Comedy

64 Million Dollar Question, The (1953)


Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in a very funny skit from the Colgate Comedy Hour. It’s a spoof on a game show where Dean tortures poor Jerry for the 64 million.

A Hole in the Head (1959)


A Hole in the Head (1959) is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra and featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Dub Taylor and Joi Lansing. The film introduced the song “High Hopes”, a Sinatra standard used as a John F. Kennedy campaign song during the presidential election the following year.

A Stranger in Town (1948)


This is a cute political comedy starring Frank Morgan of Wizard of Oz fame. It was directed by Roy Rowland and produced by Robert Sisk from an original screenplay by Isobel Lennart and William Kozlenko.

Africa Screams (1949)


Africa Screams is a 1949 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The film is notable for having two members of the Three Stooges (Shemp Howard and Joe Besser) working together in a non-Stooge vehicle.

Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss, The (1936)


Cary Grant plays Earnest Bliss a rich socialite who makes a bet with his doctor that he can make a living for one year using none of his current wealth. This is a real cute movie.

Amos n’ Andy – Check and Double Check (1930)


The first Amos n’ Andy film. Amos n Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune’s station WGN.

Amos n’ Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy


The CBS series is taken off the air in 1953 because of protests from civil rights groups; host George Kirby. The TV series used African-American actors in the main roles, although the actors were instructed to keep their voices and speech patterns as close to Gosden and Correll’s as possible.

Anything Goes (1936)


Barney Miller (1975-82)


Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden) tries to remain sane while leading the 12th Precinct’s detectives: crochety, nearing-retirement Jewish-American Philip K. Fish (Abe Vigoda); naive but goodhearted Polish-American Det. Stanley “Wojo” Wojciehowicz (Max Gail); ambitious, arrogant African-American Det. Ronald “Ron” Nathan Harris (Ron Glass); philosophical, wisecracking Japanese-American Nick Yemana (Jack Soo); and dauntless Puerto Rican Chano Amanguale (Gregory Sierra).

Bees in Paradise (1944)


This musical comedy is set on a mysterious island where scantily clad warrior women hold all the power and men are regarded as disposable beings useful only for breeding purposes. Comic scenes result when four airmen arrive on the island and become the object of native womenfolk’s desires.

Best of the Ed Sullivan Show (197?)


Hosted by Carol Burnett. From over 1000 hours of classic television, these are the best performances from The Ed Sullivan Show – TV’s longest running variety program.

Boys of the City (1940)


It’s an East Side Kids Comedy Thriller.

Brideless Groom, The (1947)


In this Three Stooges short, the boys must marry off Curly Joe so that he can inherit a fortune.

Bucket of Blood, A (1959)


A Bucket of Blood is a 1959 comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Dick Miller. It teaches the important lesson that beatniks should not drink their hair tonic.

Burns and Allen – Beverly Hills Uplift Society (1952)


Gracie gets public spirited with an adventure with the society ladies of Beverly Hills.

Burns and Allen – Gracie and the Book Salesman (1955)


A door to door saleman tries to sell Gracie Allen some books with hilarious results in this episode of the Burns and Allen show.

Burns and Allen – Gracies Checking Account (1950)


Gracie just about drives the banker and George crazy with balancing her checkbook in this episode of the 1950′s comedy show.. the Burns and Allen show.

Burns and Allen – Morton’s Private Secretary (1951)


Blanche Morton gets jealous when Harry hires a new secretary and Blanche thinks it’s a pretty young secretary that came to the house to interview George.

Buster Keaton – The General (1926)


This is a silent era film about a guy who needs to become a soldier in order to impress a girl. He has two loves. One is the girl. The other is “The General”. A locomotive.

Chasing Trouble (1940)


This time Buzzy O’Brien (Frankie Darro) is a florists delivery boy. He still thinks he’s a detective though and finds out that his boss was in a foreign espionage ring. Only Buzzy, with his sometime faithful companion Jefferson (Mantan Moreland) can crack the ring and save the day.

Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) – Roger Corman


Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)


It was a good try, but this movie with no Peter Sellers just can’t compare to the Peter Sellers ones. It’s hard to make that comparison because in it’s own right this is a less than average comedy. I remember watching it in the theater.

Curtain at 8 (1933)


Actor Wylie Thorton is shot to death at his back stage birthday party. Detectives have their work cut out for them, because everyone, including a trick shooting chimpanzee wanted Wylie dead.

Danny Thomas Show – The Ballplayers (1953)


The Danny Thomas Show (known as Make Room for Daddy during the first four seasons) is a sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS. A revival series known as Make Room for Granddaddy aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971.

Danny Thomas Show – The Governess (1953)


The Danny Thomas Show (known as Make Room for Daddy during the first four seasons) is a sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS. A revival series known as Make Room for Granddaddy aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971.

Danny Thomas Show – Trip to Wisconsin (1953)


Danny Thomas goes to his in-laws house in Wisconsin and has a bit of trouble with culture shock. The Danny Thomas Show (known as Make Room for Daddy during the first four seasons) is a sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS. A revival series known as Make Room for Granddaddy aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971.

Death Kiss, The (1932)


David Manners plays a crusading studio writer, Adrienne Ames plays an actress, Bela Lugosi plays a studio manager, and Edward Van Sloan plays a film director. The comedy thriller features three leading players from the previous year’s Dracula (Lugosi, Manners, and Van Sloan), and was the first film directed by Edwin L. Marin.

Dentist, The (1932)


W.C. Fields plays a dentist in this Max Sennett film. It’s the first of 4 short 20 minute films with W.C. Fields made in 1932.

Dick (1999)


After taking a wrong turn on a White House tour, teens Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) stumble across a room packed full of President Nixon’s secrets.

Dick Van Dyke – The Night the Roof Fell In (1962)


Rob and Laura have their first big fight with each relating wild versions of what happened and whose fault it was.

Dick Van Dyke – Give me your Walls (1962)


Rob and Laura find an eccentric house painter and begin to be suspicious about him.

Dick Van Dyke – Hustling the Hustler (1962)


Buddy’s black sheep pool shark brother shows up, but Buddy wants nothing to do with him. Rob finds out he’s playing pool with a shark too late.

Dick Van Dyke – Never Name a Duck (1962)


Richey and Rob have an adventure with a couple of ducks and it becomes an important lesson for Richey.

Disorder in the Court (1936)


The Three Stooges are witnesses at a murder trial, but are not to be found. They are out playing tiddly winks.

Duffy’s Tavern (1951)


Duffy’s Tavern centers around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment’s malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie.

Elvira – Mistress of the Dark


Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1949) is an American actress best known for her on-screen horror host persona “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark“. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation.

Father Ted (1995)


A little off color and ignoring the British laugh track, I thought this BBC series about three priests exiled to remote Craggy Island, somewhere east of Ireland, was kind of entertaining. This gets a mature rating for having off color language, but really not much.

Fathers Little Dividend (1951)


Father’s Little Dividend is a 1951 comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie is the sequel to Father of the Bride (1950).

Flying Deuces, The (1939)


The Flying Deuces was the first Laurel and Hardy film not to be produced by Hal Roach, although they had played supporting roles in MGM features previously. The film was made and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Freedom State (2007)


After the apocalypse, a group of mental health patients have inherited the Earth. Armed with a short bus and imagination, they must rebuild society and find the edge of the world.

Fresh Hell (2011-2012)


It’s a little off color. It’s funnier than a rubber crutch. It’s Brent Spiners web series Fresh Hell. It follows the adventures of down on his luck Brent Spiner, his girlfriend played by Kat Steele, and his best friend in the world, Lavar Burton.

George Burns and Gracie Allen – The Rocket Girls (1955)


It just doesn’t get much cuter than this. George and Gracie are host to a bunch of space alien rocket girls.

Ghosts on the Loose (1943)


The East Side Kids set out to fix up a house in the suburbs for Glimpy’s sister and her new husband.

Gilligan’s Island (1964-67)


The Skipper and Gilligan of the S. S. Minnow and five passengers on a “three-hour tour” from Honolulu run into a tropical storm and are shipwrecked on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Golf Specialist, The (1930)


When talkies were new, there was a guy named W.C. Fields who took center stage in translating vaudeville to the silver screen.

Honey Pot, The (1967)


Rex Harrison, Cliff Robertson and Susan Hayward play in this funny comedy about a millionaire with too many mistresses. He decides to convince all of them that he is dying.

I Married a Witch (1942)


Veronica Lake stars as a witch who was burned at the stake. She returns to curse the family line of the man who sentenced her to death so that the sons will always marry poorly.

I Thank You (1941)


Inspector General, The (1949)


An American musical comedy based on the satirical play by Nikolai Gogol that deals with local corruption and a case of mistaken identity in … all early 19th century Russia. Its ambiguous sets and costumes places the study somewhere in Eastern Europe during Napoleonic rule. Perhaps because the film was produced during the onset of the Cold War, the vagueness of the setting might indicate that the producers did not want to make a comedy about Russia. This vehicle for Danny Kaye reduced the biting satire and increased the music for American audiences.

Irish Luck (1939)


Buzzy O’Brien (Frankie Darro) is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. He teams up with Jefferson (Mantan Moreland) and wants to protect Kitty Monahan(Sheila Darcy), who he only protects because her name is Kitty Monahan. The police blame Kitty for the murder and Buzzy hides her at his home with his mother (Lillian Elliott). Based on Charles Molyneaux Brown’s story “Death Hops the Bells.

Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)


Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1952 family comedy starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is a comic revision of the classic fairy tale. Like Gone with the Wind, the movie starts out monochrome and goes to color.

Jack Benny – Audrey Meadows (1952)


Jack Benny plays with Audrey Meadows in a spoof on the Honeymooners. It almost makes a guy wish Jack Benny had taken Jackie Gleasons place in the Honeymooners.

Jack Benny – Jack Gets Robbed (1952)


Jack has trouble falling asleep because of a leaking faucet, but he’s ready for the burglars who want to ransack his house with booby traps.

Jack Benny – The $64,000 Question (1961)


Jack Benny’s spoof on the infamous TV show, the $64,000 question, which was known for being a bit on the shady side.

Jack Benny Goes Christmas Shopping (1950)


This is the 1950 Jack Benny Christmas show where Jack Benny gives Rochester a dollar and a lecture on the evils of wine, women and song.

Jack Benny Program – Jack Casting For Television Special (1961)


Jack Benny and Rochester are trying to find some talent for his show and finds the perfect 10 year old to play young Jack Benny.

Jack Benny Show – Guest Humphrey Bogart (1950)


In this episode Jack Benny plays a cop who beats a confession and a Lucky Strike cigarette commercial out of Humphrey Bogart.

Jack Benny Show – Jack and Bing Crosby (1952)


The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.

Jack Benny Show – Jack Takes a Train Trip (1952)


In this episode of the The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, Jack Benny and Rochester take a train trip to New York so Jack can talk to his sponsor.

Judge Priest (1934)


Judge Priest depicting life in Kentucky after the Civil War and Reconstruction Period. It still shows the stereotypes and prejudices which existed at that time in a somewhat humorous manner. Based on a story by the noted Kentucky humorist, Irvin S. Cobb, it presents life as one would have imagined it at that time period.

Keystone Cops (1912-1917)


The Keystone cops were incompetent fictional policemen capable of extreme slapstick. Mac Sennett was responsible for changing comedy forever. By 1914, Sennet shifted the Keystone Kops from starring roles to background characters for comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle.

King Tut – Steve Martin (1978)


I remember back when King Tut was a big deal back in the 1970′s. I saw the exhibition in Seattle. This is Steve Martins musical reaction to Tut-mania. I guess Tut is gonna be back in Seattle in 2012.

Lady Says No, The (1952)


The Lady Says No (1952) is a hoot. It’s a romantic comedy starring David Niven and Joan Caulfied. She’s a writer that writes a man hating book, he’s a photographer that wants to prove her all wrong. I thought it was pretty funny.

Life of Riley, The – Family Reunion(1953)


In this episode of the Life of Riley, Riley hasn’t seen his parents in 20 years and gets surprised on a TV show.

Life of Riley, The – Riley’s Anniversary (1953)


The Life of Riley was enormously popular on radio and this TV show has William Bendix playing Riley. Riley was a prototype for later blue-collar sitcom characters like Ralph Kramden and Fred Flintstone.

Life of Riley, The – Riley’s Vacation Plans(1953)


Riley plans a pretty interesting vacation for his family and ends up in his usual pickle.

Life of Riley, The – Rileys Separation Anxiety (1953)


Riley was a prototype for later blue-collar sitcom characters like Ralph Kramden and Fred Flintstone.

Little Shop of Horrors (1960)


The film is a farce about an inadequate young florist’s assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. A Roger Corman classic.

Lou Grant – Christmas (1977)


Two stories — one on a homeless family, and one on a politician — take unexpected turns. Season One, Episode 13 of the Lou Grant show, starring Ed Asner. This was a spinoff of the Mary Tyler Moore show.

Love Boat (1977)


The original 1976 made-for-TV movie on which the show was based, also titled The Love Boat, was itself based on the nonfiction book The Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director. Two more TV movies (titled The Love Boat II and The New Love Boat, respectively) would follow before the series began its run.

Lum n Abner – The Bashful Bachelor (1942)


It’s been 60 years, but Pine Ridge has never forgotten the comic pair that made the town famous enough to provoke an official town name change. The town is host to the Lum n Abner Museum. Adjacent to the Museum is a replica of the legendary “Jot ‘em Down Store,” the central setting of the radio programs. And Lum and Abner is one of the more popular swaps among old-time radio fans.

Malice in the Palace (1949)


Malice in the Palace is the 117th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

Man who walked alone, The (1945)


A veteran finds his way to to his home town and meets a society girl who is fleeing her boyfriend. This is a witty little comedy. I think you will find it to be quite enjoyable.

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)


Woody Allen and Diane Keaton star in this movie about a middle aged couple that suspects foul play when their neighbor’s wife dies under suspicious circumstances.

Mary Tyler Moore Show-Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid (1970)


Mary’s elaborate holiday plans are cancelled when she learns she must work on Christmas Day.

McLintock! (1963)


McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The film is famous (or infamous) for its two spanking scenes, in which mother and daughter are each paddled with coal shovels: the daughter by her suitor, the mother by her estranged husband.

Medicine Man, The (1930)


Heres really early Jack Benny as the Medicine Man. He has to help the son and daughter of a mean shopkeeper. He’s a medicine show “doctor”. Its funny. It’s Jack Benny. How could you go wrong?

Missing Corpse, The (1945)


Blackmailer McDonald is murdered by one of his victims. His body is dumped in the trunk of his enemy, newspaper editor Kruger and the plot begins.

Mr. and Mrs. North – House Behind The Wall (1953)


Mr. and Mrs. North are fictional American amateur detectives. Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, the couple were featured in a series of 26 Mr. and Mrs. North novels, a Broadway play, a motion picture and several radio and television series. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years.

Mr. and Mrs. North – Shrinking Violet (1953)


Mr. and Mrs. North are fictional American amateur detectives. Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, the couple were featured in a series of 26 Mr. and Mrs. North novels, a Broadway play, a motion picture and several radio and television series. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years.

Mr. Bill (1976)


Mr. Bill got its start when Walter Williams sent SNL a Super-8 reel featuring the character in response to the show’s request for home movies during the first season. Mr. Bill’s first appearance occurred on the February 28, 1976 episode. Williams became a full-time writer for the show in 1978, writing more than 20 skits based on Mr.Bill.

Mr. Ed (1961-62)


Mister Ed is a palomino horse who can talk and and his owner. Ed gets his owner the reputation of being a troublemaker with his antics.

My Favorite Brunette (1947)


My Favorite Brunette is a 1947 movie spoofing movie detectives and the film noir style. Starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, it also features Lon Chaney, Jr. playing Willie, a character based on his Of Mice and Men role Lennie; Peter Lorre as Kismit, a comic take on his many film noir roles; and cameo appearances by film noir regular Alan Ladd and Hope partner Bing Crosby.

My Favorite Martian (1963-66)


Tim O’Hara, a newspaper reporter, takes in a telepathic, extraterrestrial and passes him off as his uncle Martin. The series was produced by Jack Chertok Television in association with CBS.

My Mother the Car (1965)


Lawyer Dave Crabtree’s troubles begin with the purchase of a decrepit 1928 Porter that claims through the radio to be his mother. Starring Jerry Van Dyke.

No Limit (1935)


A chimney sweep from Wigan dreams of winning the TT Races in the Isle of Man. With money ‘borrowed’ from his grandfather, George Shuttleworth builds the ‘Shuttleworth Snap’ motorcycle after failing to join the Rainbow Motor-Cycle team.

Ozzie And Harriet – David and the Mermaid (1964)


Here’s an episode of Ozzie and Harriet from 1964. With June. I always liked Ozzie and Harriet better with June. Ozzie and the boys are on a mission to liven up the women’s club dance.

Pharmacist, The (1933)


W.C Fields is at it again. This time as a cranky druggist.

Pied Piper of Hamlin (1957)


The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a filmed 1957 ninety-minute musical color television special originally shown by NBC on November 26, 1957, as their Thanksgiving Day offering for that year. Based on the famous poem by Robert Browning and using the music of Edvard Grieg with special lyrics by Hal Stanley and Irving Taylor, it starred Van Johnson, Claude Rains (in his only singing and dancing role), Lori Nelson, Jim Backus, and Kay Starr.

Pot O’ Gold (1941)


James Stewart claimed this was the worst movie he ever made. I think it’s a fair musical with Jimmy Stewart carrying the story line along.

Red Skelton Show – John Carradine Guests (1955)


This is the Red Skelton show with John Carradine as a guest. Red does a pantomime and a skit where he becomes a famous impressionist artist.

Red Skelton Show – Mickey Rooney Guests (1956)


Here’s an episode of the Red Skelton show from 1956. It’s got Mickey Rooney as a guest star and Red Skelton plays his famous Freddie Freeloader.

Red Skelton Show – w/George Raft (1956)


Here’s an episode of the Red Skelton Show with Red in some funny schtick with guest star. Tough guy, George Rafts gives Red Skelton the third degree and slaps him around to make him sing.

Road to Bali (1952)


Road to Bali is a 1952 comedy film starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. It was released by Paramount Pictures and is the sixth of the seven Road to… movies. It was the only such movie filmed in color and was the first to feature surprise cameo appearances from other well-known stars of the day.

Shirley Temple Shorts


Shirley Temple passed on yesterday, Feb 10, 2014 at age 85. God Bless her. Here’s a couple of short films from almost 80 years ago that made her famous.

So this is Washington – Lum and Abner (1943)


Lum and Abner, an American radio comedy which aired as a network program from 1932 to 1954, became an American institution in its low-keyed, arch rural wit.

Spooks Run Wild (1941)


Spooks Run Wild is a 1941 film and the seventh film in the East Side Kids series, starring Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, and Bobby Jordan. Released in 1941, it was directed by Phil Rosen, in his first and only outing in the series.

St. Benny the Dip (1951)


Some gangsters dress up like the clergy to hide their career as bank robbers, but soon find themselves sympathetic to the moral people around them.

Star Performance – The Magic Hat (1952)


A little girl named Jody has her heart set on a new hat to go to a party… but it’s a magic hat. It’s round and flat and has feathers sticking out.

Star Trek – The 47 Conspiracy


Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)


LOL! This movie is a riot. Xi is a bushman in the Kalahari who encounters technology for the first time – in the shape of a Coke bottle. He takes it back to his tribe, and uses it for many tasks. The tribe start to fight over it, so he decides to return it to the Gods – where he thinks it came from.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)


Here we go. Here’s the real deal with Peter Sellers as Chief Inspector Jacques Clousseau. Steve Martin gave it a good try, but he’s not Peter Sellers. Every day and every way, I’m getting better and better. Really. Wa Ha Ha …

Three Stooges, The (1937-)


According to a published report, Moe, Larry, and director Jules White considered their best film to be You Nazty Spy!. This 18-minute short subject starring Moe as “Moe Hailstone”, an Adolf Hitler-like character satirized the Nazis in a period when America was still neutral and isolationist about WWII. You Nazty Spy! was the first Hollywood film to spoof Hitler, released in January, 1940, nine months before Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Reportedly this film caused the Stooges to be placed on Hitler’s so-called “death list” because of its anti-Nazi stance. Chaplin, along with Jack Benny, would also be on this list due to their later anti-Nazi films.

Thunder in the City (1939)


Tick, The (2001)


The Tick is a fictional character created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot. He is an absurdist spoof of comic book superheroes. After its creation, the character spun off into an independent comic book series in 1988, and gained mainstream popularity through an animated TV series on Fox Broadcasting in 1994. A short-lived live-action TV series, video game and various merchandise have also been based on the character.

Time of Your Life (1948)


Joe spends a lot of his time at Nick’s Pacific Street Saloon. Tom, who credits Joe with once saving his life, stops by regularly to run errands for Joe. Today, Tom notices a woman named Kitty when she comes into Nick’s, and he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, a distraught young man repeatedly calls his girlfriend, begging her to marry him. Nick himself muses on all the various persons who come into his bar, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time. You’ll love these wonderful characters!

Topper (1953)


Topper is a spinoff of the Topper movie from 1937. It’s the story of a guy who is haunted by an invisible couple and their dog who died in a landslide.

Traffic Warden (2004)


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