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Dec 13 2007

Tell Me That Joke Again!

by Jimmy L

Sometimes I just want to watch a funny movie, one that makes me laugh uncontrollably.  While there some good comedies being made today, I find myself drawn more and more to the classics.  These movies had witty and intelligent dialog that made me laugh all the way through and never feel “cheap”.  Don’t discount them just because they’re old.




It Happened One Night (DVD)
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert star in this movie by Frank Capra which swept every major Academy Award.  It’s filled with great lines that often work on multiple (some very risqué) levels. 

Some Like It Hot (DVD)
Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play two out of work musicians who dress up as women in order to join an all-girl band and escape a gang who are after their heads.  Marilyn Monroe also stars as one of the girls in the band.  Directed by Billy Wilder.

The Shop Around the Corner (VHS)
This Ernst Lubitsch film starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan was later remade into the 1998 romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail.  Other than the basic plotline, this movie is very different.  The performances are pitch perfect and the script is full of wit and charm.

Heather O December 13, 2007 at 10:08 AM

I am partial to the “Thin Man” series with Myrna Loy and William Powell, hilarious banter between the characters.

Chris S December 14, 2007 at 4:06 PM

I’m a big fan of “All About Eve” and the “Philadelphia Story.” “Bringing Up Baby” is also one of a kind!

Nolan R. December 17, 2007 at 6:34 PM

One of my favorites is “Desk Set,” made in 1957 with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Librarians know this one, but the general public might not be as familiar with it. Hepburn stars as a librarian in a company’s research department and Tracy plays a cost-control expert determined to replace Hepburn’s department with–of all things–a computer, and witty banter ensues.

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