On a 1 to 10 scale, this collection is rated: 6.2
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 05/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The COMEDY KINGS 50 MOVIE PACK includes 45 titles not previously available on MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT box sets. Most of these films were made in the 1930s and '40s; a few are from the 50s, the newest was released in 1962. They're all public domain comedies from such favorites as the Dead End Kids, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Hutton, William Powell and Walter Brennan. Supporting players include Edgar Kennedy, Adolphe Menjou, Margaret Hamilton, Buster Keaton and William Demarest. COMEDY KINGS a fine collection of lesser-known vintage movies that are filled with hours of laughter, silliness and high jinks.
The 1 to 10 score for this DVD box set was calculated from polling data maintained by a film resource website. Forty-three titles here currently average a rating of: 6.2.
The following alphabetized program list includes individual poll numbers for each film, as well as years of release and the most prominent actors.
(5.7) The Admiral Was A Lady (1950) - Edmund O'Brien/Wanda Hendrix/Rudy Vallee
(5.4) Affairs Of Cappy Ricks (1937) - Walter Brennan/Mary Brian/Lyle Talbot
(5.2) All Over Town (1937) - Olsen & Johnson/Franklin Pangborn/James Finlayson
(6.5) The Animal Kingdom (1932) - Ann Harding/Leslie Howard/Myrna Loy
(5.9) Behave Yourself! (1951) - Farley Granger/Shelley Winters/William Demarest
(6.0) Boys Of The City (1940) - The Dead End Kids
(6.6) A Bride For Henry (1937) - Anne Nagel/Warren Hull/Henry Mollison
(6.2) Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946) - Charles Coburn/Joan Bennett/Donald Meek (in support)
(5.9) Country Gentleman (1936) - Olsen & Johnson/Joyce Compton/Ray Corrigan (in support)
(6.3) Escape to Paradise (1939) - Bobby Breen/Kent Taylor/Marla Shelton
(???) False Pretenses (1935) - Irene Ware/Sidney Blackmer/Betty Compson
(6.6) Flying Wild (1941) - The Dead End Kids
(5.5) Freckles Comes Home (1942) - Johnny Downs/Gale Storm/Mantan Moreland
(5.9) The Gang's All Here (1941) - Frankie Darro/Marcia Mae Jones/Mantan Moreland
(???) Goodbye Love (1933) - Charles Ruggles/Verree Teasdale/Sidney Blackmer
(5.2) The Groom Wore Spurs (1951) - Ginger Rogers/Jack Carson/Joan Davis
(5.4) Hay Foot (1942) - William Tracy/James Gleason/Noah Beery Jr.
(6.0) Heading For Heaven (1947) - Stuart Erwin/Irene Ryan/Milburn Stone
(6.0) Her Favorite Patient ("Bedside Manner") (1945) - John Carroll/Ruth Hussey/Charles Ruggles
(5.3) Here Comes Trouble (1948) - William Tracy/Joe Sawyer/Betty Compson
(6.3) His Double Life (1933) - Roland Young/Lillian Gish/Montagu Love
(5.7) His Private Secretary (1933) - John Wayne/Evelyn Napp/Al St. John
(5.1) Hollywood And Vine (1945) - James Ellison/Wanda McKay/Franklin Pangborn
(7.0) I'm From Arkansas (1944) - Slim Summerville/El Brendel/Al St. John (in support)
(6.8) The Inspector General (1949) - Danny Kaye/Walter Slezak/Elsa Lanchester/Alan Hale (in support)
(8.1) The Kid (silent-1921) - Charlie Chaplin/Edna Purviance/Jackie Coogan
(5.1) The Lady Says No (1952) - Joan Caulfield/David Niven/Frances Bavier (in support)
(7.3) Life With Father (1947) - William Powell/Irene Dunn/Elizabeth Taylor
(6.1) Lonely Wives (1931) - Edward Everett Horton/Esther Ralston/Laura La Plante
(6.1) Lost Honeymoon (1947) - Franchot Tone/Ann Richards/Tom Conway
(???) Meet The Mayor ("A Fool's Advice") (1932) - Frank Fay/Ruth Hall/Franklin Pangborn (in support)
(6.8) The Milky Way (1936) - Harold Lloyd/Adolphe Menjou/Verree Teasdale
(6.5) Money Means Nothing (1934) - Wallace Ford/Gloria Shea/Edgar Kennedy
(6.8) Never Wave At A WAC (1952) - Rosalind Russell/Paul Douglas/Marie Wilson/Leif Erickson (in support)
(6.4) Niagara Falls (1941) - Marjorie Woodworth/Tom Brown/Zasu Pitts
(7.3) Nothing Sacred (1937) - Carole Lombard/Fredric March/Frank Fay/Margaret Hamilton
(6.7) The Nut Farm (1935) - Wallace Ford/Betty Alden/Florence Roberts
(5.9) Palooka (1934) - Jimmy Durante/Lupe Velez/Stuart Erwin
(5.1) Peck's Bad Boy With The Circus (1938) - Tommy Kelly/Ann Gillis/Edgar Kennedy/Spanky McFarland
(6.1) The Perils Of Pauline (1947) - Betty Hutton/John Lund/Billy De Wolfe/William Demarest
(6.8) The Rage of Paris (1938) - Danielle Darrieux/Douglas Fairbanks Jr./Mischa Auer
(6.2) Riding On Air (1937) - Joe E. Brown/Guy Kibbee/Florence Rice
(6.8) Road To Bali (1952) - Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour/Michael (minor role)
(5.7) St. Benny The Dip (1951) - Dick Haymes/Nina Foch/Roland Young/Freddie Bartholomew
(???) Swing It, Sailor (1938) - Wallace Ford/Ray Miller/Isabel Jewell
(6.9) Three Husbands (1951) - Eve Arden/Ruth Warrick/Howard Da Silva/Billie Burke (in support)
(???) Too Many Women (1942) - Neil Hamilton/June Lang/Joyce Compton
(5.8) The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) - Billy Gilbert/Anita Louise/Margaret Hamilton/Buster Keaton (in support)
(???) We're In The Legion Now (1936) - Reginald Denny/Esther Ralston/Vince Barnett
(???) When The Girls Take Over (1962) - Robert Lowery/Marvin Miller/Jackie Coogan"
Great But Should Have Been Titled Comedy Kings and QUEENS
"Tee" | LA | 05/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great set but it's mistitled - there are plenty of comedy QUEENS on this set, in fact in a number of the films the female star has the main part. A what a bunch of funny ladies - Eve Arden, Ginger Rogers, Carole Lombard, Betty Hutton, Irene Ryan, Joan Davis, Rosalind Russell, Lupe Velez, Marie Wilson, ZaSu Pitts, Gale Storm, Helen Broderick, Frances Baiver, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Constance Collier, etc etc as well as such legendary female stars as Lillian Gish, Irene Dunne, Dorothy Lamour, Myrna Loy, Joan Bennett, Danielle Darrieux, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Laura La Plante, Ann Harding... the list goes on.
Many of these titles are hard to find, a lot are available as single movies from Alpha but this 50 movie set will probably cost you less than three single Alpha titles and the print quality is usually not of much difference.
The most intriguing titles in the set are THE RAGE OF PARIS, a delightful American screwball film starring French diva Danielle Darrieux, a rare starring film for Eve Arden THREE HUSBANDS, Lillian Gish in one of her few early talkies HIS DOUBLE LIFE, silent greats Laura La Plante, Esther Ralston, and Patsy Ruth Miller in the wonderful talkie comedy LONELY WIVES; the incredibly sexy young Myrna Loy vs. liberated Ann Harding in THE ANIMAL KINGDOM, the improbable but fantastic teaming of Rosalind Russell and Marie Wilson in NEVER WAVE AT A WAC, plus a bunch of "B" rarities with such underrated talent as Ann Rutherford, Anne Nagel, Joan Caufield, Isabell Jewell, Betty Compson, Anita Louise, Mary Carlisle, Evelyn Knapp, Marjorie Gateson, Joyce Compton, Verree Teasdale, Ruth Hussey, Ruth Warrick, and Mary Brian. There's also a number of undeniable classic motion pictures such as THE KID, LIFE WITH FATHER, and ROAD TO BALI.
This is a really great set but I think you will agree after watching many of these films the set was mistitled. These actresses more than hold their own against the menfolk."
Good N' Silly
Ed C. Rice | NY. | 09/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mostly very funny situations. Endings are a bit sappy, but what you would expect from the Genre'.
Well worth the price, compared to other "Movie Packs"
If you like to laugh...this collection is for you!
Steve Kent | 05/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Good value if you get the lower price. This was recently as low as 11.99, as were most of the 50 packs. It then jumped to 26.99. Wait for it to go back down."