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Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 11:40 am

Which comedy group, trio, pair are your LEAST favorites?

My vote would have to go to the Ritz Brothers..... They make my teeth hurt. Just saw them in the otherwise terrific On the Avenue with solid work from Dick Powell, Alice Faye, Madeleine Carroll. And then it happened!
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 12:21 pm

Tom Kennedy and El Brendel. No chemistry there!

As for ON THE AVENUE, I'm sorry but I think the opening number (with the Ritz's) is one of the best curtain-raisers ever. I bought a print without ever having seen the film and when that number was over I said to myself "how are they going to top THAT?"
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 12:24 pm

Kennedy and Collins on the other hand... whoo-wee!
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 1:07 pm

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 1:10 pm

The Ritz Brothers are incredibly dependent on their material. I'm not fond of them, but there are flashes of brilliance here and there- such Kentucky Moonshine where (for no particular reason) they parody Disney's Snow White:

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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 1:52 pm

Haven't seen anything the Bros. Ritz have done that I've enjoyed. Maybe I just haven't seen the right film. At Cinecon last year they ran a two-reel remake of Way Out West starring Maxie Rosenbloom and Max Baer. Not a lot of chemistry there, although the film was fascinating.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 2:08 pm

Frank Mitchell & Jack Durant. I've seen them only once, in 365 Nights in Hollywood. Once was more than enough.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 2:33 pm

It's an easy choice: Ham and Bud. It's only made worse by how brilliant Lloyd Hamilton was in the 1920s.

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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 2:33 pm

Wm. Charles Morrow wrote:Frank Mitchell & Jack Durant. I've seen them only once, in 365 Nights in Hollywood. Once was more than enough.



Their routine as the back-flipping senators in STAND UP AND CHEER is funny because of the off the wall combination of acrobatics and nonsequiturs. Other than that I don't find them funny, though I'll admit they try hard and are skillful- too bad it's all wasted.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 2:45 pm

That still from KENTUCKY MOONSHINE is a scream. I'd love to see the film sometime. The Ritz's are definitely hit or miss.

I'll cast my vote for The Bowery Boys. I looked forward to seeing them again when TCM started airing them. All I can say is nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 3:36 pm

Burns and Allen never did anything for me.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 4:03 pm

Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

Thankfully they only made one film together,

THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS (1966)

Apparently, one was enough.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 4:19 pm

I've never found anything remotely amusing about Wheeler & Woolsey or the Ritz Brothers.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 4:24 pm

Are Scott Baio and Willie Aames too recent?
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 4:44 pm

Keaton and Durante didn't compliment each other well.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 5:31 pm

I thought Jack Durant was terrific in Music Is Magic, but I don't remember the partner at all.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 5:40 pm

drednm wrote:I thought Jack Durant was terrific in Music Is Magic, but I don't remember the partner at all.



That one was pretty good- both Mitchell and Durant were in it but they had better material than usual- or at least more frenetic.

Here's a team I think no one has mentioned- Wally Brown and Alan Carney. Individually they were competent performers but a pretty lousy team.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 5:45 pm

Here are Mitchell and Durant as the Back-Flipping Senators.

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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 7:10 pm

I never liked Abbott and Costello... even as a kid but I haven't seen them in decades.

What I hate about the Ritz Bros is that they all do the same schtick, there's nothing individual about them. It's like bad burlesque times three. One act, one schtick done by three bum comics.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 7:58 pm

Keaton and Durante or
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 8:30 pm

Crosby and Hope
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 8:33 pm

Thanks, Frank Fay, for posting that clip of the Back-Flipping Senators. I can now amend my earlier comment to read:

"My least favorite comedy team is Mitchell & Durant in 365 Nights in Hollywood. But they were better, elsewhere."
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 9:45 pm

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis. I can't take it.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostThu Sep 08, 2011 10:22 pm

CliffordWeimer wrote:I've never found anything remotely amusing about Wheeler & Woolsey or the Ritz Brothers.



I haven't seen enough of the Ritz Bros. to say much, but I can't stand WHEELER And WOOLSEY.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostFri Sep 09, 2011 4:59 am

I seem to remember a team called Muck and Mire but they may have been local TV in Boston?
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostFri Sep 09, 2011 5:12 am

Jans & Whelan in the 1932 MGM short WILD PEOPLE. They're only very slightly better in their earlier Vitaphone short...but not much.

Agree about Ritz Brothers, but only when they're trying too hard, such as in their Educational short. Otherwise I do like them, especially in their music & dance routines.

Someone mentioned Brown & Carney - agree but at least they're not annoying, just lacking in chemistry. Good separately.

Agree also about Keaton & Durante - two of my favorites separately, but NOT together.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostFri Sep 09, 2011 6:28 am

Scoundrel wrote:Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

Thankfully they only made one film together,

THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS (1966)

Apparently, one was enough.


They were pretty good on the Ed Sullivan Show. Rossi was nothing but a chuckling straight-man, but Allen had some good lines.

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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostFri Sep 09, 2011 6:47 am

Rowan and Martin were ok within the context of Laugh-In but nowhere else.
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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostFri Sep 09, 2011 7:07 am

drednm wrote:I seem to remember a team called Muck and Mire but they may have been local TV in Boston?



You might be thinking of Mack and Myer for Hire

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_%26_Myer_for_Hire

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Re: Least Favorite Comedy Team?

PostFri Sep 09, 2011 7:19 am

Yup that's them....
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