The New York Yankees won today, so life is good for baseball fan Bruce Hallerton. On the same day, wanting to grow closer to his son, Bruce decides to manage a Little League team, so life is also.complicated. Suddenly, Bruce must cope with colleagues and parents who are “as soft as forgiving as a saber-toothed tiger,” with an attractive widow (Anne Miller) who wants her son to be the team’s pitcher, with a jealous and suspicious Mrs. Hallerton (Anne Francis), and with a son who is unexpectedly selected for a rival team and rather enjoys beating the socks off Pop’s squad. Batter up, Bruce! Mainstream comedy steps into the batter’s box in The Great American Pastime, with Tom Ewell (The Seven Year Itch) in affable mode as the flustered suburban dad. Dean Jones, more than a decade away from The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A. and other family comedies, has a supporting role as an energetic coach.
Gene Kelly hits the happy road to Paris, love and laughter! The Hollywood icon – the creative force behind Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and more musical landmarks – produces, directors and stars in a winning family comedy about two single parents who team up in pursuit of their respective children, runaways from a posh Swiss boarding school. Never fear: after many mix-ups, the parents find their offspring and romance. Michael Redgrave cameos as a can-do NATO officer whose troops join the search. “Lively and charming…an amusing lot of comic complications,” cheered Bosley Crowther in The New York Times, who noted that “Mr. Kelly is outstanding…functioning most effectively in each of his roles – as actor, producer and director, but particularly as a propagandist for brotherly love.” Filmed on location and bright with joie de vivre, The Happy Road won a 1958 Golden Globe® as Best Film Promoting International Understanding.
The Emmy®-winning comedy scores laughs with its lighthearted look at the crazy cases and characters that appear in night court in New York City in the 1980s, where anything – and everything – happens. As season six begins, the question remains: Is Assistant D.A. Dan Fielding (Emmy® winner John Larroquette) dead? After his plane crashes, he is presumed gone – how will his colleagues react? Elsewhere, defense attorney Christine Sullivan (Markie Post) is replaced after being listed as dead by a Personnel computer glitch, and a defendant is suddenly “alive” after 20 years in a coma. Plus, a city auditor scoffs at the idea that Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) and his courtroom are a magnet for bizarre and costly happenings . . . until a clown holds them hostage – including the auditor. And in a perhaps prophetic nod to reality TV of today, the courtroom turns into a circus when Harry allows proceedings to be shown on TV.
“.And if things work out she’s going to stay awhile.” And they sure did, resulting in “new girl” Alice sticking around for a triumphant nine season run that saw this new style sit-com become the standard bearer for the next generation of TV comedy.Alice is the story of Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin), a recently widowed single mom who finds herself working as a waitress at an Arizona diner while caring for her pre-teen son, Tommy (Philip McKeon). The inimitable Vic Tayback plays Mel, the gruff owner of the diner, while Beth Howland and Polly Holliday play her co-workers, neurotic Vera and no-nonsense Flo. This 3-Disc, 24- Episode Collection collects the entire first season of the Bicentennial-era break-out hit, including the rarely seen pilot episode featuring Alfred Lutter from Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the film inspiration for Alice. Guest stars include Batman’s Adam West, Victor Buono, and Dark Shadow’s Lara Parker.
What happens when Governor Farley of Idaho (Beau Bridges) decides to close his state borders rather than allow a planeload of immigrant orphans to make it their home? The answer is hilarious, frightening, scandalous – and may well be the start of THE SECOND CIVIL WAR. In this outrageous comedy, a nation watches – on TV – while President (Phil Hartman) turns to his advisors, including lobbyist Jack Buchan (James Cohurn), for advice. As the crisis escalates, it all depends on the Governor of Idaho. Will he be open to peaceful negotiations? Not before he’s negotiated his way back into the bedroom of the businesslike NewsNet reporter Christina Fernandez (Elizabeth Pena) with whom he is having a stormy affair. NewsNet is covering the tension at the Idaho state border as armed forces move in either side. Will the Governor give way to his immigrant love or anti-immigration war? Either way, it looks like there’ll be nothing civil about THE SECOND CIVIL WAR.
When old school friends meet, they soon become lovers. Only problem is, he’s running for President! Will love conquer all and leave him enough energy to conquer the voters? Only time and this hilarious comedy will tell.
Just who runs this country anyway? For comedy fans, the answer is – Dave.Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, In & Out) and Sigourney Weaver (Working Girl, Ghostbusters) star in this box-office winner about an uncanny Presidential lookalike named Dave, who’s recruited by the Secret Service to become a momentary stand-in for the President of the United States. However, things don’t turn out exactly as planned and Dave finds himself continuing his masquerade as Chief Executive indefinitely.Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters and 6 Days, 7 Nights) directs and supporting players Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley and Charles Grodin supply more reasons to stand up and cheer. Many real-life Washington politicosand pundits join the fun as Dave uses ordinary-guy savvy to deal with the extraordinary responsibilities of the Oval Office.
Ivan Reitman, producer of National Lampoon ‘5 Animal House and producer/director of Ghostbusters, brings you Big Shots, a slam-bang comedy-adventure with a heart as big as Chicago. It centers on the unlikely but very special friendship that develops between two 11-year-old boys. Obie is a kid from the lily-white suburbs struggling with the recent death of his father while Scam is a product of the inner city, Streetwise but equally alone. Together they share an odyssey full of outrageous humor and riveting excitement that teaches them that its character and love, not size, age or stature, that truly make someone a big shot. Robert Mandel, director of F/X, has given Big Shots a percolating rhythm that maintains a deft balance between the story’s scares and surprises and its warm, knowing exploration of two boys on the brink of manhood. With a sterling supporting cast, this is a film the whole family will enjoy.
Think of Red Skelton and chances are you think of Clem Kadiddlehopper, The Mean Widdle Kid or Freddie the Freeloader. These and other Skelton comedy creations have tickled the funnybones of generations of TV viewers. But in The Clown, the legendary comic touches movie audiences in a surprisingly different way, combining his unique buffoonery with heart-tugging drama.In this tragicomedy based on MGM’s classic The Champ, Skelton portrays Dodo Delwyn, a once-great comedian whose gambling and boozing have reduced him to fairground clowning. Tim Considine (former Mouseketeer and My Three Sons star) plays Dodo’s eight-year old son, who is wise beyond his years. He inspires Dodo to strive again for stardom…this time in that exciting new medium called television. Watching Dodo’s hilarious TV antics is much like watching Skelton’s own show, which was then in the second year of its extraordinary 20-year run.
Red Skelton plays Aubrey Filmore, a feather-brained but lovable bellboy who dreams of becoming an agent for the Union’s secret service during the Civil War. He gets his chance when he inadvertently causes the capture of a notorious Confederate spy known as “The Grey Spider” and adopts the spy’s identity. The plot thickens when Aubrey meets the beautiful Confederate agent Sallyann Weatharby (Arlene Dahl) and falls in love with her. He is then forced to carry on the masquerade by posing as The Grey Spider and conveying false maps and instructions to deceive the Confederate forces when they plan their strategy at an upcoming battle.Comic genius Buster Keaton was instrumental in creating numerous memorable gags in this endearing film and veteran director Edward Sedgwick came out of retirement to make the picture. For fans of classic comedy, A Southern Yankee is truly a piece of motion picture history.
David Spade focuses on pop-culture bashing in his first solo HBO TV comedy special that aired on April 17, 1998 and was taped in front of a live audience. In this 60 minute show, David Spade uses his everyday life experiences as a platform for his jokes.
Marion Davies has stars in her eyes in this “delightful look at silent Hollywood” (Time Out Film Guide), directed by King Vidor and costarring William Haines. All Peggy Pepper (Davies) wants in life is to be a great dramatic actress. But when rowdy slapstick comic Billy Boyle (Haines) gives Peggy her big break, she puts her dreams on hold and becomes America’s comedy queen. So when prestigious High Arts Studio offers her the chance to play serious roles and Peggy gets an awfully swelled head, it’s up to Billy to burst her bubble and bring Peggy down to earth. Loosely based on Gloria Swanson’s career, Show People features cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, William S. Hart and more in this “bright and snappy ode to Hollywood stardom” (Allrovi.com).
Dave Attell is funnier and more outlandish than ever in his first solo HBO special, a 60-minute concert performed in front of a live audience at The Lincoln Theater, the venerable Washington DC venue. Attell’s sarcastic wit and quick-fire delivery prove why he has earned the reputation as a “comic’s comic” and was dubbed one of the”25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly. His decidedly adult brand of comedy covers everything including alcohol consumption, dating, current events and celebrities, and everything else on his mind.
THE MAISIE COLLECTION VOLUME 1 (1939 – 1941) Ann Sothern stars in her signature role – the unstoppable showgirl, Maisie Ravier – in the first of a two volume complete collection.MAISIE (1939) Out of work and out of digs, a burlesque dancer ends up working as a maid at a ranch in Wyoming. This western romp comes tinged with a bit of noir, as a dark dame (Ruth Hussey) tries to lay a frame on the hunk of a ranch foreman. Newly remastered.CONGO MAISIE (1940) John Carroll provides the beefcake to distract the wisecracking burlesque queen as she finds herself stuck inside an African adventure. It’ time to head up the river with Maisie for an Apocalypse Never. “The hats. The hats!” Newly remastered.GOLD RUSH MAISIE (1940) Maisie takes a trip to the heart of social injustice as she finds herself working alongside a Joadian clan of dustbowl refugees. With Lee Bowman and Virginia Weidler. Newly remastered.MAISIE WAS A LADY (1941) Once again out-of-gigs-and-digs, Maisie plunges into a Comedy of Manors, cleaning house and stealing hearts deep inside high society. C. Aubrey Smith is the bristling butler determined to keep Maisie in her place, with fellow MGM series stars Lew Ayres (Dr. Kildare) and Maureen O’ullivan (Tarzan’ Jane) waiting on the inside. Newly remastered.RINGSIDE MAISIE (1941) This go-round finds Maisie getting stuck inside a boxing picture while trying to get to a gig in the Adirondacks. Future Sothern spouse Robert Sterling provides the pugilism, while Gene Murphy’s coach/manager complicates matters with Virginia O’Brien completing the quadrangle.
When a young wife accustomed to champagne and caviar finds married life means weenies and beans, The Bride Walks Out. This brisk, engaging comedy asks “Can love conquer all – especially on a $35-a-week budget?” And, of course, through bills and battles, quarrels and quirks, the answer is “yes.”Barbara Stanwyck stars as the extravagant, clothes-loving bride and Gene Raymond is her devoted, underpaid groom. Robert Young (TV ‘s beloved Marcus Welby) is the boozy playboy who teaches the bride that luxury is expensive.but love is priceless. With first-rate stars, an endearing theme and a supporting cast full of veteran wisecrackers and wise guys, The Bride Walks Out walks in a winner in this “breezy comedy hit” (Richard B. Jewell, THE RKO STORY).
Star actor/comedian D.L. Hughley appears in his first solo HBO special, a no-holds-barred 60-minute routine performed in front of a live audience at The Lincoln Theater, the venerable Washington DC venue. Hughley, seen previously in Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, keeps the crowd roaring with his hilarious take on politics, childhood, challenging your father to a fight, gluttony, impotence drugs, parenthood and more.
Kind. Gentle. Sympathetic. Jim Norton is none of these things, and that’s why he’s one of the hottest new comedians in America. Norton continues the rich One Night Stand tradition of no-holds-barred comedy that blows apart the double standards of polite society. His pit bull approach is as far from politically correct as pro football is from men’s figure skating. Taped in front of a live New York audience, Norton riffs hilariously on sex, drugs and the hypocrisies of modern culture. See what audiences across the country have discovered – for comedy served straight up, with honesty and malice for all, this little guy is a comic giant.
A charming, starry-eyed Czech immigrant arrives in America expecting the golden land of opportunity. What he discovers instead, in this breezy comedy, are the harsh realities of New York City.Ginger Rogers stars as Sylvia Dennis, a bouncy chorus girl who comes to the aid of Karel Novak (Francis Lederer), a lonely and somewhat lost illegal alien who just jumped ship to find his dream in America. But the dream turns sour when he takes the job of a scab driver during a taxi-cab strike and gets a punch in the nose for his trouble. Sylvia, taking pity on Karel and enchanted by his undying optimism, allows him to camp on the roof of her apartment building – a situation that sparks romance against the backdrop of the glittering Manhattan skyline.
Julie Andrews stars as a struggling Paris cabaret singer who becomes the toast of the town when she goes on stage as female impersonator Victor/Victoria.1930s. As the favorite of Paris’ nightlife Victoria Grant’s (Andrews) act as female impersonator Count Viktor Grezhinski brings her all the fame and fortune she could ever desire. Then tough-guy Chicago gangster/nightclub owner King Marchand (James Garner) walks into her cabaret. Sparks fly as the two are inexorably drawn to each other … but Marchand doesn’t realize that the object of his desire is a she, impersonating a he, impersonating a she. And Victoria cannot reveal her ruse without risking her celebrity and success.Now, as this screwball musical comedy from director Blake Edwards (Pink Panther films, 10) careens to a wild climax, genders will bend, secrets will be revealed, closets will open and hearts will melt!
This hilarious screwball comedy gave Fred MacMurray a chance to show his brilliant comedic chops as Peter, a radio personality who is told he’s just inherited two million dollars by a gold-digging secretary (Eleanor Parker as Christy) who is determined to snag him for herself.Though he never quite believes she’s telling the truth about his inheritance, circumstances continue to bring Peter together with Christy, infuriating both his fianc?e, June (Kay Buckley), and his pal, Dr. Cook (Richard Carlson), who secretly loves June himself. It’s not long before Christy and Dr. Cook join forces and cook up some shenanigans to help them win the lovers they want.One of the great early comedic directors, George Marshall guided many of the cinema’s most celebrated comedians, from Laurel & Hardy and W.C. Fields to Bob Hope, James Stewart, Glenn Ford, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.