Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The last week of slapstick

This month's TCM Spotlight, on slapstick comedy, concludes this week with movies of the 1970s on Tuesday and 1980s and more recent movies on Wednesday in prime time. Some people may be shocked to see Anchorman on tomorrow night's schedule, but if you're doing a general survey that looks at the history of a genre, including something from only 10 years ago isn't that ridiculous.

The other interesting thing is that tonight kicks off at 8:00 PM with Bananas. Now, I happen to enjoy the movie, but there are a couple of scenes that I'm surprised to see showing up on TCM that early in the evening. There's a whole scene where he's trying to buy a pornographic magazine, as well as the final scene of Howard Cosell doing play-by-play of a married couple's first night. TCM doesn't cut movies, but they do tend to leave more difficult stuff for later in the evening.

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