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Vintage compilation still gets laughs...
14 November 2010 | by (Western Washington State, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I am actually surprised that this Warmer Brothers/Vitaphone short subject hasn't gotten any notice. It is really very funny, although its designation as a "compilation" has, perhaps, made it sort of a comedic stepchild, for lack of a better description. Good Old Corn was released theatrically in 1943 and later as a small 8mm silent film for the home market. I picked up such a copy as a kid (in the 1960's) and showed it to my friends in my folks' basement, along with other similar 8mm subjects. Years later, I picked up a 16mm sound version and having showed it to adult audiences in recent years, I can say it always gets a lot of laughs and therein lies the reason why I give it a score of "8." It does what it is supposed to do, and nothing more. It entertains.

There is no "story," but rather sequences from silent comedies of the 1920's, tied together with a wise cracking commentary" by Knox Manning and appearances by such early comedians as Monty Banks, Larry Semon, Mack Sennett's bathing beauties and others. Oliver Hardy is in evidence, playing against type as a villain. I also recognize Mabel Normand. All told, it is a frantic and funny 20 minutes of sheer entertainment. I have no idea if it is anywhere to be seen today, other than in private showings. My information comes entirely from film elements which I own. If you like this sort of thing, you should check it out - if you run across a showing.


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