Duck Soup (1933) Director: Leo McCarey "I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows until you come home." ★★★★★ The Marx Brothers' Duck Soup is a film of enduring delights. Whereas Horse Feathers is a parody of the elite nepotism integral to the status of … Continue reading Duck Soup
Helpmates Director: James Parrot (1932) ★★☆☆☆ Helpmates is an amusing early Laurel and Hardy film lasting just over 21 minutes. It was released by MGM and tells the story of Ollie, a chubby married man, who throws a large house party while his wife is away on vacation. He receives a telegram from his wife … Continue reading Helpmates
Horse Feathers (1932) Director: Norman Z. McLeod "I don't know what they have to say. It makes no difference anyway. Whatever it is, I'm against it!" ★★★★☆ Horse Feathers is one of the greatest Marx Brothers films. It was their fourth film, following Animal Crackers, The House That Shadows Built, and Monkey Business. It was … Continue reading Horse Feathers
City Lights (1931) Director: Charlie Chaplin ★★★★★ City Lights: A Comedy of Romance in Pantomime was released three years after the rise of talkies. It was the lone silent film that was released in 1931 amidst the overwhelming growth in popularity of sound films. Remarkably City Lights not nominated for a single Academy Award. City … Continue reading City Lights
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Director: Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton ★★★★☆ Steamboat Bill Jr. was the last of Buster Keaton’s 9 independent films made for Joseph Schenck and it was the last big comedic film of the silent era. His independent feature films for Schenck included: Three Ages (1923) Our Hospitality (1923) Sherlock Jr. (1924) The Navigator (1924) Seven … Continue reading Steamboat Bill Jr.
8/31/14 The Gold Rush (1925) Director: Charlie Chaplin ★★★★★ Charlie Chaplin later declared that he wished to be remembered for The Gold Rush and, today the film is often considered one of the greatest of all time. It was Chaplin's own personal favorite. In contrast to the slapstick comedy of Buster Keaton, Chaplin’s blend of humor … Continue reading The Gold Rush