland." Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Imagine! All these and many more great stars! (On poster depicting classic comedy stars of the movie). See more »


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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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo has an "OUT TO LUNCH" sign in front of the circle hiding the lion's head as he roars. The sign then flips up to reveal an animated man trapped inside the lion. The man's hands and feet beat and kick the lion as the man yells "Ow! Ow! Get me outta here!" See more »

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Features David Copperfield (1935) See more »

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O Christmas Tree
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Sung a cappella by party guests in a scene of The Thin Man (1934)
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From the bad old days.
1 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Youngson must have been the last real movie ghoul, making a living by cutting up old films into virtual guitar picks. Good bad or indifferent, the only reason for inclusion in this compilation seems to be he could get his hands on a print and then chop chop chop, funny or not. It reminds me of Glenn L. Martin delivering a plane to the Army in WW2 (the B-26 aka The Widowmaker) which kept killing its crews. Martin explained that it met the contractual specifications. This film meets somebody's contractual specifications and made what's called a 'nice show business dollar', but it is a pile of junk whose stink is even more loathsome considering the talent which gets ripped off.

Normally I would just leave this alone except for the fact that this film contains the most perfunctory and execrable film lyric of all time. In the song, which is introducing a segment on Robert Benchely, the lyric goes- "Robert Benchley was a funny man/ A funny man was he". Certainly a new low in the lack of imagination department. Robert Youngson was a cheap-son-of-a-bitch/ a cheap-son-of-a-bitch was he. Of course Youngson didn't hire a lyricist but wrote the 'lyrics' himself, just like he wrote (oh, that narration would be rejected by Hallmark as soporific drivel, and it just goes on and inanely on), produced., directed, did the visual effects and titles, himself. His wife did the research. This was just one in a series of compilation films he did coming from the short film assembly lines which died in the early 50s. Insteed of going in to TV he did this.

Now, I believe Youngson has been completely superseded by the age of film preservation and the like of Turner Classics and various DVD distributors though I guess he'll have his product in 99¢ bins for a long time to come. And not a moment too soon.


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