Sunday Housekeeping


Just a few notes for my six-score-and-three faithful followers:


  • I can’t resist promoting my new blog that promotes my new Live Tweet on Twitter. I have just begun doing a Live Tweet at on Saturdays at 12 noon EST. Each week is devoted to one or two B-movie gangster films where you can join the Tweet and comment on the movie while it’s playing. The Twitter page for the group is at (If you follow along on the movie, use the hashtag #GangstersAllHere.) If you want to keep updated on the movie of the week, visit the blog at (You can also find our movie update at the sidebar on the right-hand side of this blog, as you can see.)


  • Only two days left for the “Movies That Haven’t Aged Well” Blogathon! The blogathon is wide open until Aug. 31, and we’ve already received some terrific entries. If you’ve found that you loved a movie when you were younger, only to revisit it and find that it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be, write about it on your blog, and link it to our blogathon here.


  • If you have a favorite scene or movie of physical comedy from TV or the movies, don’t forget to ring in the season of autumn by joining our “See You in the ‘Fall'” Blogathon! Click here to learn more about and sign up for the blogathon, which runs Sept. 20-23.


  • My continued thanks to all of the readers and followers of this blog. For about 45 years, I’ve been soaking up movies and wondering what I’d ever do with all of my “knowledge.” This has been a very fun way to share it!

Only one month left until the “SEE YOU IN THE FALL” BLOGATHON!


Autumn is only a month away, and with that comes our SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON! Have you decided which physical-comedy scene or movie you’re going to immortalize in blog history? Pick your favorite now, and let us know your choice! Click here for more information, and hurry up…time’s a-wastin’!




Are you a fan of old-school physical comedy? When it comes to long laughs, do you prefer prankish pratfalls and slapstick sight gags to befouled bodily functions?

If so, join us and ring in autumn by celebrating your favorite pratfall with the SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON!!


1. Write a blog entry about your favorite moment of visual-media entertainment related to physical comedy.

(a) Your moment can be related to TV or movies.

(b) It can be but doesn’t have to be an entire movie or TV episode. It can be anything from a silent-era short subject to a modern-day feature film to a variety-show-related or Monty Python TV sketch, as long as it involves physical comedy.

2. Post the entry on your blog.

3. Go below to the “Comments” section for this blogathon, and post the URL for both your blog and your blogathon entry.

4. Grab one of the banners below, post it on your website, and link it back to the URL for this blogathon.

5. The blogathon will run from Sun., Sept. 20 through Wed., Sept. 23 (the first day of autumn), 2015. Once you have posted your URLs during that time frame, I will link my blogathon back to your blog and your ‘thon entry.

Have fun with your blog…and try not to slip up! Here’s the blog line-up so far. [If you are reading this blog entry after Sept. 19, 2015, click here for an updated list of links to the blogs listed below.]

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Steve Martin as “The Great Flydini”

BNoir Detour – Keenan Wynn’s flipper scene in Shack Out on 101 (1955)

Silver Screenings – Laurel & Hardy in The Flying Deuces (1939)

Nitrateglow – The chase scene in Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) and Robin Williams in Patch Adams (1998)

Girls Do Film – Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958)

Movies Silently – Lupino Lane in Naughty Boy (1927)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1963)

Critica Retro – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

The Wonderful Worlld of Cinema – Buster Keaton in One Week (1920)

Moon in Gemini – The chase scene in Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921)

Smitten Kitten Vintage – The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937)

Caftan Woman – The “setting up for rehearsal” scene in The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Once Upon a Screen – Laurel & Hardy on the stairs in The Music Box (1932)

How Sweet It Was – Dick Van Dyke and the ottoman on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Reel Distracted – Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967)

CineMaven – Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974) and the “Mr. Muckle” scene in W.C. Fields’ It’s a Gift (1934)

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque – David Schwimmer as Ross Geller on “Friends”

Serendipitous Anachronisms – The British sitcom “Keeping Up Appearances” (1990-1995)

Silent-ology – Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton’s flirting scene in Good Night, Nurse! (1918)

Old Hollywood Films – Harold Lloyd in Safety Last (1923)