3 posts tagged with comedy by fleacircus.
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John L. Sullivan, a $4,000-a-week director of comedies such as So Long, Sarong and 1939's Ants in Your Plants sets out to experience the hard life as a tramp to prepare himself for his next more serious movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou? -- against the wishes of his studio and staff, and with the somewhat involuntary help of an owl wagon met frail, or perhaps beasel is the term. [more inside]
The city is breathless waiting for the results of the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest; first prize: a staggering $25,000. Jimmy MacDonalad, a $20/week clerk and serial slogan contest entrant, thinks he's got it locked in this time with his entry -- If you can't sleep, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk! (It's a pun, you see.) With the prize money he and his girl Betty can finally get married. Who knows what wackiness might ensue if some of the fellas forged a fake telegram telling him he'd won? Written and directed by Preston Sturges. [more inside]
It's 1939, and an unlikely seaside crooner must rescue a aged scientist and his vivacious daughter from the Nazis, before they steal his secret technology for war. It's not Top Secret, it's Night Train to Munich, a 1940 British spy thriller comedy starring Paul Henreid (Casablanca) and Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady). From The Lady Vanishes return top-billed Margaret Lockwood, the screenwriters Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, and — most importantly — cricket-brained comic duo Charters and Caldicott (Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford), thus establishing a Charters and Caldicott Cinematic Universe. [more inside]