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I just got finished watching It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and added Support Your Local Sheriff to my queue.

Any recommendations for some other old comedy's worth a rental?

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Dr Strangelove (can also cross over to horror in the right frame of mind)
Arthur (best drunk in history - Will you forget the Moose!!) the DVD is bad quality, but the performance is always great.
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Man's Favorite Sport (1964)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Graduate (1967)
Harvey (1952)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
The Quiet Man (1952)

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I think no list of old great comedy films would be complete without the classic :
Blues Brothers.

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There sure are some great films already named in this thread. I will contribute some of my favorites not yet mentioned.

Watermelon Man (1970)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Silent Movie (1976)
The Jerk (1979)
Airplane (1980)

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Thanks,

I've added a bunch of them to my queue.

I own the Pink Panther movies. The kids love putting one of them in on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I caught the Hallelujah Trail on cable a couple weeks ago. Talk about politically incorrect in today's world.

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I caught the Hallelujah Trail on cable a couple weeks ago. Talk about politically incorrect in today's world.

Well, if you liked that, try "Waterhole #3".

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Well, if you liked that, try "Waterhole #3".

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I'll check it out.

Another one I like is "A Big Hand for the Little Lady"

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Bedtime Story (1964) Niven and Brando
The Odd Couple (1968) Matthau and Lemmon
Little Big Man (1970) Hoffman and Dunaway


Not an old movie by any means, but one that went unnoticed and one I never see mentioned, The Survivors (1983) with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau had me LMAO. The language can get rather strong, so it isn’t something for little toddlers.
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A funny one from the cold war times.....

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Duck Soup (1933)

I find many older comedies to not be that funny by modern standards. This is a big exception IMO. The Marx Bros at their best.

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The End (1978)

Burt Reynolds, Dom Deluise, Sally Fields.

Not sure why, but I always loved this movie.

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Glad you like Mad Mad World. Personally, it's on my list of movies that would be vastly better if somebody hacked out at least a third, if not half the movie. The Simpsons did a spoof in the third act of Homer the Vigilante that seemed about the right length for the material.

Getting to your question, while the AFI lists are *far* from perfect, they are often a good starting points when looking movies in a particular genre. Here's their comedy list - you can click on the box to sort by year to isolate the older ones

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI&#39......_100_Laughs
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"The General" with Buster Keaton. The stunts and comedic situations are amazing. Saw it in college for a film studies class.

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Here are some older comedies that haven't been mentioned that I enjoy watching.

Arsenic and Old Lace 1944
Bring Up Baby 1938
A Fish Called Wanda 1988
The Gods Must Be Crazy 1980
The In-Laws 1979
Mister Roberts 1955
Roman Holiday 1953
Tootsie 1982
Victor/Victoria 1982
What's Up Doc? 1972
Young Frankenstein 1974
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For a Marx Brothers comedy (we've already had "Duck Soup" listed here), I recommend "Animal Crackers." The gag about the price for the musicians to perform (or not) is comic genius with laser-sharp wit and perfect timing.

I also am going to vent about a pet-peeve of mine that this thread's title illustrates: using apostrophes to indicate a noun as plural. ("Comedy's" vice "Comedies") That's all for my venting...

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I dunno- lots of people are more forgiving about their comedies than I am. A whole lotta stuff that had a rep at one time but certainly doesn't do a lot for me any more. I loved Mad World as a teen, but when you have a movie with that sort of powerhouse cast and Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett turn out to dish out the funniest bits, you know something is wrong.

But there are gems mentioned- if one likes Buster Keaton (and anyone should) Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill, Junior, and Our Hospitality are all laugh riots.

Harold Lloyd at his best is as funny- Safety Last, with Harold holding onto the clock on the building, is his most famous, but Speedy, Why Worry? and The Kid Brother are better.

Chaplin can be gooey, but he's a great genius nonetheless: The Gold Rush, The Circus, Modern Times, Monsieur Verdoux and most of all, City Lights

Screwball comedies of the thirties and forties continue to be funny. I believe there is a box of MGM screwball comedies, which mostly suck. RKO and Columbia made the best. You won't go wrong with:

the Paramount Marx Brothers movies (again, avoid the MGM/Warner box): The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers, Monkey Business, Duck Soup
It Happened One Night
20th Century
Nothing Sacred
Red Headed Woman
Lady for a Day
Holiday
Sylvia Scarlett
the previous two, w/Grant and Hepburn, are a bit less screwball
The Philadelphia Story
The Devil and Miss Jones
and no, it's not porn
The More the Merrier
My Favorite Wife
Larceny, Inc
The Major and the Minor
Champagne for Caesar
Murder, He Said

Some say Arsenic and Old Lace. Not me. Cary needs some Thorazine
Howard Hawks' Monkey Business
I guess you could call it screwball: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

And there are a few that stand head and shoulders above the other screwballs:

Bringing Up Baby
My Man Godfrey
Ruggles of Red Gap
The Awful Truth
To Be or Not to Be
The Lady Eve
The Palm Beach Story
if you like the last two, there is a box of Preston Sturges films
Sullivan's Travels though it leaves me sort of cold

Astaire/Rogers musicals are usually quite funny. Try The Gay Divorcee and see what you think.

British Comedies- if you can get into British humor, these are remarkable:

The Lavender Hill Mob
The Man in the White Suit
Whiskey Galore
Kind Hearts and Coronets
A Run for Your Money
All at Sea
The Ladykillers
I Know Where I'm Going!
Blithe Spirit
The Mouse that Roared
The Wrong Box
The Bed Sitting Room

CW Hinkle
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My Favorite Year..Peter O'toole
Take the money and run...Woody Allen
Stripes..Bill Murray
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A funny one from the cold war times.....

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Lots of good memories in this thread!

Now, how "Old" is old?

A few flicks not mentioned:


"La Cage aux Folles": subtitled... not dubbed.


"King of Hearts": another French film



"A Boy and his Dog": not French.


"Cold Comfort Farm": not "real old" but underappreciated.


This: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116791/



And of course, ( good Luck finding this) "Howard the Duck"


and as an afterthought "No Time for Sergeants"

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"The Thin Man" and many other William Powell/Myrna Loy vehicles.

"It Happened One Night" - Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

The East Side Kids, Bowery Boys

...and most 80's John Hughes films...
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One "old" comedy not mentioned, that is a favorite of mine is "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Michael Caine, Steve Martin, and Glenne Headly. Highly recommended if you have never seen it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095031/


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Porky's 1982
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One "old" comedy not mentioned, that is a favorite of mine is "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Michael Caine, Steve Martin, and Glenne Headly. Highly recommended if you have never seen it.

In a way it was. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a remake of...

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This could be a thread that is endless...

Yeah.

Any movie from the 80s is not old.

I was thinking more along the lines of the 50's, 60's and early 70's.

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If a main objective is entertainment of the kids, then prominent mention should be made of the several series starring Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis, W.C. Fields, My Gang, and, of course, the sure kids' favorite, The Three Stooges. Compilations can be picked up cheap, they are all guaranteed children pleasers, and if you don't catch yourself laughing, then you are dead.

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My Gang

I'm assuming you mean "Our Gang", right?

Actually, the "Our Gang" comedies kind of suck. They were too old by then and none of them could act their way out of a paper bag. And every other episode was about them putting on a musical singing patriotic war songs. It's the earlier "Little Rascals" that are the real classics.
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I'm assuming you mean "Our Gang", right?

Actually, the "Our Gang" comedies kind of suck. They were too old by then and none of them could act their way out of a paper bag. And every other episode was about them putting on a musical singing patriotic war songs. It's the earlier "Little Rascals" that are the real classics.

Excellent correections all. So let it be written; so let it be done...Little Rascals it is.

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