TWO REELER COMEDIES
All movie descriptions copyright 2001 by R.. Chumleigh
Included are the Internet Movie Database links for each film if you need more info. If youre a film buff and havent been to this site, check it out.
I dont always agree with their popular reviews but its a great resource.
Two Reelers are a lost art form (except in Canada and Europe, and we all know how little they contribute culturally to the world). Mostly comedies, they last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes or so and quite often were the movie version of old vaudeville bits. They are a perfect thing to show with a feature, especially ones that star the same artist(s). An evenings mini-festival of two reelers is a great way to experience classic vaudeville performance.
The Live Ghost--(1934)Laurel and Hardy get shanghied aboard a ghost ship.
The Music Box--(1932) Laurel and Hardy have to move a piano up a loooong flight of stairs to a hilltop house. The stairs and house can still be seen in Hollywood. Email me and Ill tell you where. IMDb link
Thicker Than Water--(1935) Laurel and Hardy are roomates, much to the chagrin of Hardys wife. IMDb link
The Pharmacist--(1933) WC Fields keeps his vaudeville routines alive for these two reelers that he later recycled for radio. IMDb link
The Dentist--(1932)--WC Fields drew the censors wrath in this one. Unbelieveable writhing in the chair. IMDb link
The Barber Shop--WC Fields hunts birds in his customers beard. IMDb link
Fatal Glass of Beer--(1933) WC Fields in the Canadian Arctic. and its not a fit night out for man nor beast... IMDb link
Hotel Anchovy--(1934) Ritz Bros are hired by Miss Whitney to keep guests in her bankrupt hotel for appearences sake. They tweak potential bidders and save the day.
No More West--(1934) Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz) struts his vaudeville stuff in this story of an east coaster who longs for the Wild West.
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