March 15th, 2008

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"Run" to TCM for some slapstick



Recently, we were discussing how an excerpt from the Carole Lombard short she made for Mack Sennett, "Run, Girl, Run," was part of the compilation "The Golden Age Of Comedy" that became one of the surprise box-office hits of 1958 (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/#84862). Well, as it turns out, if you live in the U.S. and have Turner Classic Movies on your cable system, you can see that film tonight (if you're in the Pacific Time Zone) or early Sunday (if you're anywhere east).

American TCM will show "The Golden Age Of Comedy" at 11:45 p.m. Saturday (Pacific), 2:45 a.m. Sunday (Eastern). The narration and music can be a bit much by modern standards, but this film wasn't designed for cinema experts, but for casual fans. And it did a lot to revive interest in many great silent clowns.

It's part of a night of slapstick on TCM...if you need some laughs, these films should do the trick. The schedule (all times Eastern):

8 p.m. -- "The Music Box" (1932). Laurel and Hardy's Oscar-winning short.

8:35 p.m. -- "Sons Of The Desert" (1934). Stan and Ollie again, this time in an uproarious feature.

9:45 p.m. -- "Movie Crazy" (1932). Harold Lloyd, with sound and his usual imagination.

11:30 p.m. -- "The Court Jester" (1956). Perhaps Danny Kaye's greatest comedic vehicle.

1:15 a.m. -- "A Night In Casablanca" (1946). The postwar Marx Brothers were still funny.

2:45 a.m. -- "The Golden Age Of Comedy."

4:15 a.m. -- "The General" (1927). Experience Buster Keaton's comedic genius.

Speaking of Keaton, you can find a complete version of "Run, Girl, Run" as one of the extras on the DVD of his 1927 film "College."

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