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Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982)

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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16 May 1982 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The test footage of Sellers as Napoleon is from an undetermined film... possibly Stanley Kubrick's proposed 1969 film on the French emperor, which was never made. In the original Casino Royale, Peter Sellers played Evelyn Tremble, who was supposed to impersonate James Bond. While being tested by the character played by Ursula Andress, he was required to dress as Napoleon, which is where this footage may have come from. 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 Road to Hong Kong (1962) See more »

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Be a Clown
(uncredited) (1948)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland from The Pirate (1948)
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