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I enjoyed it.
The other reviews are fairly accurate. However, it's Wayne Newton that sings Rhinestone Cowboy, and Jerry Collona isn't the guy that gets the wrong number. Also, Sid Caesar isn't in it (I don't know why IMDb lists that he is). First of all, I was able to buy this on the Internet (if you want to know where, send me a private message) Unlike most of the other reviewers, I found this quite funny. It's great to watch if you love classic comedy.
The special opens with Vincent Price acting all suspicious. He explains that there is a party at Bob Hope's house. The announcer makes the introduction, and all the guests introduce themselves individually. Bob learns of the party and rushes home immediately, with Foster Brooks in tow. Surprisingly, Foster sounds drunk. Throughout the special, the comedians are seen getting strangled by a man in black, sometimes in groups, and are seen face down in the pool (they're obviously dummies). The killer leaves behind black gloves. Some of the greatest TV detectives and Arte Johnson show up to investigate. They don't play their respective detectives, but play themselves. However, they act like the detectives they play. The comedians get in some funny lines. Groucho does appear, and he does look pretty frail, but he does have good exchanges with George Burns. Don Knotts shows up and provides cue cards for people. Red Buttons does a few "never-got-a-dinner" jokes. Rona Barrett shows up from time to time and comments on the party and how all the guests disappear. Milton Berle has two roles (or at least I think he does), one as himself, and another as a woman in drag. There's even a scene where he flirts with himself. Desi Arnaz does the "A Book" routine with Charo. They also throw in a some-what dirty joke in the routine (Desi says to Charo "You bet your taco"). Abe Vigoda threatens to shoot someone.....with a banana. Sammy Cahn plays "Anything you can do I can do better," lead by Harry Ritz, with Jack Carter, Jan Murray, and Marty Allen. Harry sings lines like: "'Any shtick you have done, I have done sooner. You do a shtick, I'll prove I did it first." It's rather amusing. Wayne Newton appears and sings "Rhinestone Cowboy," accompanied by Les Brown who has himself and his band in Bob's closet. Somebody steps on Don Knotts' hand and he says "Sorry, I hope I didn't hurt your shoe." Eventually, Bob is the only one left, but then his house blows up, and he is killed. Vincent Price is about to reveal who the murderer is, then he gets killed. Bob Hope is up in heaven, and he looks at the studio audience. We see the man in black sitting in the audience. He removes his mask to reveal........Johnny Carson, who delivers the line "They're all gone. Now I get to do my show every night." Like the other reviewer said, my one complaint is seeing some other great comedians in this. I would've liked to see Sid Caesar, Jimmy Durante, Red Skelton, Jonathan Winters, Buddy Hackett, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Jackie Vernon, Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly, George E. Jessel, Gabe Kaplan, Redd Foxx, Norm Crosby, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Ethel Merman, Joey Bishop, Richard Pryor, some of the SNL people, and maybe even Charlie Chaplin. But still, I enjoyed this and I'd recommend it to a classic comedy fan.
This is a really strange movie that no one remembers. Try naming five people you know who have seen this movie. After reading about it on IMDb, I became curious. I mean, if it wasn't for Groucho, I don't know if I would have even considered this movie. Unfortunately, it was unavailable on VHS or DVD. But I knew I would see it one day. And that day finally came when I typed "Skidoo, Groucho" into the search engine on YouTube. I was shocked. There it was. I watched it. It was a really interesting movie. I mean what other movies have Jackie Gleason and Groucho Marx on acid, or Carol Channing doing a striptease. However, it is not top 250 material. But I saw this movie, because I love movies with an all-star cast. And what an all-star cast indeed: Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Cesar Romero, George Raft, Burgess Meredith, Peter Lawford, Arnold Stang, Frank Gorshin, Slim Pickens, and of course, Groucho Marx. If you ever get the chance to see this movie, watch it. It's a strange movie, and you will finish it thinking "Huh?" But it is an interesting movie, and it is fairly enjoyable.
Silent Movie (1976)
Underrated Mel Brooks classic
Whenever I hear people praising Mel Brooks film, I hear mentions of the likes of The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein, but I rarely hear this one mentioned, and huge Mel Brooks fans like myself need to watch it. It needs more respect. It has a few stars from Mel Brooks' regular band of actors, but it also has a bunch of cameos from rather huge stars of the day, like Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Paul Newman, Liza Minnelli, and Mel Brooks' own wife Anne Bancroft. Also, there's the great mime Marcel Marceau, who delivers the only line in the entire film. And there's a cameo from stand-up comedy genius Henny Youngman as a man with a fly in his soup. If you are a Mel Brooks fan and you haven't seen it, what can I say, but go see it.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
How does this have a 5.5? This should at least have a 6.5. Its a hilarious movie. It's just like the comedy classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The two movies are very similar. It's about racing, and it has an all-star cast. Some of the most talented people are in it, like Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Mel Tillis, and more. It's like a big budget Love Boat. We are lucky to have movies like that. Not enough movies like this are made today. Everybody puts on a terrific show. Also, if you loved this movie and it's stellar array of stars, then you'll love the sequel. It has twice as many great stars, and it's just as good. See this movie.
Woody Allen's best
Before I saw this movie for the first time last night, I didn't know what to expect. When I first saw Annie Hall, I didn't find it as funny as I expected (read my review of that movie for more info). But I heard that there was a love scene narrated by Howard Cosell, so I thought I would find it funny. Well, I saw this movie, and found it to be very hilarious. Before I saw this movie on TCM, Robert Osbourne was talking about how hilarious this movie was, and he obviously knew what he was saying. Many hilarious parts, like the scenes with Howard Cosell, the part where Woody Allen's character falls into the sewer, the trial, and many other parts. Also, keep an eye out for a then-unknown actor named Sylvester Stallone. I enjoyed this movie, and I don't see why anyone else wouldn't.
Annie Hall (1977)
Didn't quite reach my expectations
I am a 15 year old fan of comedy. That is, comedy from any era. I had been dying to see this movie, because I heard it was a comedy that won Best Picture, something that doesn't happen very often, so I expected it to be laugh-your-butt-off funny. I was wrong. Before we go any further, let me say this was not a bad movie. When I saw this movie, I was not too familiar with Woody Allen, and I thought maybe this would get me to become more familiar with him. Some scenes were funny, like the cocaine scene, and the scene with the Queen from Snow White. I just don't see what all the fuss is about this movie. Again, I did not say this was a bad movie, I just tended to find it a little over-rated.
Almost as good as the first
The creative geniuses of Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker are back for another Naked Gun installment. And the super-funny, multi-talented Leslie Nielsen is great as Frank Drebin. And Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O.J. play their roles perfectly once again. Robert Goulet is perfect as the bad guy. When I saw the Super Bowl commercial with him, I thought it was just like watching this. And there are some funny cameos by Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mel Torme. Other funny lines also (Is this some kind of a bust? Well yes, it is impressive, but we need to talk to you). If you loved the first one, the you'll definitely want to see this one.
Oh, God! You Devil (1984)
Really not that great
I'm a 15-year-old fan of George Burns. He's one of my favorite comedians. I've loved him since I was 10 years old. I saw the first Oh, God, and loved it. I thought maybe this one would be almost as good. Boy was I wrong.
The humor wasn't that great. Neither were any of the other actors. The other people in this movie, besides George Burns, are not really well known. I was just waiting for it to end. If you want a good George Burns movie, see the first Oh, God, or the Sunshine Boys, but avoid this.
Three's Company (1976)
This is one of the best sitcoms of all time. I'm fifteen, so I wasn't around during the show's initial run, but I watch it on TV Land all the time. During the first few seasons, when we had Norman Fell and Audra Lindey, they were funny with all their bickering. However, they left for their unsuccessful TV Show, The Ropers. It was sad that they left, but the great Don Knotts filled the void as Mr. Furley. Then, the next season, Suzanne Sommers left over a contract dispute, and we gained another roommate named Cindy. She was good, but not as good as Suzanne. Then she left, and Terry stepped in. The show is better with Suzanne Sommers, but either way, it's good. Besides, if there's no Suzanne Sommers, you still got the legendary Don Knotts. In conclusion, this is a funny show!
Most quotable movie we've seen in years
This is probably the most quotable movie since Airplane! Itis, without a doubt, Will Ferrell's best movie, and probably the funniest movie of the 21st century. The funniest line is Brick's line "Where'd you get you clothes? The...toilet store?" That's a great line to use when you want to dis people. So many other quotable lines as well. And some really funny scenes, like the fight scene (Brick killed a guy). Everybody is quoting this movie. Everyone has to see it, because it is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very funny. It is. This is one of those movies you and your buddies can sit down and talk about for hours. Go see it or I will cry.