Very well known Exeweb poster
- Aug 22, 2007
- Far away across the field
Yes , they were amusing as the deadpan cricket mad duo in the very few films I saw them in. More interested in the latest Test score than the fact that war had been declared !Basil Radford - not to be confused with Basil Rathbone - was in a lot of 40s films, including one or two well-known ones - e.g. Passport To Pimlico. Naunton Wayne turned up later in The Titfield Thunderbolt.
Ha, did exactly the same this afternoon. The mirror scene is a classic.Sat down earlier with nothing to watch so put on Duck Soup which I recorded the other night from the Talking Pictures channel.
My daughter had never heard of the Marx Brothers (understandable given her age) but after she heard the first few gags from Groucho she was in fits of laughter , didn't understand all the references of the jokes but fully enjoyed it as did I once again and now find myself looking for a box set of the films to watch A night at the Opera , Animal Crackers etc etc.
Comic geniuses to this day 9/10
Margaret Dumont is so deadpan to the Marx Brothers insults she really looked totally confused at times.Ha, did exactly the same this afternoon. The mirror scene is a classic.
"In most of her interviews and press profiles, Dumont preserved the myth of her on-screen character: the wealthy, regal woman who never quite understood the jokes. However, in a 1942 interview with the World Wide Features press syndicate, Dumont said, "Scriptwriters build up to a laugh, but they don't allow any pause for it. That's where I come in. I ad lib—it doesn't matter what I say—just to kill a few seconds so you can enjoy the gag. I have to sense when the big laughs will come and fill in, or the audience will drown out the next gag with its own laughter... I'm not a stooge, I'm a straight lady. There's an art to playing straight. You must build up your man, but never top him, never steal the laughs from him."I remember reading once that her confusion was absolutely genuine!