Post by Mack A. Damia
Probably been covered many times, but it's worth a reprise.
"The Great Race" is playing now on TCM. Plenty of funny scenes, but I
always found the submarine scene with Lemmon and Falk to be
And I still remember laughing aloud when Jack Lemmon thought Leslie
had run away with a chicken.
Many responses to this thread have mentioned funny lines, when the
subject was presented as funny *scenes.* I've been trying to think of
scenes that build ato a rich payoff. The scene in with all the
characters crowded into Groucho's berth in "A Night at the Opera"
qualifies, I think, along with Harpo's mirror scene in "Duck Soup."
Apparently Abbott and Costello performed "Who's on First?" in at least
two movies: "One Night in the Tropics" (1940) and "The Naughty
Nineties" (1945). But should a vaudeville routine count as a
"scene?" Whatever -- "Who's on First" remains one of the funniest
bits ever put on film. And radio. And TV.
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" contains many very
funny scenes (He raped Thrace thrice!). And the scene in which Albert
Finney as Tom Jones glances at the camera when he learns (incorrectly)
that he has slept with his own mother will always make me laugh. I
laugh when the butler tells William Powell as Nick Charles to "walk
this way." The bedroom scene with Peter Sellers and Capucine in "The
Pink Panther" is very funny, as are several others in the film,
especially the macap car chase around the statue, complete with
gorillas. And the whole broken window sequence in "The Kid" with
Chaplin and Jackie Coogan is delightful, especially at the end when
Chaplin kicks the kid away. And don't forget Chaplin on the high wire
with monkeys in "The Circus."
Finally, I can't leave out the scene in "10" in which Dudley Moore is
talking to a minister played by Max Showalter. Also in the room are an
elderly lady and a large hound. As they're conversing, the lady rises
unsteadily to her feet and lets go a loud fart, whereupon the hound
dashes out the door. When Moore looks puzzled, Showalter kindly
explains, "When Mrs. Kissel breaks wind, we beat the dog." I think
that scene deserves a special Academy Award, but maybe that's just me.
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