NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK
1941, Universal, 71 min, Dir: Edward F. Cline

W.C. Fields hopes to sell a script to Esoteric Studios. Which includes Fields falling out of an airplane trying to retrieve a bottle and finding himself in the home of Mrs. Hemogloben (Margaret Dumont) and a teenage girl (Gloria Jean) who immediately falls in love with him. Also features Leon Errol and Franklin Pangborn.


CRAZY HOUSE
1943, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline

Vaudeville comedy team Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson want to make a movie; when Universal won’t have them, they try to make it themselves with aspiring producer Patric Knowles. The result is a series of rapid-fire gags a la the duo’s earlier HELLZAPOPPIN’ interspersed with musical numbers and hilarious cameos from seemingly everyone on the Universal lot.


THREE AGES
1923, Cohen Media, 63 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Buster parodies D.W. Griffith’s INTOLERANCE with this trio of stories set in various time periods: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire and 1923. In all three epochs, Buster tries to win the same girl away from his rival, and the result is vintage Keaton hilarity, aided by co-star Wallace Beery.


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