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Question: Whats your favorite old Comedian?
Little Rascals
Luarel and Hardy
The Marx Brothers
Bob Hope/Bing Crosby
Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis
Charley Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Harold Loyd
W.C. Fields
The three Stooges
Carey Grant
Other
Abbot and Costello

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« on: January 02, 2008, 02:38:12 PM »

Being a child of the 80s many classical comedians sush as, Luarel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin were a bit before my time. But I have seen some of thier work and I thought it was pretty funny, but I was a kid and a lot of things were funny to me then that are not now.
So when I saw the professor show an old marx brothers film for film class I was a little skeptical. 5 minutes into it I was laughing my ass off. I don't know what comedians are lacking these days but most of them are not a half a funny as these guys. So whats your favorite old comedian?
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008, 03:05:04 PM »

Some biggies missing from this list including Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges. I voted for Other for Abbott and Costello in addition to the Marx Brothers. Also when I think of Bob Hope, I often think of Bing Crosby as well.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008, 03:37:52 PM »

I went with the Marx Brothers, though Abbot & Costello would be sort of like 1A to the Marx Brothers' 1.

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2008, 03:57:23 PM »

Some biggies missing from this list including Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges. I voted for Other for Abbott and Costello in addition to the Marx Brothers. Also when I think of Bob Hope, I often think of Bing Crosby as well.
My apologies I really should have remembered Abbot and Costello and the three stooges. Those guys were hilarious.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008, 04:27:02 PM »

the 3 Stooges are above and beyond my very favorite comedians of ALL time. But I like all you'e listed...Harold  Llyod always being way up their. The man was amazing! He did all his own stunts...and was missing a few fingers from one of his hands,as a result of a mishap during the filming of one of his early silent stunts gone wrong!

 
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2008, 04:44:24 PM »

I can't decide. All of them have produced movies that were laugh-out-loud funny and movies that didn't really work for me.

As a kid, it was definitely the Little Rascals and the Three Stooges, in no particular order. They still make me laugh.

As an adult, I'd have to go with the Marx Brothers for sheer insanity, cleverness and subversiveness. For something with a bit more style, I'd go with Hope and Crosby.

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2008, 06:53:11 PM »

I would have added W.C Fields ("A woman drove me to drink, and I never even got the chance to thank her") and Mae West to the list.  Voted for the Marx Bros. and "other" (for Fields).
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 09:00:03 PM »

I picked The Little Rascals.  Chaplin's funny, but not a 'favorite.'

However I still watch The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello when I get a chance.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008, 10:46:19 PM »

I'd like to nominate Red Skelton for addition to the list.

I'm fond of Abbott and Costello (probably my favorites), Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (or Hope alone), The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges and The Little Rascals (Our Gang).
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 10:48:30 PM »

For me, the best hands down has to be the Marx Brothers, but since I had to pick two, I chose also Bob Hope.

What about 3 stooges?  How could you forgot those guys?
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2008, 10:50:31 PM »

NOTHING tops The Marx Brothers, but Abbott and Costello (not on list) come close. However I'll always have a soft spot for "Our Gang" aka The Little Rascals and The Three Stooges.

I'm not going to nit-pick the list as there are dozens not on the list some fairly obscure, some not, but all really funny. Like, Charlie Chase, Jimmie Adams, Billy Bevan, Keystone Cops, W.C. Fields, Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball (when she was a blond), Cary Grant, Harold Peavy, Lige Conley (the original "Fast and Furious" in 1924 that was a comedy), Clyde Cook, Sidney Drew, Fred Karno, Danny Kaye, Lupino Lane, Red Skelton, Larry Semon, Billy West, The 3 Fatties, The Smith Family (which was many people none of named Smith) and if you can fine the Hal Roach One Reelers there are some gems there with many little or names lost to time comics that are really funny.
I would include Bob Hope only with Bing Crosby because Hope was never as funny alone as he was with Crosby in the Road movies. I only mentioned one women but there are many of those too that are comic geniuses, that got little or no credit... Margaret Dumont anyone?

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2008, 10:54:49 PM »

Danny Kaye was a fave when I was a kid, but he seems a little dated now.  Kind of like he was the Jim Carrey of his day.  And I used to laugh at the Keystone Cops.  Once they all piled ontop of a police car or a fire engine and every time they went around corners, some of them fell off   BounceGiggle   I'm a sucker for slapstick and anyone who gets hurt.
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2008, 11:35:59 PM »

I am surprised to see Abbott Costello and the Three Stooges missing from this poll.

I always thought that The Marx Brothers were ahead of their time and that Laurel and Hardy were hilarious. 
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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2008, 11:45:25 PM »

I went with the Marx Brothers and Bob Hope, though I'll also add that he did much of his best work when teamed with Bing Crosby. I almost went with Martin & Lewis for their early stuff, as I feel that Lewis has become so popular to ridicule as unfunny that people overlook how insanely different and hilarious he was on the Martin & Lewis show and in the earlier (B&W) movies. I ended up going with Hope because he has a larger body of work that I find myself going back to over Martin & Lewis. Harold Lloyd was amazing, but I watch him more for the stunts than the laughs. I would have gone for Abbott & Costello over Martin & Lewis and maybe over Hope (the Road to movies are some of my favorites of all times...what can I say?). The Three Stooges are great, but not quite as sophisticated as the others on the list. Not that there's anything wrong with that; I just generally prefer quick wit over slapstick.
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2008, 01:08:17 AM »

Glad to see Harold Lloyd get so many props here --
I had seen "The Freshman" & "Safety Last", but had always heard that his sound picture "The Crimes of Harold Diddlebock" wasn't any good -- well, I finally did see it and it's actually quite good indeed.  A Preston Sturges film!!  I was pleasantly shocked --
On old comedians, I definitely have a huge respect for Buster Keaton.  If you see things like "Steamboat Bill Jr." and "The Cameraman", you can be amazed at the sheer ubridled visual inventiveness of the man -- Like Chaplin, he wrote and directed his own films, as well as acted in them, and he was doing technical jokes that wouldn't become popular for decades later.  Way ahead of his time --
While I do love many of the others mentioned here, I will mention one I don't see:  Harry Langdon.  Langdon was dismissed as a Chaplin imitator & then later as a Stan Laurel imitator, but if you watch his work, you can see he was a real individual, carrying the character of the innocent naif to an extreme.  His films are often included in silent film compilations, and they're worth seeking out.
Yeah, I'd shout out Marie Dressler too!
For that matter, Mary Pickford could be a funny woman too --
Keaton did a lot of his earlier work as a foil for the biggest comic star in the world at the time:  Roscoe Arbuckle.  It is almost impossible to find Arbuckle's work in compilations these days, let alone on its own, due to his besmirchment over the death of Virginia Rappe.  I saw a huge Keaton retrospective in London awhile back and many of his shorts with Arbuckle were included -- the only time I've ever seen Arbuckle on the big screen.  Whether guilty or innocent, Arbuckle had real talent, sort of a Jackie Gleason-like figure.  But his work will always be relegated to obscurity because of the whispers of "murder", even though he was acquitted twice --
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