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It's a Frame-Up! (2013)

Those merry madcaps of mayhem, Biffle & Shooster, in the movie that sets comedy back 75 years--to when it was, y'know, actually funny. The less-than-legendary vaudeville team made 20 comedy... See full summary »

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Michael Schlesinger, Will Ryan (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Nick Santa Maria Nick Santa Maria ... Benny Biffle
Will Ryan ... Sam Shooster
Andrew Parks ... Franklin Pangborn
Alison Martin ... Symona Boniface
Daniel Roebuck ... Edgar Kennedy
Robert Picardo ... Arthur Housman
Sybil Darrow ... Geneva Mitchell (as Sybil Temtchine)
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Those merry madcaps of mayhem, Biffle & Shooster, in the movie that sets comedy back 75 years--to when it was, y'know, actually funny. The less-than-legendary vaudeville team made 20 comedy shorts between 1933 and 1938; this was their final one. The boys get jobs in an art gallery on the very day that a priceless painting is delivered. You can pretty much imagine how this will play out. Shot in glorious B&W and 1.33:1, IT'S A FRAME-UP! is an authentic-as-possible recreation of the glory days of Hollywood comedy teams, replete with snappy dialogue, grievous puns, plenty of slapstick and even impressions--plus a plot twist or two. Yes, boys and girls, they CAN make 'em like they used to...and we're just the idiots to do it! Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy

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USA

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English

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March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Benny Biffle: I shoulda given that guy the old one-two.
Sam Shooster: Forget it. You can't even count that high.
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Why the Short Subjects Were Short
12 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Do you remember the comedy short subjects that used to be part of every movie show, or are you not old enough to remember when people put salt on everything, including grapefruit? Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan have invented two ex-Vaudevillians, Biffle and Shooster, who starred in many of them, creatures of puns, set phrases an Three-Stooges-like eyepokes and Michael "No One Has Ever Confused Me With John" Schlesinger, produced a series of shorts that recreate the lost children of Hollywood's Not-So-Golden Years.

In this, the first and nominally the last of the Biffle & Shooster shorts, they wind up employed in an art gallery. Robert Picardo has a great bit in which he does a dead-on imitation of 1930s comic drunk Arthur Housman


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