Friday, July 21, 2017
Live spiders and flies, he demands
He eyes one, and sighs when it lands
No ifs, ands, or buts,
Dwight Iliff is nuts
Surprising these guys with jazz hands!
Dwight Frye-Days celebrates actor Dwight Iliff Frye. Here he is (as Renfield) with Charles K. Gerrard and Edward Van Sloan, in Dracula (Tod Browning; 1931). Title by Donald B. Benson, lord of the open flies.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
We pause at these matches risqué
Drop jaws at attachments four-way
No honeymoon's sweeter
(How fun! A three-seater!)
But the law's gonna catch them someday.
Thelma Todd, Chico and Groucho Marx in Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932). Title by Donald B.Benson, always a bridesmaid.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Some people find Harpo endearing
They leap to their feet and start cheering
He's sweet and angelic
Not some heated old relic
A creep who at starlets keeps leering.
Harpo Marx is the center of attention in this still from The Cocoanuts (Robert Florey, Joseph Santley;1929).
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Each son has been taught since a lad
That fun, though it's naughty, ain't "bad"
If you fool with a tart
After school, play it smart
Or one day a snot calls you "Dad".
Surly Hack and Donald B. Benson
David Landau, Thelma Todd, and the Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932).
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
When his muscles pop out like balloons
Popeye busts all those loutish great goons
All this winning is due
To the spinach he'll chew
It's more trusty than sprouts, peas or prunes.
Popeye pumps up in Beware of Barnacle Bill (Dave Fleischer; 1935).
Friday, July 14, 2017
Three dummies, one's merely a relic
All keep mum, one looks queerly angelic
One man's back has a crook
One hangs slack from a hook
So in sum, they are weird, psychedelic.
Dwight Frye-Days meets the Marx Brothers: Frye and Harpo in Frankenstein (1931) and Horse Feathers (1932). Title by meaty Donald. B. Benson.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Bullets struck! The gun's rat-a-ta-tat!
What a ruckus! This thunderous gat!
Firefly's friendly fire's fraught
It's his men that he's shot
Here's five bucks, keep it under your hat.
Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) shoots his own soldiers and--at least momentarily--attempts to pay to cover it up: Duck Soup (Leo McCarey; 1933). Firefly slips the bribe to his assistant, Bob Roland (Zeppo Marx).
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
When his generals' course proves too tame,
At the enemy's forces he'll aim
It's brutal, but, oops!
He shoots his own troops
Oh, the men and the horses he'll maim.
In one of the edgiest moments of Duck Soup (Leo McCarey; 1933),.Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx), the president of Freedonia, mows down his own soldiers.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Why the deuce are they going to war?
What excuse? Who can know just what for?
Who needs rhyme or a reason
With high crimes and high treason
Plus, a truce is a low-ratings bore.
The four Marx Brothers whip up patriotic war fervor in Duck Soup (Leo McCarey; 1933).
Monday, July 10, 2017
On blowhards, pretension, and pomp
These lower class menaces stomp
As their antics provoke
Those who can't take a joke
It's the Bros most commendable romp.
Freedonia's going to war! The Brothers Marx send up patriotic fervor in Duck Soup (Leo McCarey; 1933).
Sunday, July 9, 2017
That mean bully Bluto, his foil,
Bugs lean beanpole beauty, his goil
But chopped and canned veg
Gives Popeye an edge
And greens save that cutie Miss Oyl!
Popeye and Bluto square off in a frame from Bridge Ahoy! (Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel; 1936).
Friday, July 7, 2017
The nearness of skeletons bony
Strikes fear in Frye's hell-raising crony
For the mute on the right
the acute case of fright
Is clearly just deli baloney.
Dwight Frye-Days meets the Marx Brothers: Frye and Harpo attend anatomy class in Frankenstein (1931) and Horse Feathers (1932). Title by ampersandy Donald B. Benson.