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What is your favorite Old Hollywood comedy film?

Asked by rockfan (12925points) 4 weeks ago from iPhone

I recently watched George Cukor’s “Born Yesterday” for the very first time, and it instantly went to number 1 on my list of favorite classic comedies. Judy Holliday’s performance was sublime.

What’s your favorite? And why?

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janbb's avatar

My Dad was in a social group with Judy Holliday!

Favourite classic comedy has to be “A Night at the Opera.”

kritiper's avatar

“The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer.” (1946) Watch it and you’ll see!

Nomore_lockout's avatar

“A Night in Casablanca”, the Marx Brothers. Groucho at his funniest. “That’s my wife, you should be ashamed”. “If that’s really your wife, YOU should be ashamed!”

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

The Marx brothers stand out as the best to me. Also, I watched a few Charlie Chaplin films for the first time a few years ago, and it was apparent how he was the most popular artist of his time. He was funny and amazingly charming. You love his character. Modern Times is his movie I like best, but that’s also because Paulette Goddard is so hot.

mazingerz88's avatar

Gold Rush
It Happened One Night
The Apartment

YARNLADY's avatar

Blazing Saddles
Some Like It Hot

Zaku's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay Since you like Chaplin, I’d recommend Harold Lloyd films as well. He too is charming and funny, and he does his own amazing stunts.

kneesox's avatar

I think my pick would be Harold Lloyd’s films, any of them. Brilliant. That clock one…

janbb's avatar

@kneesox @Zaku Harold Lloyd was amazing. The one where he climbs up a building? Buster Keaton was great too. And Chaplin of course.

But since I really like verbal humor, I’d still go with the Marx Brothers for favorite.

By the way, if anyone hasn’t seen the recent film “Stan and Ollie” about Laurel and Hardy’s friendship, it is a treat. It stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly and it is both poignant and funny even if, like me, you are not a Laurel and Hardy fan.

Brian1946's avatar

Harold Lloyd’s clock scene is from Safety Last!

Brian1946's avatar

I’ve always enjoyed Marxist humor, and one of my favorites is Duck Soup:

“Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film from Italy because he thought it was a direct attack on him. When news of this reached The Marx Brothers, they were reportedly ecstatic.”

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Forever_Free's avatar

I was a fan of W.C. Fields when I was a kid.
I loved his part in “If I had a Million” when he would crash his car into a “Road Hog” and then jump into an awaiting vehicle and then go find another road idiot to crash.
I also loved Harold Lloyd. I don’t recall the movie, but the scene was hanging from a clock on a building.
Others:
Buster Keaton
Blondie and Dagwood
Laurel and Hardy
Mae West
Charlie Chaplin
Marx Brothers
Abbott and Costello
Little Rascals

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