Film on Friday

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM, is one of the biggest film studios to have ever been.  Established in 1924, they have been behind some of the most famous movies ever produced, including all-time favorites such as Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz.  Back in the days when film studios ruled the lives of their actors, MGM controlled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Clark Gable to Spencer Tracy to Judy Garland and many in between. They made dramas, war films, biblical epics, and of course comedies. Their comedies were among some of the funniest out there, thanks to the great skills of their actors.  And, in 1964, they created The Big Parade of Comedy using snippets and sketches from some of their most popular comedies that reached as far back as the days of the silent film and up to 1948. 

The Big Parade of Comedy included performances by Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, the Marx Brothers, Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, W.C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton – should we go on?  Okay!  Joan Crawford, Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante, Buster Keaton, the Three Stooges, Marion Davies, Carole Lombard, Zasu Pitts – and many, many more.  Granted, all the film did was splice together high moments of dozens of films and archival footage but, if you aren’t looking for an actual story and just want good laughs from the golden age of cinema, you’ve found the right movie for you!