Cavalcade of Comedy: The Paramount Comedy Shorts, 1929-1933

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1929
  • Label: Kino Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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16 Complete Classic Films!

Hollywood Boulevard intersects Broadway in this lively collection of classic shorts from the Paramount Studios. In the late 1920s and early '30s - when the movie industry was just learning to talk - Paramount wisely turned to the New York stage for a new crop of entertainers who had already mastered the nuances of verbal comedy. This anthology serves as a laugh-filled time capsule of the brightest lights of vaudeville, showcasing the early works of such American legends as Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen, Eddie Cantor, and George Jessel (who originated the lead role of The Jazz Singer on stage). It also provides a fascinating historical record of some of the stage legends who have begun to fade from memory, including Lulu McConnell, Tom Howard and Smith & Dale (the inspiration for Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys).

Also included are Lighthouse Love and Cleaning Up, a pair of Mack Sennett comedies that disprove the myth that sound technology destroyed the slapstick tradition. This DVD reveals three incarnations of a popular subgenre of slapstick, the home-builder's nightmare: The Plasterers, Plastered and A Put Up Job. Watching the three films together (made in 1929, 1930 and 1931), one can follow the evolution of vaudeville slapstick to its own truly cinematic form.

Titles included:

  • Fit To Be Tied (1930, with George Burns & Gracie Allen)
  • Getting A Ticket (1929, with Eddie Cantor)
  • A Broadway Romeo (1931, with Jack Benny
  • What Price, Pants? (1931, with Smith & Dale)
  • It Might Be Worse (1931, with George Jessel)
  • Sing, Bing, Sing (1933, with Bing Crosby)
  • The Introduction Of Mrs. Gibbs (1930, with LuLu McConnell)
  • The African Dodger (1930, with Tom Howard)
  • Cleaning Up (1930, with Chester Conklin, Mack Swain & Gibson Gowland)
  • The Plasterers (1929, with Charles O'Donnell & Jack Blair)
  • Plastered (1930, with Willie West & McGinty)
  • A Put Up Job (1931, with Karl Dane & George K. Arthur)
  • Lighthouse Love (1932, with Franklin Pangborn, Mack Swain & Ben Turpin)
  • Breaking Even (1932, with Tom Howard)
  • 100% Service (1931, with George Burns & Gracie Allen)
  • Poppin' The Cork (1933, with Milton Berle)

Product Description:

This collection of rare early talkies from Paramount features some of the biggest names of the time. The list of short films includes two George Burns and Gracie Allen titles, FIT TO BY TIED and 100% SERVICE, as well as Jack Benny in A BROADWAY ROMEO and Bing Crosby in SING, BING, SING. Eddie Cantor, George Jessel, and Smith and Dale also put in appearances.

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