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The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Documentary | 9 July 1965 (Portugal)
A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »

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Robert Youngson

Writer:

Robert Youngson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Greta Garbo ... Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
The Marx Brothers ... Actors in 'Go West' (archive footage)
Jean Harlow ... Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Cary Grant ... Actor in 'Suzy' (archive footage)
Spencer Tracy ... Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
Katharine Hepburn ... Tracy Lord (archive footage)
W.C. Fields ... Wilkins Micawber in 'David Copperfield' (archive footage)
Stan Laurel ... Stan in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
William Powell ... Nick Charles (archive footage)
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles (archive footage)
Lucille Ball ... Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
Red Skelton ... Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage)
Robert Taylor ... Raymond Dabney in 'Personal Property' (archive footage)
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A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at Eight" and "Bonnie Scotland." Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Imagine! All these and many more great stars! (On poster depicting classic comedy stars of the movie). See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1965 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

MGM's Big Parade of Comedy See more »

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Mono
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Trivia

Made it's New York television debut on Sunday, 10 August 1969 on WNBC channel 4. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Out of the distance, bubbles an inspired team who's grip on movie immortality becomes stronger with each passing year: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits display the main cast and crew members names on wind swept banners passing by the camera, as if in a "big parade." See more »

Connections

References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Bob Benchley
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Music by Bernard Green
Lyrics by Robert Youngson
Performed by uncredited singers
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Laughs Without Comedians
21 October 2019 | by Grendel1950See all my reviews

This picture is the prime example of how MGM ruined some of the greatest comedians in film. It had the best writers, best directors, best cinematographers, and they mistakenly thought dropping comedians like the Marx Brothers and, most lamentably, Keaton, into their studio films and expected superior results. They forgot, or refused to acknowlegde, that there was such a a thing as a Keaton comedy, or Laurel and Hardy routines. Look at the cast list here; how many real comedians are there? Very few. We get comic bits from mostly straight actors who had the chance to say or do something funny in an MGM movie. Are there laughs? Sure, and if you're looking for comedy you can find it here. If you're looking for a Big Parade of Comedians, you'd better go elsewhere.


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