By Bruce G. Hallenbeck
Enjoyable and fright have lengthy been companions within the cinema, relationship again to the silent movie period and progressing to the Scary Movie franchise and different fresh releases. This consultant takes a accomplished examine the comedy-horror motion picture style, from the earliest stabs at melding horror and hilarity through the nascent days of silent movie, to its full-fledged improvement with The Bat in 1926, to the Abbott and Costello motion pictures pitting the comedy duo opposed to Frankenstein’s Monster, the mother and different common Studio monsters, carrying on with to such fresh cult hits as Shaun of the Dead and Black Sheep. chosen brief movies comparable to Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie also are lined. images and promotional posters, interviews with actors and a filmography are integrated.
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One of the best examples of these comes when they’re exploring the castle, and Hope says to Best: “Listen, you stay there, and if a couple of fellas come runnin’ down the stairs in a few minutes, let the ﬁrst one go. ” This may be the old “Feets, don’t fail me now” kind of routine, but it works because of the timing and the sheer likeability of the actors, especially Best. ” For whatever reason—probably his delivery, which sounds as if it’s improvised—it turns into a very funny line. According to Hal Erickson in All Movie Guide, Hope once said that Best was one of the ﬁnest actors he knew.
Birmingham Brown was forever warning his employer, Chan, not to venture into danger; but again, as in King of the Zombies, he was usually right. By the ﬁfties, audiences became uncomfortable with racial stereotypes in ﬁlms, especially when the civil rights movement really got going in America beginning in the middle of the decade. Moreland, Stepin’ Fetchit, Willie Best and others had a hard time ﬁnding employment and found themselves ostracized by Hollywood. By the late sixties, Moreland made a minor comeback on television, even working with big-time celebrities such as Carl Reiner, Bill Cosby and Godfrey Cambridge.
They were ready for something light and frothy, yet mixed skillfully with dark and scary. It was a perfect recipe, arriving as it did between the tragedy of the Great Depression and the upcoming horrors of World War II. Left to right: The Ritz Brothers, Bela Lugosi, Anita Louise and Edward Norris in Allan Dwan’s unfunny, un-scary 1939 remake of The Gorilla. 2. ” While that may be true in general, it certainly was not the case in this poorly conceived version of the Ralph Spence play, designed, in this instance, as a vehicle for the Ritz Brothers (Jimmy, Harry and Al).
Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck