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Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  16 May 1982 (USA)
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A retrospective look at 60 years of great moments in film comedy, from the 1920s to the present.

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Several hosts, noted for their own contributions to film comedy themselves (Burt Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon, etc.) host this three part epic documentary, which takes viewers from the studios of comedic pioneers Mack Sennett and Hal Roach. The careers of individual early comics like Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin are covered through the 30s with W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy up through then current performers like Jack Lemmon, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen. Clips from such all-time classics as "Some Like It Hot," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and "Private Benjamin" are highlighted. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame introduced by Carol Burnett are Joe E. Brown, Buster Keaton, and Jerry Lewis. See more »

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Opening prologue: This film is dedicated to the thousands of filmmakers, craftsmen, and technicians who accomplished the most difficult job in motion pictures... they made us laugh.
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This film is dedicated to those thousands of filmmakers, artists, craftsmen, and technicians who accomplished the most difficult job in motion pictures...They made us laugh. See more »

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Features The Sunshine Boys (1975) See more »

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I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby
(uncredited) (1928)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Judy Holliday from "Born Yesterday"
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