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Film Discussion Lunch - Comedy, Part Deux (1930 – 1967)

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type. For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre.


Having already discussed the great silent clowns, we will move into the sound era and find out what was so funny about Hollywood’s golden age.  Here’s where we get into the great comedy teams, screwball comedies and comic turns from some of the eras greatest directors and performers.   



Suggested Viewing


Monkey Business – 1931 (The Marx Brothers) 

Trouble in Paradise – 1932 (Ernst Lubitsch)

Duck Soup – 1933 (The Marx Brothers)

She Done Him Wrong – 1933 (Mae West) 

Sons of the Desert – 1933 (Laurel and Hardy)

It’s a Gift – 1934 (W.C. Fields) 

It Happened One Night – 1934 (Frank Capra) 

The Three Stooges Collection: Volumes 1 & 2 – 1934 to 1939 

Ruggles of Red Gap – 1935 (Leo McCarey) 

Way Out West – 1937 (Laurel and Hardy)

Bringing Up Baby – 1938 (Howard Hawks)    

His Girl Friday – 1940 (Howard Hawks) 

The Bank Dick – 1940 (W.C. Fields) 

The Philadelphia Story – 1941 (George Cukor) 

Sullivan’s Travels – 1941 (Preston Sturges) 

To Be or Not to Be – 1942 (Ernst Lubitsch)

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek – 1944 (Preston Sturges) 

Arsenic and Old Lace – 1944 (Frank Capra) 

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection – 1945 to 1955

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein – 1948 (Charles Barton) 

Kind Hearts and Cornets – 1949 (Robert Hamer) 

Artists and Models – 1955 (Frank Tashlin)

Some Like it Hot – 1959 (Billy Wilder)

One, Two, Three – 1961 (Billy Wilder) 

The Ladies’ Man – 1961 (Jerry Lewis) 

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – 1963 (Stanley Kramer) 

A Shot in the Dark – 1964 (Blake Edwards) 

Dr. Strangelove… - 1964 (Stanley Kubrick) 

A Hard Day’s Night – 1964 (Richard Lester) 

Playtime – 1967 (Jacques Tati) 

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  • Al

    Great talk about comedies, ranging from the historical to the surreal. Here were the attendees' favorites:

    Brad: "Monkey Business"
    Marty: W.C. Fields' films, "The Thin Man", "The Big Clock"
    Bryan: The Spencer Tracy/Kathernie Hepburn films
    Tina: "Bringing Up Baby"
    Seth: "Modern Times", "The Great Dictator"
    Al: "Trouble in Paradise"
    Annette: "His Girl Friday", "The Lady Eve"
    Jimmy: "Duck Soup", "It's a Gift"

    March 25, 2013

  • Bryan M.

    Good conversation! These folks know their stuff!

    March 24, 2013

  • Brad

    We already discussed Chaplin at an earlier lunch about silent comedy.

    March 2, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      cross-topic but OK...Times & Dictator are so much more advanced anyway it's like having an early Brit Invasion rock music discussion without mentioning the same bands in a Brit Psych Rock discussion...

      March 23, 2013

  • Harold K.

    The group interests me but how do you see the films?

    March 9, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      Sometimes we have screenings before Meetups, but when it comes to discussion groups we look for whatever we can find in theatres, rental sources, online posts, remembrances of movies past, etc....whatever and however we can find it, even it's just something we recall seeing somewhere decades ago!!!

      March 23, 2013

  • Al

    It's interesting how the silent era had these iconic comic figures in Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, and this era ends with two such characters emerging with Clouseau and M. Hulot. Who were the iconic clowns in between? Jerry Lewis? Hope & Crosby (any love for the "Road to..." movies?)

    March 22, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      Hope & Crosby are as influential as anybody in this era. Aesthetically their stuff is hard to watch nowadays, but it's postmodern as well as anachronistic. I've heard that the Paleface movies he did with Tashlin are a gas.

      March 23, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      he meaning Hope

      March 23, 2013

  • Al

    Along with "Kind Hearts and Coronets", the other comedies at Ealing studios with Alec Guiness ("The Lavender Hill Mob", "The Man in the White Suit", "The Ladykillers") are pretty sweet as well. If you like "A Fish Called Wanda", you'll find these films were the creative wellspring from which it came.

    March 22, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      I'm All Right Jack (1959--Boulting Bros., Peter Sellers) was a BAFTA Best Actor winner for Sellers and the most popular movie in the UK that year...not Ealing, but a brilliant comedy I forgot about until now. It used to have arthouse cred (I saw it on PBS as a kid), but it now seems to be out of circulation here--maybe because it's a satire of union-management relations, a topic Hollywood rarely tackles humorously for a lot of reasons. Folks of all political persuasions can enjoy the scat jokes in Ian Carmichael's candy factory tour, however.

      March 23, 2013

  • Jimmy O.

    Note that the names are not necessarily listed directors, but general humorous auteurs inc. writers & performers etc....all pre-Code Laurel and Hardy shorts (late 1920's, early 1930's); Man on the Flying Trapeze (Fields, 1935); Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936); The Women (Loos/Cukor, 1939); The Great Dictator (Chaplin, 1940); Hellzapoppin' (Olsen & Johnson, 1941); Pete Smith and Robert Benchley shorts (1930's-40's); It Should Happen to You (Cukor, 1954) and all other Judy Holliday comedies; Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Tashlin/Randall, 1957); Pillow Talk (Stanley Shapiro/Hudson/Day/Randall, 1959); The Bell Boy (Lewis, 1960); Lover Come Back (Shapiro/Hudson/Day/Randall, 1961); Lolita (Kubrick, 1962); The Loved One (Richardson/Southern, 1965)...

    March 15, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      & props to screenwriter Bill Richmond, both for his work with solo Jerry Lewis and for being able to work with Jerry on most of his best projects from The Ladies' Man on without ever having a falling out with the King of Eggshells. Richmond also worked on a cornucopia of the 1970's TV comedies of my childhood, from AitF to Kotter to 3'sCo to Burnett--as well as the very underrated Crackin' Up/Smorgasbord, Jerry's last feature film comedy bid (legit funny as opposed to the train wreck funny of Hardly Working)...he apparently took over for Mel Brooks after the latter got fed up with Jerrydrama and quickly bailed out on their co-scripting of The Ladies' Man btw...

      March 23, 2013

  • Heather

    This sounds amazing, I'll be there!

    March 15, 2013

  • Ritesh

    Where's Chaplin?

    March 2, 2013

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