Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Flunky's Paw

Harp glissandos imparted dexterity
Now his hands swiftly dart with celerity
He gets octopoid quickly
You'll be shocked! Are you tickly?
'Cause this randy upstart has temerity!

David Cairns

Harpo Marx is all over the ladies in Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935). Harpo plays Tomasso, "dresser" of opera singer Rodolfo Lassparri.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All Hands On Deckhands

A steamship's small cabin, congested
Its teeming inhabitants nested
But asleep where he stands
Is a creep who's all hands
So some females are grabbed as he's rested.

Surly Hack and David Cairns

A somnambulant Harpo Marx mauls the maids in Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935). 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wolf at the Store

Don't call on this flop, though he's famous
Walk tall when you shop for a shamus
Give the go-by to Flywheel
He's nobody's i-deal
If you fall for his slop, well, don't blame us!

David Cairns

Harpo photobombs Groucho and Margaret Dumont in a still from The Big Store (Charles Reisner;1941). Groucho plays private eye Wolf J. Flywheel.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

She Boops to Conquer

Though our Boop girl is monochromatic
She's a trouper, hand-drawn, charismatic
When the images flicker
Our limbs tremble quicker
She's so super, we've gone quite ecstatic.

David Cairns

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Skinny on Aunt Minnie

In this scene they keep jamming 'em in
Like sardines one might cram in a tin
And speaking of feeds
What this cheek-to-jowl needs:
Lean Cuisine, so the famished stay thin.

A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In Like Fins

As stowaways barreled like herring
Each bro had a berth without sharing.
But this time, with means,
They're packed like sardines.
It's fishy how foully they're faring.

Donald B. Benson

Buster Keaton contributed to the visual comedy of the stateroom scene in the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935). The Marxes were "stowaways barreled like herring" in Monkey Business (1931).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Contents Under Pressure

Three Marxes, a tenor, and then
A girl who does nails, plus some men
To look at the plumbing --
Now waiters are coming
An aunt-hunter? Time to say when.

Donald B. Benson

The Marx Brothers fill the bill in A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Shove Boat

A cruise should be restful and quiet
A snooze-fest, not overfilled riot
So make sure your trunks
Aren't quaking with punks
Who choose hard boiled eggs for their diet.

James Finn Garner

The Marx Brothers run a tight ship in A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935). Jim Garner is still pitching Bardball, the site dedicated to reviving the art of baseball doggerel.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bum Steerage

Didn't rate room where four could unpack.
In a stateroom, like cordwood they stack.
But before they admit
Many more than will fit
Tempting fate, they all order a snack.

Surly Hack and Donald B. Benson

The Marx Brothers crowd into A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935).

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Betty Behind the Ears

Here's the awesome and super Ms Boop
Who would often say "Boop-Oop-A-Doop"
As a dog she debuted
Quite a slog for her dude
Who, by law had to scoop up her poop.

Norm Knott

Betty Boop began life as a cartoon dog, an anthropomorphic French poodle with floppy ears, ears which over time evolved into hoop earrings as Betty became fully human. Image: Betty with Bimbo, who remained a dog, in Bimbo's Initiation (Dave Fleischer; 1931).

Friday, August 4, 2017

No Intel Inside

With bodies "donated" we screwed
Playing God, we created a...dude
But without a sound mind
It's a lout, unrefined
A big clod in a hateful bad mood.

Fitz (Dwight Frye) looks down as Doctor Waldman (Edward Van Sloan) and Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) subdue the Monster (Boris Karloff) in Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931). Title by LimerWrecks insider Donald B. Benson.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Apocalypse Dowager


She's a classy, respectable lady
He's a sassy detective, and shady   
But this gumshoe and dame 
Can summon a flame
To surpass that of Mrs. O'Grady.

Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx flirt in The Big Store (Charles Reisner;1941). Groucho plays private eye Wolf J. Flywheel.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Now, Dowager

She'd act matronly, playing a part 
But the haters won't say she was smart
Far from clueless old bag
Maggie knew from a gag
Playing "straight" for this lady was art.

Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont in At The Circus (Edward Buzzell; 1939). In a 1940 interview, 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." --Wikipedia