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Kings and Queens of Slapstick
Kings and Queens of Slapstick
Genres: Comedy
2008     1hr 12min

A fun collection of outstanding comedy highlights! SLAPSTICK - Slapstick, a school of comedy that has all but vanished from the movie screens of today. Often imaginative, always fast and furious, slapstick, more than any ...  more »


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Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: TeleVista
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 09/16/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 12min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Montages of silent and early sound era comedians and actors
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 12/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"TELEVISTA's THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF SLAPSTICK includes a 9:44 slide show, a film clip montage called "The Clown Princes of Hollywood" (12:44), plus a 1931 fundraising short originally entitled "The Slippery Pearls." After this film was shown in the theater, a live speaker would solicit donations for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatarium.

The plot of the retitled "Stolen Jools" is merely an opportunity for dozen of stars to make brief appearances. It involves police efforst to recover Norma Shearer's missing necklace. Seen here are comedy teams, the early sound era Lttle Rascals, comedians and dramatic actors. The extensive list of performers include:

Wallace Beery, Buster Keaton, Edward G. Robinson, Laurel & Hardy, Wheeler & Woolsey, Our Gang members Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Mary Ann Jackson, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins and Pete the Dog. Miss Shearer is here of course, also Polly Moran, Hedda Hopper, Joan Crawford, Victor McLaglen, Warner Baxter (as the Cisco Kid) and Irene Dunne and Richard Dix-- they both had recently appeared in the first Oscar-winning western "Cimarron."

Other cameos include: Gary Cooper, Eugene Pallette, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young, Bebe Daniels, Stuart Erwin, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Frank Fay, Joe E. Brown, Mitzi Green, Charles Butterworth and Jack Oakie. And there's still MORE!

Between the film clip montage and "The Stolen Jools" this hour and 12 minute program is a who's who of early Hollywood.

Also recommended from TELEVISTA is Volume 1 of their silent-era short series, OLD TIME COMEDY CLASSICS. Included here are complete versions of these rarities: "Daily Dozens" (1926), "Injun Trouble" (1926), "Please Excuse Me" (1926) and "Tin Hoss" (1925)."