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|Classic Comedy Collection V1 |
Actors: Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, The Three Stooges, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny
Genres: Comedy, Television
LAUREL AND HARDY: In the film industry, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were Hollywood's original comedy team. It was apparent from the start that together, Laurel and Hardy had a unique chemistry a perfect mix of slapstick ... more »
A Collection Of Comedy Shorts
Tom Without Pity | A Major Midwestern Metropolis | 05/12/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
This is a review for the Echo Bridge multi DVD 2004 release, CLASSIC COMEDY COLLECTION VOL 1.
The CLASSSIC COMEDY COLLECTION VOLUME 1 consists of 8 DVDs. This set is attractively packaged and suitable for gift giving although potential purchasers should know that so far as I can tell, all the material contained in this set is public domain.
The first Laurel & Hardy disc includes:
THE FLYING DUECES (1939) Stan and Ollie join the Foreign Legion in this feature length talking picture. Some pretty good situations in this film and it is highlighted by the boys dueting on "Shine On Harvest Moon."
THE PAPER HANGERS HELPER (aka STICK AROUND) (1925) Ollie and partner Bobby Ray fumble their way through wall paper redecorating in this pre-Laurel silent comedy short subject.
YES,YES, NANETTE (1925) Oliver Hardy plays Nanette's former sweetheart in this non-Laurel comedy silent short featuring James Finlayson.
HOP TO IT BELL HOP (1925) Ollie plays a bell hop in this silent comedy short which features Bobby Ray and "Babe Hardy.".
MUD AND SAND (1922) Stan Laurel stars as "Rhubarb Vaselino" in this silent short take off of Valentino's BLOOD AND SAND.
STOLEN TOOLS (aka THE STOLEN JOOLS) A 1932 all-star comedy short subject featuring Laurel & Hardy among many other notable stars of the early thirties.
The second Laurel & Hardy disc includes:
UTOPIA (aka Atoll K) This 1954 feature was Laurel & Hardy's last film. The boys are shipwrecked on a new atoll and set up their own government. After uranium is discovered all bets are off.
A very disappointing film farewell for Laurel & Hardy.
LUCKY DOG (1927) Laurel & Hardy both have small supporting parts in this silent comedy short.
THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE (1943) Laurel & Hardy show Pete Smith the various uses of wood
products in this color, war related comedy short.
SAW MILL (1922) Babe Hardy plays the foreman at a sawmill in this Larry Semon silent comedy short.
KID SPEED (1924) Oliver N. Hardy plays "Dangerous Dan McGraw" in this Larry Semon silent comedy short about car racing.
ENOUGH TO DO 1926 (aka WANDERING PAPAS) Stan Laurel directed this silent comedy short co-starring Babe Hardy as a bridge worker foreman.
FIRST FLYING MACHINE : (No info available).
The first OUR GANG disc includes:
WALDO'S LAST STAND (1940) The gang decides to help Waldo's failing lemonaide stand. With Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Froggy and Bobby Blake.
THE SUNDOWN LTD.(1924) Mickey and Joe cause trouble in a railroad switchyard so the gang decides to build thieir own railroad in this silent short. With Joe, Jackie, Mary, Farina and Mickey.
THE FOURTH ALARM (1926) The kids get help from the Fire Dept building their own amusement park and in turn help out during a fire in town in this silent comedy short subject.
HI NEIGHBOR (1934) The gang decides to build their own fire engine in this talking comedy short. With Spanky, Stymie, Scoty and Jane.
DOGS OF WAR (1923) Our gang engages in a tomato throwing war and then sneaks into a movie studio in this silent comedy short. With Joe, Farina, Mary, Jackie and Mickey
THE POOCH (1932) Our gang tries to save their dog Pete from the dog catcherin this talking comedy short. With Spanky, Wheezer, Stymie, Spud, Breezy and Bouncy.
FLY MY KITE (1931) A mean son who tries to have his elderly mother committed has to do battle with our gang in this talking comedy short. With Wheezer, Chubby, Stymie, Farina, and Margaret Mann as Grandma.
DERBY DAY (1923) Our gang decides to have a horse race of their own after going to the races in this silent comedy short. With Joe, jackie, Mary, Mickey and Farina.
MARY QUEEN OF TOTS (1925) Mary plays a lonely little rich girl whose dolls resemble members of our gang. When she sees the actual our gang kids, she thinks her dols have come to life in this
silent comedy short subject. With Mary Kornman, Joe, Jackie, Mickey and Farina.
The second Our Gang disc includes:
THE BEAR SHOOTERS (1930) The gang goes bear hunting and run across bootleggers instead in this talking comedy short subject. With Jackie Cooper, Mary Ann, Farina, Spud, Wheezer and Chubby.
THE OUR GANG FOLLIES OF 1938 (1937). Alfalfa abandons his career as a crooner just as the gang puts on a big show in this talking comedy short. With Alfalfa, Spanky , Darla, Dickie (Jones)
SCHOOL'S OUT (1930). Our gang mistakes their teacher, Miss Crabtree's,brother, for a boyfriend causing serious consternation and dismay. With Jackie Cooper, Chubby, Mary Anne, Farina, Wheezer, Stymie and June Marlowe as Miss Crabtree.
The THREE STOOGES Disc One:
DISORDER IN THE COURT (1936) Moe, Larry and Curly have to testify in court. This short contains Curly's famous swearing in routine
THE BRIDELESS GROOM (1947) Shemp must marry before six o'clock to inherit a fortune but amazingly cannot find someone to accept his proposal. With Moe and Larry.
MALICE IN THE PALACE (1949) Restaurantuers Moe, Larry and Shemp embark on an adventure to recover a King's stolen diamond.
SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947) Tailors Moe, Larry and Shemp are hot on the trail of a bank robber attempting to find a missing safe combination in his pants pockets.
THE THREE STOOGES DISC TWO:
JACK OF ALL TRADES (1949) Moe, Larry and Shemp's TV pilot for ABC television in this very rare short film.
Three rarely seen comming attraction trailers of actual Three Stooges shorts.
Rare color footage of the Stooges doing what they did best, fumbling around as bakers, campers and golfers
Seventeen full color Three Stooges cartoons from the sixties.
The GROUCHO MARX Disc:
This disc contains 12 episodes of Groucho's classic Tv quiz program, "You Bet Your Life," which aired between 1949 and 1960.
The JACK BENNY Disc:
This disc features five episodes of THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM form the 1950s and 1960s with guest stars George Burns, Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, Giselle MacKenzie "and more."
Given the age of these films, the video quality and the sound are quite good and as I have said before, it is nicely packaged. This set would probably be ideal for a casual fan of these artists of perhaps someone who is not too familiar with these comedians .
Because of the easy availability of these films I am rating this box set a solid three stars, fun to watch but nothing essential.