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Ten Movies That Make Me Laugh
Lady and the Tramp
(1955) Voices of Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Alan Reed
Walt Disney's animated romantic comedy canine adventure is a stylish joy for all ages and the ages. With colorful Christmas settings, it's the perfect family holiday movie.
Singin' in the Rain
(1952) Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
American Film Institute's #10 Top American Film. Silent movies learn to talk in this absolute joy, performed by an exhilarating cast. The best musical film ever is also a comedy riot! Should be in the Top 5!
Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The
(1944) Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, William Demarest, Diana Lynn
Preston Sturges' screwball whirlwind follows the complications of young Trudy Kockenlocker's unwed pregnancy. Considered very daring at the time, it's nothing short of amazing and terrific.
(1974) Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman
Mel Brooks' outrageous, anarchic, and surreal spoof pounced on the western genre AND racism! This picture, along with M*A*S*H, forever altered the direction of film comedy.
(1970) Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Sally Kellerman
AFI's #56 Top American Film. From the Vietnam war era, Robert Altman's savage anti-military farce goes for the groin and rips audiences apart with gut-busting laughter. Superior to the neutered TV series.
Nutty Professor, The
(1963) Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman
Lewis' comic spin on the Jekyll/Hyde tale is brighter, warmer, and sillier (a compliment!) than the remake. Prof. Kelp at the gym is pure gold. And watch him dance. Hey, kids, it's a gasser!
Nutty Professor, The
(1996) Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, James Coburn
Although I prefer Jerry's Kelp to Eddie's Klump, this update has much to recommend for older audiences. The gutter material, while often funny, tarnishes the project. It's simply in the wrong movie.
Some Like It Hot
(1959) Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
AFI's #14 Top American Film. Fleeing mobsters, two men pose as women in Billy Wilder's jewel, often touted as the best sound era comedy. Joe E. Brown delivers the greatest closing line in history.
(1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen
Yeah, I know this one's not a comedy classic, but I do find it pleasant enough, so it's included here for a bit of variety. A showbiz musical filled with Irving Berlin tunes and light comedy and romance. Uh, it may also have some Christmas stuff in it. I don't want to give too much away.
Bank Dick, The
(1940) W.C. Fields, Franklin Pangborn, Una Merkel, Grady Sutton
It's dangerous to openly proclaim the funniest movie ever made; but I'll put this, my choice, up next to yours any day. One wacky picture that has it all -- and The Great Man!
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