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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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Actors in 'Go West' (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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Wilkins Micawber in 'David Copperfield' (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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Raymond Dabney in 'Personal Property' (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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Laughs of a lifetime...with 50 fabulous stars! 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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Narrator: Stan and Ollie display the distinctive, awkward grace that seems to belong to all great clowns.
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Crazy Credits

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 Meet the People (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(Dance of the Cuckoos) (uncredited)
(Laurel & Hardy Theme Song)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Tapped out on an anvil by the blacksmith in Bonnie Scotland (1935)
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What's So Funny
16 August 2009 | by 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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