Classic Movies

Bounce me, brother, with a solid four


Seventy years ago today, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello’s first starring feature Buck Privates (1941) was released to motion picture theaters…and to commemorate this auspicious occasion, I prepared a little essay on the film—which I encourage you to read at your leisure at Edward Copeland on Film…and More.  When I was a tad, the TV stations that showed Bud & Lou’s films had an annoying habit of editing out their routines but keeping the musical numbers in order to squeeze in more commercials—but Privates is one of their rare vehicles where the music is every bit as good as the comedy.  (I’ve always been a lifelong Andrews Sisters fan, which no doubt helps a bit.)

Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box (1929)

And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I can tell you right now that my motivation to resurrect Mayberry Mondays starting today is pretty much nil—I stayed up past my usual bedtime last night to watch the breathtakingly gorgeous Louise Brooks (*sigh*) in the 1929 G.W. Pabst classic Pandora’s Box, followed by a pair of Pabst talkies—The 3 Penny Opera (1931) and A Modern Hero (1934).  So I’m probably going to have to have a disco nap this afternoon, at the time when I’m usually gazing intently at the misadventures of Sam Jones and his Mayberry cronies.  (My greatest fear is that I’ll end up abandoning this project like I did that Jungle Queen [1945] thing…but I hope it won’t come to that.)  I apologize profusely in advance…I’m just so weak.

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