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What 1940's male comedian starred in short films shown on early 1960's TV (not The 3 Stooges?)

 
 
J5
 
Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:28 pm
I recall catching comedy short films (much like the 3 stooges) on early Sunday mornings back in the early 60's and for the life of me can't recall the comedians name? His clips ran about 20 minutes and were of a slapstick nature? One clip featured him trying to impress his girl friend's dad (both of whom were health nuts) by wearing ballons under his clothing to give an impression of being in shape? Too funny as they burst one by one exposing his charade....does anyone know who this guy was? Thanks!
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:36 pm
@J5,
Could it be Don Beddoe?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:39 pm
It might have been Buster Keaton . . .

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_P92UVn_TABg/RvtANZyqoeI/AAAAAAAAAd4/m05BWGRS40g/s400/buster-keaton.jpg . . . http://grinningskull.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/WindowsLiveWriter/HatintheBusterKeatonstyle_9637/Buster%20Keaton.jpg

. . . or Harold Lloyd . . .

http://www.anl.gov/ARTS/lloyd.gif . . . http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/252/PreviewComp/SuperStock_252-291.jpg

(Those glasses were the major part of Lloyd's "trademark" appearance.)

I don't know if Buster Keaton successfully made the transition to "talkies," but i do know that Harold Lloyd did. They flourished in the 1920s and -30s. As for the 1940s, nobody leaps to mind . . .
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:41 pm
@Setanta,
Keaton was in the film version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:47 pm
@J5,
My first thought was Soupy Sales.
Keaton died in the 60's and I don't remember a TV show at that time with him.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:52 pm
I think this member was referring to the habit that television stations had of showing 1930s and -40s film shorts on their children's shows, and not to a contemporary television show.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 04:53 pm
Perhaps Eddy Bracken?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 05:39 pm
I waas gonna say Eddy Braken or even Robert Benchley. Benchley always starred in ridiculous "how to" lips and shorts or his own works like my favorite Benchley thing "The Treasurer's Report" .
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 07:32 pm
@J5,
Are you sure it was from the 1940s? Most studios had abandoned live-action comedy shorts (a staple of every studio in the 1920s and early '30s) in favor of animated cartoons. About the only comedians left doing comedy shorts by the late 1930s and 1940s, apart from the Three Stooges and Our Gang, were Charley Chase, Edgar Kennedy, and George O'Hanlon in the "Joe McDoakes" shorts. They all played husband-types rather than boyfriends, so your scenario isn't a likely vehicle for any of them (Chase would have played that role in the '20s, probably not in the '40s).

Here's Charly Chase in what is probably the second reel of a 1927 two-reel comedy called "The Way of All Pants." Premise: a wife buys a new pair of pants as a present for her husband. Chase, the sales clerk, models the pants for the wife and delivers them to her home.

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tweedye
 
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Reply Fri 11 Mar, 2011 01:16 pm
The guy I remember was named Andy. He was balding, wore wire rim glasses, and had a bushy mustache. He played both married and unmarried men. I can remember many of the episodes but not his last name. Some of the episodes:

Andy's home is inundated with hobos because his wife got caught up in "Be Kind to Nomads Month."

Andy and a rival vie to be the first to deliver a white sidewall tire to the woman in their triangle in order to win her hand. Andy bought his tire; his rival stole his from the local lawman and gets caught. Andy wins the girl.

Andy goes camping in a hunting area and wonders about the "bees" buzzing around until he swings his cast iron skillet at them and intercepts a live round.

Andy is lonely and marries a woman who advertizes her availability in egg cartons. She turns out to be a shrew with an existing, very annoying child.

And in response to another post, yes, Buster Keaton did make some talkie shorts in the early days. I saw them on TV along with Andy "X" and the Three Stooges.
Marjorian
 
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Reply Fri 16 Sep, 2011 05:52 pm
@tweedye,
His name was Andy Clyde and he had worked with Mack Sennett in 1920s silents and 1930s talkies before moving to Columbia where he made countless shorts in the 1940s. The glasses and paintbrush moustache were his trademark "Pop Martin" persona.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 16 Sep, 2011 08:25 pm
Andy Clyde sounds very good. He also played a role on The Real McCoys.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2011 02:14 am
@J5,
I have no idea about morning TV,
but might u be thinking of Red Skelton ?
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