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Slapstick

A type of physical comedy characterized by broad humour, absurd situations, and vigorous, usually violent action. The slapstick comic, more than a mere funnyman or buffoon, must often be an acrobat, a stunt performer, and something of a magician and master of uninhibited action and perfect timing. Pictured: Buster Keaton

Arbuckle and Keaton (1917)

Director: Roscoe Arbuckle
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton

Virtually unseen by contemporary audiences until now, these two reel shorts offer a priceless view of the slapstick antics of two influential legends.... Read more

Buster Keaton: 3 Hours of Shorts (1923)

8.9/10
Director: Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Starring: Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton's acting trademark was physical comedy with a stoic, deadpan expression on his face, earning him the nickname "The Great Stoneface". His... Read more

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act To Follow (1987)

8.9/10
Director: David Gill, Kevin Brownlow

He was one of the first and greatest comedic talents in film history. Now the full story of Buster Keaton?s rise, fall and rediscovery is told in this... Read more

Laurel & Hardy: L&H and the Law (1930)

4.7/10
Starring: Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel

A collection of classic shorts, with Stan and Ollie finding themselves - mostly - on the wrong side of the law. Episodes include: SCRAM! - restored... Read more

Monkey Business (1931)

7.6/10
Director: Norman Z McLeod
Starring: Ruth Hall, The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, Rockcliffe Fellowes

While hiding from the authorities on a luxury liner, a quartet of stowaways become bodyguards of rival gangsters, with the usual hilarious results. An... Read more

Swing Parade ( aka Swing Parade of 1946 ) (1946)

5.3/10
Director: Phil Karlson
Starring: Gale Storm, The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges at their bumbling, eyepoking, hair-pulling best! This time around "The Boys" must protect talented nightclub owner Danny Warren (Phi... Read more

The Cocoanuts (1929)

7.2/10
Director: Joseph Stanley, Robert Florey
Starring: Kay Francis, Margaret Dumont, Oscar Shaw, The Marx Brothers, Mary Eaton

In the Marx Brothers' first feature film, Groucho portrays a hotel owner who tries to fleece everyone, from innocent bellboys and bellgirls to wealthy... Read more