Dreizehn Stühle (1938)

Dreizehn Stühle is a black&white Austrian comedy based on the Soviet novel The Twelve Chairs. It stars two of the era’s biggest box-office magnets in German-speaking countries: Heinz Rühmann and Hans Moser. +++ +++ [click title to read review] ************************************************** I contributed this review to the “Made in 1938” blogathon: 1)https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/the-made-in-1938-blogathon-is-here/ 2)https://popculturereverie.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/the-made-in-1938-blogathon-is-finally-here/ 3)https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/announcing-the-made-in-1938-blogathon/ 4)https://popculturereverie.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/announcing-the-made-in-1938-blogathon/

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St. Benny the Dip (1951)

A feel-good melodrama with comedic elements, made by famed director Edgar G. Ulmer. A nice-enough film, but not necessarily your first pick if you are looking for a comedy. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Madigan’s Million (1968)

Dustin Hoffman plays a hapless US Treasury agent in what is – technically at least – his first leading role in a feature film. The filmmakers were obviously trying to create a “more hip” variation of the story of 1963’s Charade, while mixing in the oddball charm of an Inspector Clouseau story. Instead, they produced an unfinished, weirdly cut beacon of mediocrity that was immediately shelved and only saw the light of day two years later when the studios spotted the chance to cash in on Hoffman’s popularity following The Graduate. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Hallo Dienstmann (1952)

Hallo Dienstmann is an Austrian comedy starring two of the country’s leading actors of the time. This black & white comedy stars Hans Moser and Paul Hörbiger, and its comedy-of-errors plot is based on confused, mistaken, and embellished identities following a masquerade ball in Vienna. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

False Pretenses (1935)

An entertaining “romantic” comedy which is rather cynical when it comes to romance and matrimony. This little poverty row B-picture benefits from very good acting performances and some witty dialogue. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Penny Points to Paradise (1951)

A British comedy starring many young British actors and comedians of the day, including Harry Secombe in the leading role. As the first film appearance of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, this film is of historic interest, but as a comedy it is exceedingly mediocre. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

This is a black comedy about an undertaker creating his own demand. It is an entertaining film, which first and foremost benefits from a great cast including horror icons Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Naked Truth (1957)

This British comedy contains some very dark humour. There is no holding back when it comes to showing the havoc caused by the film’s central blackmailer. In spite of its darkness, however, the film becomes more farcical as the plot unfolds, in part thanks to the talents of Peter Sellers and the rest of the cast. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Frech und Verliebt (1945/1948)

A solid romantic comedy from Germany (produced in 1944), whose release was delayed by the approaching end of the war. There are some very strong comedic performances in the major supporting roles, which are stronger than the film as a whole. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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