Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mitchell & Durant - Worst Comedy Team Ever?

Here, submitted for your approval or disapproval, the acrobatic knockabout comedy duo of Frank Mitchell & Jack Durant, playing Senators Danforth and Short in the 1934 Great Depression classic Stand Up And Cheer, a.k.a. The Fox Follies.

Mitchell & Durant's genteel comedy commences after the principal star of the 1934 Fox "revue film", Warner Baxter, leaves the room at 0:23.

Wondering how the hell he ended up in this train wreck after starring in 42nd Street, Baxter might as well say "if you'll excuse me, I have some very important auditions and must leave so the two of you can beat the crap out of each other for no apparent reason."

More memorably, Stand Up And Cheer also includes the feature film debut of the Fox studio's megastar-to-be Shirley Temple.

It says something about your blogmeister - and he has no idea just what - that he finds Mitchell & Durant funny but doesn't laugh at the entire backlog of Adam Sandler's post-SNL work, all of it, not even once.

Whether these guys deserve the "worst comedy team" stigma any more than my personal choice, Tommy Noonan & Peter Marshall or Kalem's brutal WW1 era slapstick stars Ham & Bud is strictly a matter of personal taste . . . or utter lack of it. They make me laugh - and I don't know why, they just do!

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