Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

I apologize for the very short notice on these two shorts—I saw them on the Turner Classic Movies schedule last night but by the time I noticed them I was too pooped to write anything up.

TCM’s got a pair of two-reelers from the Hal Roach Studios scheduled in-between their “Bride” features today—the first being the 1932 Charley Chase comedy Mr. Bride. I saw this on TCM on Demand last year in May; it’s not the funniest Chase short I’ve come across though my Farebook pal Yair Solan—the proprietor of the website The World of Charley Chase—rates it a humdinger. Ultimately, you must make the call. TCM will run Bride at approximately 2:09pm this afternoon, between The Bride Goes Wild (1948) and They All Kissed the Bride (1942).

At approximately 5:33pm—again, in between films (The Bride Came C.O.D. [1941] and June Bride [1948])—The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!) will show one of the Roach Studios’ Taxi Boys shorts, Bring 'Em Back a Wife (1933). The Taxi Boys was Roach’s attempt to create a comedy duo of second bananas Billy Gilbert and Ben Blue—Leonard Maltin doesn’t think much of the comedies in his essential compendium The Great Movie Shorts but since I’ve never seen any of them I’m certainly going to warm up the DVD recorder for this little gem. (My esteemed blogging colleague Aaron Neathery has more on the history of this “team” at The Third Banana.) I’ll let you know tomorrow how it was.

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