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Robert Benchley : and the knights of the Algonquin

Author: Leslie RoushRaymond RohauerAdolph ZukorJesse L LaskyThomas ChalmersAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino International Corporation, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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American humorist and satirist Robert Benchley began as a writer, but when Hollywood came calling, he adapted some of his most amusing pieces for film. In these wry filmic explorations of the headaches of everyday married life, and of the common man overmatched by seemingly mundane tasks, Benchley is often spoofing himself and the sophisticated, witty literati who made up the legendary Algonquin round table. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs
Comedy films
Drama
Short films
Comedy
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Roush; Raymond Rohauer; Adolph Zukor; Jesse L Lasky; Thomas Chalmers; Lynn Shores; Fred Fleck; Bret Wood; William Steiner; Robert Benchley; Alexander Woollcott; Leo G Carroll; Marion Martin; Donald Ogden Stewart; Paramount Pictures, Inc.; Fox Movietone (Firm); Kino International Corporation.
OCLC Number: 65337971
Credits: The trouble with husbands, The forgotten man, Nothing but nerves, Waiting for baby, The man's angle, Keeping in shape, The witness : photographed by William Steiner ; Crime control, How to take a vacation: photographed by William Steiner ; editor, Robert Blauvelt.
Cast: Robert Benchley (The trouble with husbands, The forgotten man, Crime control, How to take a vacation, Nothing but nerves, Waiting for baby, The man's angle, Keeping in shape, The witness, The treasurer's report, The sex life of the polyp) ; Mr. W's little game: Alexander Woollcott, Leo G. Carroll, Marion Martin ; Traffic regulations, Humorous flights: Donald Ogden Stewart.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; full screen presentation, aspect ratio 1.33:1.
Contents: The trouble with husbands / a Paramount picture ; directed by Leslie Roush ; (1940) (10 min.) --
The forgotten man / a Paramount picture ; produced and directed by Leslie Roush (1941) (11min.) --
Crime control / a Paramount picture ; produced and directed by Leslie Roush (1941) (10 min.) --
How to take a vacation / a Paramount picture ; produced and directed by Leslie Roush (1941) (10 min.) --
Nothing but nerves / a Paramount picture ; directed by Leslie Roush (1941) (10 min.) --
Waiting for baby / a Paramount picture ; produced and directed by Leslie Roush (1941) (10 min.) --
The man's angle / a Paramount picture ; produced and directed by Leslie Roush (1942) (9 min.) --
Keeping in shape / a Paramount picture ; directed by Leslie Roush (1942) (8 min.) --
The witness / a Paramount picture ; directed by Leslie Roush (1942) (9 min.) --
The treasurer's report / Raymond Rohauer presents ; directed by Thomas Chalmers (1928) (9 min.) --
The sex life of the polyp / Fox Movietone Entertainments (1928) (11 min.) --
Mr. W's little game / a Paramount picture ; directed by Lynn Shores (1934) (10 min.) --
Traffic regulations / a Paramount picture ; Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky present (1929) (6 min.) --
Humorous flights / a Paramount picture ; Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky present ; directed by Fred Fleck (1929) (10 min.).
Other Titles: Knights of the Algonquin
Paramount comedy shorts 1928-1941
Responsibility: produced for video by Bret Wood.

Abstract:

American humorist and satirist Robert Benchley began as a writer, but when Hollywood came calling, he adapted some of his most amusing pieces for film. In these wry filmic explorations of the headaches of everyday married life, and of the common man overmatched by seemingly mundane tasks, Benchley is often spoofing himself and the sophisticated, witty literati who made up the legendary Algonquin round table. The collection features another member of that group, Alexander Woollcott, as a fussy nightclub patron, and Donald Ogden Stewart, playwright and screenwriter, as a serious lecturer on fantastical, farcical subjects. This collection pays homage to the spirit that animated the New York literary scene in the 1920s and '30s, as preserved by Hollywood for America's enjoyment.

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