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Merry Carey seems to know a lot about all kinds, but very sharp when it comes to classic comedy teams. So, who are your favorite teams?

I like Laurel and Hardy the best, followed by A&C and the Marx Brothers. The Three Stooges are by far my least favorite, and for me a little bit of them goes a long way.
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I like Laurel and Hardy the best, followed by A&C and the Marx Brothers. The Three Stooges are by far my least favorite, and for me a little bit of them goes a long way.
I like all of those, and also agree that, for me, I like the Three Stooges in small doses. In fact, most of Columbia's comedy shorts come off as a bit loud and brassy to me, although I will sometimes sit still for one or two at a time.

I also like some more obscure comedy teams that most folks haven't seen, including Wheeler & Woolsey, who were known for being pretty risque in pre-Code comedies. Their films ran the gamut from adaptations of Broadway musicals (like "The Cuckoos") to mainstream comedies (like "Caught Plastered" or "Kentucky Kernels") to totally, outrageously nuts (like "Diplomaniacs" or "Cracked Nuts"). They've been hard to find for a while, but some of their films are now available on Warner Archive DVDs.

And don't forget some of the radio comedy teams that made movies: Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy---even Fibber McGee and Molly made a few movies.
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I'm a westerns guy. Growing-up we went to the drive-in most weekends to see the latest western (guess I'm showing my age). I am a huge John Wayne fan. Our son Ethan is named after the character Wayne played in my favorite move of all time; 'The Searchers'. 'Gunsmoke' is by far my favorite TV series of all time.

I currently have satellite radio and enjoy the old time radio shows. The radio version of 'Gunsmoke' is great. I also enjoy the Jack Benny Show, Lum and Abner, Fibber McGee & Molly, Bob Hope Show, The Six Shooter, Bing Crosby Show, etc.

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I'm a westerns guy. Growing-up we went to the drive-in most weekends to see the latest western (guess I'm showing my age). I am a huge John Wayne fan. Our son Ethan is named after the character Wayne played in my favorite move of all time; 'The Searchers'. 'Gunsmoke' is by far my favorite TV series of all time.
Mr. surprised me by showing me a 1940s Western movie (I think it was "Singing on the Trail") with a good-looking singing cowboy played by ... Ken Curtis! I couldn't believe that that clean-cut young cowboy was the same actor as frowzy ol' Festis!
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I'm a westerns guy. Growing-up we went to the drive-in most weekends to see the latest western (guess I'm showing my age). I am a huge John Wayne fan. Our son Ethan is named after the character Wayne played in my favorite move of all time; 'The Searchers'. 'Gunsmoke' is by far my favorite TV series of all time.

I currently have satellite radio and enjoy the old time radio shows. The radio version of 'Gunsmoke' is great. I also enjoy the Jack Benny Show, Lum and Abner, Fibber McGee & Molly, Bob Hope Show, The Six Shooter, Bing Crosby Show, etc.

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I'm a huge western fan, too! My favorite movie of all time is "El Dorado" with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. I can pretty much quote it line for line. I recently purchased the Blu-ray of "Hondo" and it looks amazing. That's one of my favorites, too.

Is The Six Shooter the OTR show that had James Stewart?
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I like all of those, and also agree that, for me, I like the Three Stooges in small doses. In fact, most of Columbia's comedy shorts come off as a bit loud and brassy to me, although I will sometimes sit still for one or two at a time.

I also like some more obscure comedy teams that most folks haven't seen, including Wheeler & Woolsey, who were known for being pretty risque in pre-Code comedies. Their films ran the gamut from adaptations of Broadway musicals (like "The Cuckoos") to mainstream comedies (like "Caught Plastered" or "Kentucky Kernels") to totally, outrageously nuts (like "Diplomaniacs" or "Cracked Nuts"). They've been hard to find for a while, but some of their films are now available on Warner Archive DVDs.

And don't forget some of the radio comedy teams that made movies: Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy---even Fibber McGee and Molly made a few movies.
TCM ran a Wheeler and Woolsey film a while back that I saw, and there were some very funny lines in it I remember. Now that you mention the pre-code stuff, it seems like I do remember an innuendo that I was a bit surprised by. I can't remember the name of it.

Speaking of OTR comedians, not part of a team, but I did buy Fred Allen's movie "Its in the Bag" on Blu-ray last week, but have not had a chance to watch it. Have you seen it? Is it any good?
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Mr. surprised me by showing me a 1940s Western movie (I think it was "Singing on the Trail") with a good-looking singing cowboy played by ... Ken Curtis! I couldn't believe that that clean-cut young cowboy was the same actor as frowzy ol' Festis!
If I'm not mistaken, he sings in "The Searchers," too. He's pretty good!
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TCM ran a Wheeler and Woolsey film a while back that I saw, and there were some very funny lines in it I remember. Now that you mention the pre-code stuff, it seems like I do remember an innuendo that I was a bit surprised by. I can't remember the name of it.
Could have been almost any of them! Their stuff was pretty tame by today's standards, but was pretty shocking then. Along the lines of "Animal Crackers," when Groucho says, "We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed ... but we're going back in a couple weeks ..."

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Speaking of OTR comedians, not part of a team, but I did buy Fred Allen's movie "Its in the Bag" on Blu-ray last week, but have not had a chance to watch it. Have you seen it? Is it any good?
I don't remember seeing it ... let me know what you think. I do like Fred Allen. I haven't seen much of his film work beyond a couple of his one-reel Vitaphone shorts. It's good to know that some of the more "obscure" films are getting an airing on Blu-ray. We don't have a Blu-ray player yet, 'cause we still have an non-HD analog TV. I've heard there's a mouthwatering Blu-ray of Buster Keaton's "The General."
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Could have been almost any of them! Their stuff was pretty tame by today's standards, but was pretty shocking then. Along the lines of "Animal Crackers," when Groucho says, "We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed ... but we're going back in a couple weeks ..."



I don't remember seeing it ... let me know what you think. I do like Fred Allen. I haven't seen much of his film work beyond a couple of his one-reel Vitaphone shorts. It's good to know that some of the more "obscure" films are getting an airing on Blu-ray. We don't have a Blu-ray player yet, 'cause we still have an non-HD analog TV. I've heard there's a mouthwatering Blu-ray of Buster Keaton's "The General."
That line from Animal Crackers just made me laugh. Groucho could be risque, from what I understand (I've read some of his personal letters...I've heard he could cuss like a sailor, too).

From what I understand, this is Fred Allen's only starring role in a feature film. I'll let you know what I think.
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I know they aren’t categorized as a comedy team, but one of my favorite teams is William Powell and Myrna Loy. Powell and I share a birthday.
The two worked great together and I have all of their stuff on DVD save for one film.
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