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Sappy Birthday (1942)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 5 February 1942 (USA)
Andy Clyde wishes to go golfing but his wife and brother-in-law, Hector, are convinced that Andy needs to go on a picnic with them. Andy is not 100% in favor of this change in his plans and... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Edwards

Writers:

John Grey (story and screenplay), Lloyd French (story and screenplay) (as Lloyd A. French)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Andy Clyde ... Andy 'Hole-in-One' Clyde
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Hector - Andy's Brother-In-Law
Olin Howland ... Mr. Plantem, Cemetary Plot Salesman
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Andy 'Martha' Clyde
Vernon Dent ... Neighbor Policeman, trying to sleep in the daytine
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Andy Clyde wishes to go golfing but his wife and brother-in-law, Hector, are convinced that Andy needs to go on a picnic with them. Andy is not 100% in favor of this change in his plans and tries every way he knows to avoid the picnic plan. He and Hector discuss it rather loudly and wake up the policeman next door who is sleeping. This leads to further complications. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1942 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Standard, but still fun, Columbia two-reeler
7 August 2004 | by 2reelersSee all my reviews

Columbia's Andy Clyde series ran from 1934 to 1956 and followed behind The 3 Stooges as the longest running comedy series for the studio. This little outing was advertised as "A Columbia Domestic Comedy" and continued a series of stories that, similar to Edgar Kennedy's RKO series, had Clyde pitted against his brother-in-law. Early in the series, the part of Andy's brother-in-law was played by Shemp Howard. Shemp brought a lot of laughs to films like "Home On The Rage" and "Boobs In The Woods", and he would have been right at home repeating the role in this film. Instead, Matt McHugh portrays Andy's brother-in-law, who ruins Andy's birthday from the moment the day begins. Eventually, Andy reluctantly agrees to spend the day fishing but they can't even get the car out of the driveway. While there are still plenty of laughs and some pretty good gags, one can only wish Shemp had stepped back into the role of the in-law. Shemp was a terrific ad-libber and many times you can see his co-stars trying to hold back their laughs (Just take a look at The Glove Slingers comedy "Pleased To Mitt You" for proof).

A few years later, Dick Wessel would join the series as Clyde's brother-in-law fora handful of entertaining shorts. As with all of Columbia's non-3 Stooges shorts, this title is pretty obscure, but worth a look if a copy can be found.


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