John Cleese and Graham Chapman, along with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman and Aimi MacDonald headline this historic comedy series, which directly preceeded and inspired Monty Python. With every episode a string of wildly silly and hilarious sketches, it deserves to achieve immortal status.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Includes new interviews with Terry Jones and Tim Brooke-Taylor. UK and USA trailers.
Intro - The Psychiatrist - Secret Service Cleaner - The Pretty Way - Reptile Keeper - The Chartered Accountant Dance - The Four Yorkshiremen
Intro - Let's Speak English - Top of the Form - Spiv Doctor - Theif in the Library - Come Dancing.
Intro - Someone Has Stolen the News - Topic: Freedom of Speech - A Train Carriage - Studio Tour.
Intro - The Four Sydney Lotterby's - Visitors for the use of Lonely Patients - Sleep Starvation - Mice Laugh Softly Charlotte - Jack the Ripper Song - Plain Clothes Police Women.
Intro - Shirt Shop - The Nosmo Claphanger Quiz Show - Life Insurance for the Accident Prone Man - Uncooperative Burglars - Scottish National Ballet Supporters.
The one and only Charlie Chaplin! Our journey begins with The Rink, in which our hero displays some impressive roller-skating skills, followed by Chaplins first film for the Mutual Film Corporation: the groundbreaking The Floorwalker, featuring the hilarious ˜escalator chase, as well as the iconic ˜mirror scene so famously imitated by the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup. Up next is One AM, in which we see our hero take a break from his ˜Tramp persona, instead playing a wealthy (but very tipsy!) young man facing the arduous task of making it to bed after a night on the town! Chaplin puts on a one-man comedy tour de force in this unique film that will have you howling with delight. Finally, The Pawnshop, one of Chaplins most successful films for Mutual, sees Chaplin bring down the house once more with his inimitable slapstick shenanigans!
A Night Out sees Chaplin paired for the very first time with Edna Purviance, the actress who would become his leading lady for the best part of the next decade, in his first film for Essanay Studios. The iconic character of the ˜Tramp makes his first appearance in Keystone Studios Kid Auto Races In Venice, also known as The Pest, before Chaplin takes on the role of an upper-class gentleman in Cruel, Cruel Love, also for Keystone. The famous California film studio provides the location for Film Johnny, in which Chaplin disrupts the shooting of a film in a bid to find the girl of his dreams, while Charlies Recreation (aka Tango Tangles) pairs Chaplin on screen with the legendary Fatty Arbuckle. A Woman sees our hero dress as a lady to fool his sweethearts father, before The Rival Mashers (aka Those Love Pangs) brings Chaplin together with silent movie legend Chester Conklin “ and not for the last time!
Work, made for Essanay Studios, sees Chaplin star opposite regular leading lady and sometime girlfriend Edna Purviance, who also features in the hilarious slapstick In The Park. The Good For Nothing (aka His New Profession) is a Keystone Studios production in which Chaplin attempts to look after an invalid “ perhaps not the best choice for the job, considering his well-deserved reputation for mischief! Chaplins most iconic screen persona “ that of the ˜Tramp “ really comes into his own in the classic Essanay Studios comedy The Tramp, a film which highlights the sweet nature and unique world view of the bowler-hatted, moustachioed vagrant we all love so dearly. Finally, Chaplin plays a recently released ex-convict trying to stay on the straight and narrow in Police, his last original film for Essanay Studios. Its safe to say that our heros attempts to stay out of trouble dont go quite as he may have planned!
Shanghaied sees our hero set sail on the high seas, and his attempts to serve food during a fierce gale are a sure-fire recipe for disaster! Our trip then continues with the fascinating and controversial Triple Trouble, a film put out by Essanay Studios against Chaplins wishes! Released in theatres long after Chaplin had left Essanay to join the Mutual Film Corporation, Triple Trouble contains footage shot for an unreleased Chaplin film, edited together with outtakes from previous films and newly shot material. The result is an intriguing film in which Chaplin remains as funny as ever, and which reveals how insatiable the public was for new Chaplin releases! The Count sees Chaplin play a lowly tailor who attempts to infiltrate a high society party, with predictably hilarious consequences, while in The Cure he returns to that tried and tested comedy staple of the age: drunkenness!
The Fireman is a rip-roaring slapstick classic that sees our hero take on the role of “ you guessed it “ a firefighter! The film is notable for Chaplins hilarious, and often violent, physical comedy, as well as its use of special effects. At several points, using the ˜magic of the movies, the action is thrown into reverse; a technique that had audiences rolling in the aisles! While The Fireman was the second film Chaplin made for the Mutual Film Corporation, The Adventurer would be his last. In it he plays an escaped convict on the run, who ends up taking on more than he can handle when he saves a young lady from drowning. The Immigrant, sees Chaplin play a penniless tramp who has just arrived in America, while Easy Street sees him accept the job of policeman in a downtrodden slum, taking on the local bully and protecting the innocent residents.
The Champion, made for Essanay Studios, is notable among other reasons for featuring the owner of the studio, Billy Anderson, as an extra during the famous boxing scene! The Vagabond, meanwhile, sees Chaplins ˜Tramp character trying to raise some much-needed funds by playing his violin in a nefarious drinking den, before falling for the charms of his regular leading lady, Edna Purviance. Behind The Screen returns to that oft-visited theme of Chaplins work, the movie business! Playing a stagehand named David (with an overbearing boss named Goliath, naturally!), our hero is thrust into a series of hilarious situations with oversized props and a leading lady dressed as a man! The Keystone Studios film The Knockout is an unusual entry in Chaplins body of work, as his ˜Tramp plays a rare second fiddle to that other star of the age, Fatty Arbuckle. Chaplin also shares screen time with Ford Sterling in Between Showers, as the duo co-star as rivals for a young ladys affections.
After making no less than 36 films for Keystone Studios, Chaplin left the company and joined Essanay Studios. The title of our first film here, His New Job, is a not-so-subtle hint that this was his first film for his new employers! Chaplin plays a last minute replacement for an actor in a movie shoot, but needless to say things dont run quite smoothly for him, as he ends up literally destroying the set! A Jitney Elopement follows a young couples attempts to elope in a jitney “ a type of shared taxi popular in the early 20th century. Chaplin writes, directs and stars alongside his longtime leading lady, Edna Purviance. Chaplin acts as his own co-star in the rambunctious A Night In The Show, playing both the role of ˜Mr Pest and that of ˜Mr Rowdy, in a film with its roots in a show Chaplin performed during his years on the stage with the Karno Company. Finally we have The Bank, one of Chaplins best loved Essanay Studios films, in which he portrays a lowly janitor in a bank with dreams of romance.
By The Sea, filmed entirely on location at Crystal Pier in California, follows Chaplins famous ˜Tramp as he attempts to charm some ladies on the beach. Needless to say, the ladies husbands are not best pleased! His Regeneration, another Essanay Studios production, offers a rare look at Chaplin in a non-starring role. The cast features Marguerite Clayton, Lee Willard and Billy Anderson “ the co-owner of Essanay Studios and the ˜A in ˜Ess-an-Ay! Bringing our delightful collection to a close is Mabel At The Wheel (aka Hot Finish). This Keystone Studios production is notable not only because its a Chaplin film that he didnt write or direct, but is one that his co-star (his female co-star, no less) did co-direct! Mabel Normand was a star in her own right, as well as one of Hollywoods first female writers and directors. The film is also noteworthy for the fact that Chaplin plays a villain, but it wasnt to last and he soon found himself winning over audiences affections all around the world. And the rest, as they say, is history!
This collection brings together 18 of his most beloved silent shorts, showcasing his unique comic timing and revealing the true depth of his captivating talent. Iconic films such as The Tramp, The Immigrant, The Rink and Easy Street show just why Chaplin was the hottest property in the entertainment industry, with a natural ability to light up the screen that continues to be celebrated “ and imitated “ to this very day.
Originally planned as a children's show 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' soon gained a large adult following. Featuring Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, David Jason and Denise Coffey with animations by Terry Gilliam and music interludes by Neil Innes' Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band the programme brought together some of the great writers and perfromers who would eventually create Monty Python.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Includes new interviews with Terry Jones and Tim Brooke-Taylor. UK and USA trailers.
Man of many talents, Frank Skinner returned to live performance with this 50 date UK Tour; a tour now extended to 21st December 2014 Frank is a regular on TV and currently also hosts a show on the nationwide Absolute Radio station.
LAUREL & HARDY COLLECTION SHOULD SAILORS MARRY? ¢ ENOUGH TO DO THUNDERING FLEAS ¢ ALONG CAME AUNTIE CRAZY LIKE A FOX ¢ BROMO & JULIET Roll back the years with this collection of early performances from the world's favourite comedy double act! Should Sailors Marry? is a Hal Roach silent short featuring Ollie in an early supporting role as a doctor, playing opposite the great Clyde Cook. The two also star in Enough To Do, co-written and directed by none other than Stan Laurel! Thundering Fleas is a short starring the cast of 'Our Gang', ably supported by Ollie and the boys' longtime collaborator James Finlayson. Along Came Auntie is another Hal Roach picture, starring Ollie and co-written by Stan, while Crazy Like A Fox and Bromo & Juliet both feature Ollie alongside comedian Charley Chase, and were released just prior to the official teaming up of the great Laurel & Hardy!
LAUREL & HARDY COLLECTION THE HOBO ¢ THE SAWMILL MUD & SAND ¢ WHITE WINGS Get ready to laugh with this collection of early film appearances from the world's favourite comedy double act! The Hobo stars Ollie, billed as Babe Hardy in one of his earliest Hollywood roles, playing opposite the great Billy West, known as one of the era's best Charlie Chaplin impersonators (including, so the legend goes, by Chaplin himself!). The Sawmill sees Ollie paired with slapstick legend Larry Semon, while Mud And Sand stars Stan as an unlikely matador, playing opposite his then-comedy partner and common-law wife, Mae Laurel. White Wings, produced by the famed silent era mogul Hal Roach, sees Stan teamed up with the instantly recognisable James Finlayson, who would later join Laurel & Hardy in over 30 of their greatest films.
LAUREL & HARDY COLLECTION THE PAPERHANGER'S HELPER ¢ HOP TO IT BELLHOP YES, YES, NANETTE Hold on to your sides as this collection of early performances from the world's favourite comedy double act is sure to raise a chuckle with fans of all ages! Before finding his ideal foil in Stan, Ollie starred on screen opposite a number of other comic greats, and The Paperhanger's Helper sees Ollie teamed with the skinny comedian Bobby Ray as two men employed to hang posters at a sanitarium, with hilarious results! The two also star in Hop To It Bellhop, as a pair of nutty bellhops causing havoc in an upmarket hotel. Finally, Yes, Yes, Nanette sees Ollie star alongside the great James Finlayson, who would go on to feature in dozens of Laurel & Hardy films, in a short directed by Ollie's future comedy partner Stan Laurel.
LAUREL & HARDY COLLECTION HARD BOILED YEGGS STOLEN JOOLS The early years in the Hollywood careers of Laurel & Hardy saw the boys appear in numerous short comedy gems alongside some of the greatest stars of the silent era. Hard Boiled Yeggs is one such treasure that features Ollie alongside the celebrated comic star Billy West, in the hilarious tale of a young college graduate who inherits a large sum of money, as well as a café on the wrong side of the tracks. Stolen Jools, however, is a talkie featuring Laurel & Hardy alongside a veritable galaxy of stars, in a short comedy produced to raise funds for National Variety Artists. This unique picture, which for many years was thought to be one of the great lost films, co-stars some of the most legendary names of the era, including Buster Keaton, Edward G. Robinson, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Barbara Stanwyck, in a true piece of Hollywood history.
LAUREL & HARDY COLLECTION THE SOILERS ¢ SMITHY WEST OF HOT DOG Stan and Ollie were always talented comic actors, and before finding their natural rhythm as the greatest double act in history they each featured in numerous comedy shorts alongside other stars of the day. The Soilers stars Stan Laurel, alongside his then-comic partner and common-law wife Mae Laurel, in a parody of the year's hit Gold Rush drama 'The Spoilers'. The film also stars James Finlayson, who would go on to feature in over 30 Laurel & Hardy films, and who also appears in Smithy, a comedy starring Stan in the title role as a discharged soldier who finds work at a construction site - with predictably hilarious results! Stan also stars in West Of Hot Dog, one of twelve two-reel comedies he made for famed comedian-turned-producer Joe Rock. Stan's former partner Mae Laurel did not appear in these Joe Rock films, as the legendary producer felt she was a bad influence on Stan and put her on a ship back to Australia!
LAUREL & HARDY COLLECTION ORANGES & LEMONS ¢ SHORT KILTS KID SPEED Before finding fame as arguably the greatest comedy double act of all time, Stan and Ollie honed their comic skills in a series of hilarious shorts, and here we have just a few of their finest. In Oranges & Lemons, Stan stars as Sunkist, an orange packer, who can't help but cause havoc for his foreman and co-workers! Making an appearance as one of Stan's fellow orange packers is Laurel & Hardy's longtime comic foil James Finlayson, who also co-stars with Stan in Short Kilts, as the pair play members of rival Scottish clans that get together for one unforgettable evening! Meanwhile, Ollie shows off his comic credentials in Kid Speed, playing 'Dangerous' Dan - a contestant in a high-speed motor race where the winner 'gets the girl'! Taking on his rival, played by silent star Larry Semon, the action reaches breakneck speed as the pair face off against the backdrop of the Santa Monica Race Course.
Two legends of Scottish comedy together for the first time on DVD.
Sit back and enjoy more than four hours of two of Scotland s finest comedians at their very best.
The Chic Murray Collection Described as the originator of Scottish stand-up comedy, Chic Murray s influence has been enormous north of the border. Billy Connolly is a huge fan and was drawn towards stand-up because of Chic. This programme features rare and unseen footage including a live show from the early 70s, plus a full length documentary on his life, with contributions from stars of Scottish stage and screen.
The Best of Dorothy Paul The irrepressible Dorothy Paul, back on DVD, with a collection of her finest one-woman shows, performed before a guest audience of her peers. Filmed live in Glasgow at the Pavilion Theatre, Dorothy s poignant and hilarious recants on life blocked toilets, waddins, funerals, the joys of decorating on a budget, and the inevitable wummins troubles will have you rolling in the aisles.
Chic Murray and Dorothy Paul are two of the most recognisable figures in Scottish comedy.
These DVDs are being released together for the first time.
Includes rarely seen footage of Chic Murray and one of Dorothy Paul s finest shows.
In Flying Deuces, probably their most famous film, Hardy falls
in love with an innkeeper’s daughter, Georgette, and asks her
to marry him. But there is someone else in Georgette’s life.
Stan suggests they join the French Foreign Legion to help
Ollie forget. But when they discover that Georgette is the
wife of their commanding officer, all hell breaks loose!
Utopia, Stan and Ollie’s last film together, where they set
sail for an island Stan has inherited from his late uncle. On
the way, they hit a storm and are beached on a uranium-rich
atoll where they set up their own government with Ollie as
governor. Ollie’s utopian vision of a state without immigration
laws, taxes, money or laws backfires when prospectors
arrive to exploit the uranium resources of the island. Chaos
LAUREL AND HARDY COLLECTION
The Laurel and Hardy collection features their first ever film
together, Lucky Dog, incredible behind the scenes footage
shot by the comedy team and the only ever colour footage of
Laurel and Hardy together.
They’ve been called the most popular comedy institution in Hollywood history – crazy ‘live cartoon’ characters who still enthral adults and kids alike with their larger-than-life personalities and fantastically farcical physical comedy. They were Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe: six down-to-earth guys from Brooklyn and Philly who became those immortal comedy icons, The Three Stooges. With their bad haircuts, kooky expressions and gloriously goofy dialogue (not to mention their trademark pie-fights, pratfalls and eye-pokes), The Three Stooges turned the comic slapstick they’d mastered in vaudeville into a wildly popular art-form. They were also one of the most enduring acts in showbiz, performing on stage and screen in various line-ups for nearly half a century. And their output was vast: from the late 1920s right up to the ‘70s the Stooges made some 25 feature films and 190 of the classic comedy shorts for which they’re best remembered – not to mention live-action sequences for their celebrated cartoon series. So sit back, relax and be entertained time and time again by one of history’s greatest comedy ensembles doing
what they do best: making us laugh.
Classic Shorts: The Brideless Groom, Disorder In The Court, Malice In The Palace and Sing A Song Of Six Pants • Feature-length film: Africa Screams Incredible live action and hilarious Three Stooges cartoons
Packed full of DVD extras featuring rare sketches and television performances.
Produced exclusively by The Three Stooges Company, C3 Entertainment, Inc. and narrated by Moes son, Paul Howard, this long-anticipated DVD collection will smack you over the head with private home movies, family photographs, contributions from comedy greats Whoopi Goldberg, Billy West, and Pat Cooper, and of course classic clips of their Columbia shorts chock-full of all your favourite slaps, pokes, pratfalls, Woob! Woob! Woobs! And Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuks!