Vitaphone Comedy Collection Volume 2
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There's early 20th Century comic gold in these Shemp hills, and first rate quality prints to boot. If your
interest in movie history is deep, these shorts belong in your collection. Great, rare stuff indeed.
Although, the set gets off to what is in my opinion a very bumpy start with the less than spectacular "Gobs of Fun" short. Shemp barely registers in this picture & apparently, dialect comedians were all the rage back in the 1930s and 40s, but the 2 lead "comedians" from Gobs rarely registered a smile from me--much less a chuckle or guffaw.
Things get much better on Disc 1 by the time we get to "Smoked Hams", "So You Won't T-T-T-Talk" and especially the hilarious "A Peach of a Pair." Three Stooges fans will no doubt recognize the material from "Peach" seeing as how it inspired the stooge classic "An Ache in Every Stake" and inspired the alum punch scene from "No Census, No Feeling."
And I have to wonder, was Roscoe Ates the inspiration for Porky Pig? Maybe not, but that was certainly the first thing that popped into my head when I got a taste of his comedy.
Disc 2 is mostly comprised of the Shemp "Joe Palooka" shorts & if I had to be totally honest, as big as a Shemp fan as I am, I was a little underwhelmed by the Palooka series. And that's not to say there are not any good ones, but compared to the Shemp/Daphne Pollard/Roscoe Ates comedies, Palooka falls a bit short of the mark.
Maybe it's because I'm not exactly a fan of the sport of boxing, I don't know. In any event, that's the only thing preventing me from giving this a 5 star rating.
But overall, if you are a fan of the great comedian, Shemp Howard then the 2nd volume of Vitaphone comedies should please you--especially Disc 1.
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Its SHEMP!! OK I'm a fan, so if there was disappointment to be had, my tolerance level would be less forgiving. Instead there was much happiness throughout the land! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Acoma482