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Comedy Films (1890-2010)



Comedy Films

(1890-2010)


Sophisticated Snickers!


~~~~~ Comedy Films Intro ~~~~~


As You Like It (1936) – 96 minutes

Laurence Olivier does Shakespeare.


Colonel Effingham's Raid (1945) – 70 minutes, Charles Coburn, Joan Bennett

Retired colonel campaigns to save Confederate Monument Square.


Eternally Yours (1939) – 91 minutes

Loretta Young marries magician David Niven.


Father's Little Dividend (1941) – 82 minutes

Father Spencer Tracy sweats as daughter Elizabeth Taylor expects her first baby.


Heartbeat (1946) – 102 minutes

Pickpocket Ginger Rogers in Paris falls for Jean-Pierre Aumont.


His Girl Friday (1940) – 92 minutes

Cary Grant vs. Rosalind Russell in newsroom chaos! 

 

Indiscreet (1931) – 92 minutes, Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Arthur Lake


The Inspector General (1949) -- Color, 92 minutes

Danny Kaye musical comedy romp.


Judge Priest (1934) – 81 minutes

John Ford Americana with Will Rogers as a small-town judge.


Life With Father (1947) -- Color, 118 minutes

William Powell, Irene Dunne in celebrated Broadway hit.


Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) – 93 minutes, Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone

Andy goes to college after WWII duty.


The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) – 70 minutes

Roger Corman horror spoof with the talking plant.


My Dear Secretary (1948) – 92 minutes, Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day, Keenan Wynn


My Man Godfrey (1936) – 95 minutes, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick


Nothing Sacred (1937) -- Color, 77 minutes

Carole Lombard vs. Fredric March!


The Rage of Paris (1938) – 78 minutes

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Louis Hayward battle over Danielle Darrieux.


The Smallest Show on Earth (1957) – British, 80 minutes, Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford

A young couple inherits a decrepit movie theater.


The Stork Club (1945) – 98 minutes

Night club singer Betty Hutton befriends Barry Fitzgerald.


That Uncertain Feeling (1941) – 84 minutes

Ernst Lubitsch romp with Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith.


Topper Returns (1941) – 88 minutes

Roland Young helps ghost Joan Blondell catch her murderer.


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THOSE LOVABLE CLOWNS!


Africa Screams (1949) – 80 minutes

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on a jungle safari .


All Over Town (1937) – 63 minutes, Ole Olson and Chic Johnson


The Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937) – 60 minutes

Starring Walter Brennan as sea captain.


Check and Double Check (1930) – 77 minutes

Amos 'n Andy stars Freeman F. Gosden and Charles J. Correll in their only screen comedy (in black face).


Country Gentlemen (1936) – 65 minutes, Ole Olson and Chic Johnson


The Flying Deuces (1939) – 65 minutes

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the Foreign Legion.


The Gorilla (1939) – 66 minutes

Ritz Brothers try to solve mystery and avoid killer ape.


The Great Rupert (1950) – 88 minutes, aka A Christmas Wish

Jimmy Durante aided by animated squirrel.


Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) -- Color, 78 minutes

Abbott and Costello spin on the tale.


Lay That Rifle Down (1955) – 71 minutes

Judy Canova vs. con men in small town.


Uncle Joe (1941) – 51 minutes, Gale Storm, Zasu Pitts, Slim Summerville

Gale Storm visits relatives in the country.


The Medicine Man (1939) – 63 minutes

Jack Benny is medicine man carny who falls for abused frontier girl.


The Milky Way (1936) – 89 minutes

Harold Lloyd is mild milkman turned prize fighter.


My Favorite Brunette (1947) – 87 minutes

Bob Hope turns detective to save Dorothy Lamour.


Palooka (1934) – 86 minutes

Stu Irwin is comic-strip boxer Joe Palooka , managed by Jimmy Durante.


Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931) – 75 minutes

Buster Keaton becomes entangled in a rich man's scheme to marry off his aggressive sister-in-law.


Road to Bali (1952) -- Color, 90 minutes

Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour in the South Seas.


The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) – 90 minutes

Harold Lloyd cuts loose in middle age.


Speak Easily (1932) – 80 minutes

Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Thelma Todd -- putting on a show.



JOE E. BROWN


Earthworm Tractors (1936) – 68 minutes

Joe E. Brown is a go-getter but a know-nothing salesman of tractors.


Fit for a King (1937) – 73 minutes

Joe E. Brown is a reporter who falls in love with a crown princess and exposes an assassination plot.


Riding On Air (1937) – 58 minutes

Two small-town newspaper reporters are both after a local girl and the real story about a mysterious device.


When's Your Birthday? (1937) – 76 minutes

Joe E. is a mild-mannered astrologer who becomes a prizefighter.


BERT WHEELER AND ROBERT WOOLSEY


Dixiana (1930) – 98 minutes

Wheeler and Woolsey, Bebe Daniels in period comedy set during Mardi Gras, with color sequence.


Half Shot at Sunrise (1930) – 78 minutes

Wheeler and Woolsey are two soldiers AWOL in Paris.


Hook, Line and Sinker (1930) – 75 minutes

Comics Wheeler and Woolsey play fast-talking salesmen who help an innocent young hotel operator. 


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ROMANTIC SCREWBALLS!


The Admiral Was a Lady (1950) – 87 minutes, Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Hendrix

Ex-WAVE encounters four fun-loving, work-hating men, all of whom want to marry her.


The Amazing Adventure (1936) – Britain, 63 minutes

Rich Cary Grant feigns poorness to discover life.


Angel on My Shoulder (1946) – 101 minutes

Gangster Paul Muni double crosses the Devil, Claude Rains.


Beyond Tomorrow (1940) – 84 minutes

Romantic story of two lovers brought together on Christmas Eve by three ghosts.


The Front Page (1931) – 101 minutes

Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien in the first filming of the famous stage comedy.


The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932) – 79 minutes

Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, Madge Evans are money hungry women who have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury.


Her Favorite Patient (1945) – 72 minutes, aka Bedside Manner

Beautiful doctor Ruth Hussey meets handsome patient John Carroll.


Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) – 72 minutes, Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott

When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right.


His Private Secretary (1933) – 60 minutes, John Wayne, Evalyn Knapp

Dick Wallace wants to marry a minister's granddaughter but his father wants him in the family business.


Lost Honeymoon (1947) – 72 minutes, Franchot Tone, Ann Richards, Tom Conway 


Made for Each Other (1939) – 92 minutes, James Stewart, Charles Coburn, Lucile Watson


Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932) – 71 minutes, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., William Farnum, Earle Browne


People Are Funny (1946) – 93 minutes

Jack Haley, Ozzie Nelson, Rudy Vallee in film version of the Art Linkletter radio show.


The Perils of Pauline (1947) -- Color, 94 minutes

Betty Hutton in a musical comedy as silent movie heroine Pearl White.


Reaching for the Moon (1931) – 67 minutes

Douglas Fairbanks woos Bebe Daniels on a cruise. 


Sitting On the Moon (1936) -- 54 minutes

Musical romance with Grace Bradley, Roger Pryor


Road Show (1941) – 87 minutes, Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis

Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger, and escapes by feigning insanity.


Royal Wedding (1951) -- Color, 93 minutes

Stanley Donen MGM musical with Fred Astaire, Jane Powell.


Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) – 81 minutes, Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone


Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948) – 76 minutes, Guy Madison, Diana Lynn

A would-be playwright and a young woman escaping from a job at a gas station meet and fall in love.


There Goes the Bride (1979) – Britain, Color, 88 minutes, Tommy Smothers, Twiggy and Jim Backus


Three Guys Named Mike (1951) – 90 minutes, Jane Wyman, Van Johnson, Howard Keel

Jane Wyman dates 3 men named Mike.



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COLOR COMEDIES!


Congratulations, It's a Boy! (1971) -- Color, 79 minutes

TV movie starring Bill Bixby, Diane Baker, Jack Albertson. A bachelor's life is interrupted by the appearance of a teenager who claims to be his son.


The Fat Spy (1966) -- Color, 75 minutes

Jack E. Leonard as twins with Jayne Mansfield, Phyllis Diller on an island.


Hard Knox (1984) -- Color, 93 minutes, Robert Conrad

A retired fighter pilot becomes head of his alma mater military school for two weeks, with hilarious consequences.


It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975) – Canada, Color, 106 minutes

Anthony Newley plays a poor avant-garde artist who struggles with an ex-wife's remarriage to a building contractor.


Lovers and Liars (1980) – Italy, Color, 96 minutes, Goldie Hawn

It's about this world-weary, chain smoker, bag-eyed, married guy, who drives to his dad's house (the dad is dying) and takes Goldie along--he finds her at his mistress's house.


The Nasty Rabbit (1964) -- Color, 88 minutes

Arch Hall Jr. in a spoof of spy films.


The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969) -- Color, 74 minutes

Western spoof with Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Rick Nelson.


The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970) -- Color, 74 minutes

Sequel western spoof with Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Fred Astaire, Chill Wills.


Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978) -- Color, 72 minutes

Bob Denver and the gang in feature version of the TV show.


The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976) -- Color, 94 minutes

Bob Denver western spoof, compiled from TV show "Dusty's Trail."


Wake Me When the War is Over (1969) -- Color, 75 minutes

Pilot hidden by baroness (Eva Gabor) at tail end of WWII. She doesn't tell him the war ends so she can keep him.



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B-MOVIE COMEDIES!


Always in Trouble (1938) – 70 minutes, Jane Withers, Jean Rogers, Arthur Treacher


Baby Face Morgan (1942) – 60 minutes, Richard Cromwell, Mary Carlisle , Robert Armstrong


Big News (1929) – 66 minutes, Carole Lombard, Robert Armstrong, Louis Payne


The Big Show-Off (1945) – 60 minutes

Dale Evans, Arthur Lake in nightclub romance.


Bill Cracks Down (1937) – 61 minutes, Grant Withers. Ranny Weeks


Broadway Limited (1941) – 75 minutes, Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe

Publicity mix-ups with star and adopted/kidnapped baby.


Freckles Comes Home (1942) – 59 minutes, Johnny Downs and Gale Storm


Hollywood and Vine (1945) – 58 minutes

Small town girl heads to Hollywood.


The Gang's All Here (1941) – 61 minutes

Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland go into trucking business.


False Pretenses (1935) – 68 minutes

Irene Ware aspires to crash high society.


Goodbye Love (1933) – 65 minutes

Wealthy Charlie Ruggles involved with some women with ulterior motives.


We're in the Legion Now (1936) – 54 minutes

Two American gangsters find themselves in the Foreign Legion and use mob skills to prevail.


The Great Mike (1944) – 72 minutes

Stuart Erwin tries to turn a milk horse into a race horse.


Hay Foot (1942) – 48 minutes

William Tracy, Joe Sawyer in the army.


Here Comes Trouble (1948) – 55 minutes

William Tracy, Joe Sawyer are reporters involved in murder.


His Double Life (1933) – 67 minutes, Lillian Gish

Artist Roland Young changes identities when his valet dies.


I'm From Arkansas (1944) – 67 minutes

Slim Summerville, El Brendel in low brow country comedy with music. Mayhem ensues in a small town when a sow gives birth to a Guinness Book of World Records litter.


A Bride for Henry (1937) – 58 minutes, Anna Neagel

Jilted bride marries lawyer instead, but he always loved her.


Heading for Heaven (1947) – 65 minutes

Stuart Erwin thinks he is about to die.


It's A Joke Son (1947) – 63 minutes

Kenny Delmar is Senator Claghorn.


Zis Boom Bah (1942) – 61 minutes, Grace Hayes, Mary Healy, Peter Lind Hayes


King Kelly of the USA (1934) – 66 minutes

Guy Robertson, Edgar Kennedy in mythical kingdom.


Li'l Abner (1940) – 78 minutes

The comic strip comes to life, with Buster Keaton, Edgar Kennedy.


Lonely Wives (1931) – 87 minutes

Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston and Laura La Plante in comedy of mistaken identity.


Make a Million (1935) – 66 minutes, Charles Starrett, Guy Asher, Jimmy Aubrey


Money Means Nothing (1934) – 64 minutes

Tire salesman Wallace Ford falls for debutante, with Edgar Kennedy.


Meet the Mayor (1932) – 63 minutes

Frank Fay, Ruth Hall in small town mayor race.


The Nut Farm (1935) – 67 minutes

Actor Wallace Ford tries to get sister's money back from con men.


Private Snuffy Smith (1942) – 67 minutes, Edgar Kennedy

The comic strip comes to life. Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents and enlists!


The Royal Bed (1931) – 73 minutes, Lowell Sherman, Mary Astor

Troubles with the Royals in mythical kingdom.


St. Benny the Dip (1951) – 69 minutes, Dick Haymes

Three con men disguise as priests to escape police, then start doing good.


The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) – 67 minutes

Buster Keaton, Hugh Herbert, Billy Gilbert in spoof of old-fashioned melodramas.


Too Many Women (1942) – 66 minues

Neil Hamilton and June Lang can’t afford to get married.


The Town Went Wild (1944) – 65 minutes

Young engaged couple may have been mixed up at birth.


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THE EAST SIDE KIDS!

Engaging comedy adventures starring former Dead End Kids Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Billy Benedict and Sammy Morrison


Ghosts on the Loose (1943) – 65 minutes

Kids vs. Nazi spy Bela Lugosi.


Spooks Run Wild (1941) – 65 minutes

Kids invade spooky mansion haunted by Bela Lugosi in Dracula cape.


Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941) – 62 minutes

Muggs escapes a life of crime to become a Golden Gloves boxing champ.


Million Dollar Kid (1944) – 65 minutes

Boys reform rich kid leading life of crime.


'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942) – 62 minutes

Bobby Jordan framed for murder. 


Murder in the Clouds (1934) – 61 minutes

Plane film with Lyle Talbot.


Flying Wild (1941) – 64 minutes

Working in aviation factory, the gang suspects a spy.


That Gang of Mine (1940) – 62 minutes

Muggs is a jockey.


Kid Dynamite (1943) – 66 minutes

Muggs and Danny battle throughout.


Pride of the Bowery (1941) – 61 minutes

Muggs goes into boxing.


Boys of the City (1940) – 65 minutes

Muggs and gang meet haunted house in the country.


Let's Get Tough! (1942) – 62 minutes

Kids expose a ring of Japanese spies out to overthrow USA!


Smart Alecks (1942) – 60 minutes

Kids steal baseball uniforms.


Mr. Wise Guy (1942) – 70 minutes

The boys go to reform school after being falsely accused of stealing a truck.


East Side Kids (1940) – 62 minutes

Slum kids take on counterfeiters. First in the series, but it does NOT star Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey and the other kids.


Clancy Street Boys (1943) – 66 minutes

Muggs enlists the boys to be his siblings.


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DR. CHRISTIAN SERIES

RKO’s pleasant drama-comedies star Jean Hersholt as kindly country doctor Dr. Christian, with Dorothy Lovett as his nurse.


Meet Dr. Christian (1939) – 63 minutes

Jean Hersholt stars as a small-town doctor who solves difficulties.


The Courageous Dr. Christian (1940) – 63 minutes

An epidemic breaks out in Shantytown.


Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940) – 63 minutes

Rod LaRoque plays a fake doctor with a diet scam.


Remedy for Riches (1940) – 68 minutes

Scam artist tries to take the town with phony land deal.


Melody for Three (1941) – 63 minutes

The doctor helps a single mother with a young violin protege.


They Meet Again (1941) – 63 minutes

The doctor aids a bank teller accused of stealing.


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LUM 'N' ABNER

Rural comedies centered around Lum and Abner's "Jot-Em-Down" general store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Based on a popular radio show of the 1940's.


Dreaming Out Loud (1940) – 81 minutes

Chester Lauk and Norris Goff as Lum and Abner get involved in the lives of various residents of their small town.


The Bashful Bachelor (1942) – 78 minutes

Abner trades for a race horse while Lum proposes to the wrong woman.


Two Weeks to Live (1943) – 76 minutes

After the boys claim a railroad, Abner is wrongly given two weeks to live, so he volunteers to go to Mars in a rocket.


So This Is Washington (1943) – 64 minutes

Boys invent synthetic rubber to help the war effort.


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COMEDY SHORTS!


Clark and McCullough Comedy Festival (1930's) -- Bobby Clark and Jimmy Finlayson

The Gay Nighties, Snug in the Jug, False Roomers and Jitters the Butler


The Three Stooges Shorts – 110 minutes

Disorder in the Court, Sing a Song of Six Pants, The Brideless Groom, Malice in the Palace -- plus a 1949 pilot TV show and color skits


LEON ERROL SHORTS!


Twin Husbands (1946)

Pretty Dolly (1942)

His Pest Friend (1938)

The Dummy Owner (1938)

Bested by a Beard (1940)

Man-I-Cured (1941)


EDGAR KENNEDY SHORTS!

Comedian Edgar Kennedy made a series of 103 shorts for RKO where he played an "Average Man."


I’ll Build It Myself

Feather Your Nest

Hold your Temper

Beaux and Errors

Wrong Direction

Will Power

Help Wanted Female


Quiet Please

Taint Legal

Television Turmoil

In Love at 40

Kennedy’s Castle

Edgar Hamlet


Rough On Rents (1942)

The Other Fellow (1937)

Mutiny in the County (1940)

You Drive Me Crazy (1945)

Dumb's the Word (1937)

Poisoned Ivory (1934)

The Big Beef (1945)


Vocalizing (1936)

Baby Daze (1939)

Do or Diet (1947)

Duck Soup (1933)

Mother-in-Law Day (1932)

Art in the Raw (1933)

 

Next Door Neighbors (1930)

Social Terrors (1946)

The Hillbilly Goat (1937)

Inferior Decorator (1942)

Tramp Trouble (1937)

Maid to Order (1939)





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