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The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Documentary | 9 July 1965 (Portugal)
A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »

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Robert Youngson

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Robert Youngson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Greta Garbo ... Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
The Marx Brothers ... Actors in 'Go West' (archive footage)
Jean Harlow ... Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Cary Grant ... Actor in 'Suzy' (archive footage)
Spencer Tracy ... Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
Katharine Hepburn ... Tracy Lord (archive footage)
W.C. Fields ... Wilkins Micawber in 'David Copperfield' (archive footage)
Stan Laurel ... Stan in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
William Powell ... Nick Charles (archive footage)
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles (archive footage)
Lucille Ball ... Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
Red Skelton ... Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage)
Robert Taylor ... Raymond Dabney in 'Personal Property' (archive footage)
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A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at Eight" and "Bonnie Scotland." Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Imagine! All these and many more great stars! (On poster depicting classic comedy stars of the movie). See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1965 (Portugal) See more »

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MGM's Big Parade of Comedy See more »

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Mono
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Made it's New York television debut on Sunday, 10 August 1969 on WNBC channel 4. See more »

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Narrator: Great stars come one of a kind. Harlow has had no substitute.
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The opening credits display the main cast and crew members names on wind swept banners passing by the camera, as if in a "big parade." See more »

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Features Hold Your Man (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
In the score during a scene of A Southern Yankee (1948)
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What's So Funny
16 August 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Funny stuff, but arranged without much rhyme or reason, by compiler Robert Youngson. Obviously, the first limitation is that the clips are exclusively from one studio. Moreover, there is no real attempt to present the very best of what was available at MGM. "The Big Parade of Comedy" is neither a definitive look at MGM's comedy pictures, nor does it present a comprehensive look at any one comedian.

Narrator Les Tremayne is helpful identifying performers who may not be familiar to modern audiences - along with top-billed stars Clark Gable and Greta Garbo, who co-sizzled for real in "Susan Lenox" (1931). Most haphazard is the tacking on, without explanation, of some Dave O'Brien comedy shorts. The material is good, but should only be considered a sample. Seeking the original works is imperative.

***** The Big Parade of Comedy (9/23/64) Robert Youngson ~ Les Tremayne, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Dave O'Brien


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