The Complete Hal Roach Streamliners Collection, Volume 5: Pitts & Summerville plus Other Rarities
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- Run Time: 3 hours, 51 minutes
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 13, 2020
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Classicflix
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Walter Abel, Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin, Johnny Arthur, Zasu Pitts & George Summerville|
|Directed by||Fred Guiol|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Hal Roach's innovative format known as "streamliners" debuted in September of 1941 with the military comedy Tanks a Million. For his second streamliner the following month, Roach decided to re-team veteran comic actors ZaSu Pitts and George "Slim" Summerville in Niagara Falls, a comedy that recaptured the flavor of the duo's popular 30s Universal vehicles like They Had to Get Married (1932). Their quick and equally riotous follow-up to Niagara was Miss Polly (1941).
Later in the streamliner series, Roach decided to mock the wartime Axis powers in a pair of spoofs featuring actor Bobby Watson (then the go-to performer anytime a picture featuring Adolf Hitler was in production). Watson played Der Fuehrer in The Devil with Hitler (1942) with Joe Devlin lampooning Benito Mussolini and George E. Stone doing a Japanese act. In 1943, Roach brought Watson and Devlin back as Adolf and Benito for Nazty Nuisance, but replaced Stone with a true Hal Roach veteran, Johnny Arthur.
Finally, after a hiatus from his streamliners from 1944 - 46, Roach returned in 1947 with four more on the production schedule. One of the four has been locked away for decades and largely unseen: The Fabulous Joe. Starring Walter Abel as a henpecked husband who inherits a talking dog, Joe has been exclusively remastered from a 35mm print for this set and is presented here for the first time in all its true CineColor goodness.
- Niagara Falls (1941, 43 min.)
- Miss Polly (1941, 43 min.)
- The Devil With Hitler (1942, 43 min.)
- Nazty Nuisance (1943, 43 min.)
- The Fabulous Joe (1947, 59 min.)