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‘THE ALOOF’–A BOB FOSSE JOINT

Dig this crazy/cool Fosse dance sequence from ‘Sweet Charity’. Set to the go-go-ized strains of ‘Big Spender, the dance known as ‘The Aloof’ is a masterful creation, Fosse at his most crypto-sexual and controlled, with a centerpiece dancer who is nothing short of phenomenal. (Who is she? Is she out

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SATURDAY STOOGEFEST

‘Loco Boy Makes Good’ (1942) was the 60th short film made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, August 1, 1941 and released on Thursday, January 8, 1942, making it the first Three Stooges short to be released after the attack

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CYD CHARISSE–THE PRE-MGM YEARS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_2Jw8S_uEghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCiiWOSa9pA Above are two exceedingly obscure and quite fascinating glimpses of Cyd Charisse in the early 1940s prior to being discovered by Arthur Freed and Robert Alton at MGM. The first is a ‘soundie’–a short musical film made to be watched in a special Jukebox that showed film reels of

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JERRY & JOHNNY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3smUviG1G_s My friend Marc Myers of JazzWax sent me this terrific guest appearance by Jerry Lewis on ‘The Tonight Show’ from 1984. Unlike many of Jerry’s appearances which were often fraught with tension and humorous banter with Carson that had a curious edge of unease, this one is straight-up delightful.

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ANDREW BERGMAN AND ARTHUR HILLER ON ‘THE IN-LAWS’

The original screenplay of ‘The In-Laws’ was written by Andrew Bergman, who was known up to that point chiefly as one of the authors of the ‘Blazing Saddles’ screenplay (he was, in fact, the originator of the entire project but these things have a way of straying from their original

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THE IN-LAWS PT. DEUX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aILHK6iHKghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2_w-QCWpS0 Apropos of yesterday’s post featuring two clips from the 1979 ‘The In-Laws’, here is the theatrical trailer followed by the ‘serpentine’ scene which still knocks me on my ass whenever I watch it. Remember going to movie theaters to see movies like this? I saw this at a theater

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‘THE IN-LAWS’: AN ARKIN & FALK JOINT

My sense is that very few people would disagree with the statement that ‘The In-Laws’ (1979) is one of the funniest talking comedies ever made. (I refer of course to the original, not the ill-advised 2003 Michael Douglas/Albert Brooks remake). The movie, written by Andrew Bergman, directed by Arthur Hiller

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SATURDAY STOOGEFEST

‘Movie Maniacs’ (1936) is the 13th short subject made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed in August, 1935 (no exact dates are available) and released on Thursday, February 20th 1936. I thought it would be an appropriate choice for this weekend, which will likely be remembered

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DINO AT HOME: 1958

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwbMr8bK45M YouTube sure takes care of its regular users well. Indeed they resemble nothing so much as the neighborhood ‘pusher’, supplying me with the stuff they know I’ll shoot up hungrily upon first sight. Apropos of yesterday’s post in which I mentioned reading Nick Tosches superb bio of Dean Martin,

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A BREIF MOMENT WITH NICK TOSCHES

I’ve been re-reading ‘Dino; Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams’, Nick Tosches’ majestic biography of Dean Martin. Calling it a bio of Dean, however, is reductive in the extreme; the book is a journey through the dark and relentless birth and progression of the American entertainment industry and

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'Pardon My Scotch' (1935) is our Three Stooges Saturday offering. Moe's fall at 3:25--not a stunt double--is truly awesome. #comedy #Violence #SlapFighting #TCM #FilmTwitter #comics https://raymonddefelitta.org/saturday-stoogefest-18/

Chico Marx plays championship #Bridge on a very strange 1960 #television show. Thanks to @MarxBrosPodcast for the excellent episode on Chico which inspired me to go in search of this gem. #comedian #TCMParty #cards https://raymonddefelitta.org/blog/

The Groucho Marx's are featured in a short #silent home #movie shot in #BeverlyHills in 1933. A very wistful and lovely glimpse of a #family and neighborhood now gone. #comedian #TCMParty #film https://raymonddefelitta.org/marxiana-pt-4-at-home-with-the-groucho-and-family/

The lovely Lillian Roth (not Susan Hayward) sings 'Why Am I So Romantic?' from the Marx Brothers 'Animal Crackers'. It's the only non-Marx musical performance in one of their movies that doesn't piss me off. #movie #comedy #singer #TCMParty #musical https://raymonddefelitta.org/marxiana-pt-3-lillian-roth-sings/

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