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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.

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Carol Burnett ... Self - Co-Hostess
Jack Lemmon ... Self - Co-Host
Walter Matthau ... Self - Co-Host
Burt Reynolds ... Self - Co-Host
Dom DeLuise ... Self - Co-Host
Richard Pryor ... Hinself - Co-Host
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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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Trivia

The three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame introduced by Carol Burnett are [lin=nm0113873], Buster Keaton, and Jerry Lewis. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The documentary was shown both in full length and later in three installments of 47 minutes each with the same opening and closing montages repeated. See more »

Connections

Features My Favorite Wife (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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