Friday, June 23, 2017
"A torch," Fritz opined, "is a treasure.
To scorch a behind is sheer pleasure.
Searing rears till they smart
Is so dear to my heart,
To torture is my kind of leisure."
Hunchback Fritz enjoys making the Monster's new life miserable: Dwight Frye and Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931). Don't play with matches on Dwight Frye-days.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Connie Bailey is ought but carefree
This young frail ties the knot with all three
One wed to this troupe'll
Buy bed that's quadruple
What's entailed is too naughty to see.
Thelma Todd and Harpo Marx in Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932). In the final scene, Todd's "college widow" Connie Bailey marries Harpo's dogcatcher, Chico's "iceman", and Groucho's school president! Title by Donald B. Benson, prone to excess.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Strict morals deride and pooh-pooh
When foursomes are tied with "I do"
The honeymoon suite
Groom one will complete
Any more wait outside in a queue.
Chico and Groucho Marx fight over Thelma Todd in Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932). At the end of the film, these two and Harpo all marry her!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Most beware 'em, those censors who cense.
But she'll dare 'em to offer offense
When chic as a sheik,
To pique them she'll seek
Her own harem to make love intense.
Donald B. Benson
"College widow" Connie Bailey (Thelma Todd) weds the three Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers.
Monday, June 19, 2017
This union's not under a cloud
Three goons hitched to one is allowed
Though more than mere bigamy
(This foursome's polygamy)
Communing is fun, not a crowd!
Thelma Todd weds Chico, Groucho, Harpo at the end of Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932). Title by Marxist Donald B. Benson.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
When Popeye by Bluto's oppressed
And must top the big brute's brutal best
He breaks out a can
Of what makes him a man
And bops the galoot with fresh zest.
Popeye and Bluto battle in A Dream Walking (Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel; 1934) It's Cartoon Sunday at LimerWrecks. Limerick assist by David Cairns; title by edgy Donald B. Benson.
Friday, June 16, 2017
His performance, delightfully zany
He's abnormal, uptight and not brainy
Unrefined and deformed,
With a mind unreformed
He likes storms, and flies kites when it's rainy.
Fritz (Dwight Frye) eyes the cemetery in Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931). Things are always nutty on Dwight Frye-Days.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Bro Chico pokes keys with a finger
And Groucho is free with a zinger
The third is a freak
No word will he speak
He's Harpo, a flea-ridden swinger.
Harpo, Chico, and Groucho Marx, at the bar in a speakeasy in Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932). Harpo plays a dog-catcher, hence the fleas. Title by zoned out Donald B. Benson.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The iceman, he cometh too much
In a trice, the big dummy will clutch
Each oddball delivery
Makes Thelma all shivery
It's not nice when those bums try to touch.
Thelma Todd, Chico and Groucho Marx in Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932). Baravelli (Chico) is an "iceman" who delivers ice and bootleg liquor from a local speakeasy. Connie Bailey (Todd) is referred to as a "college widow", a single woman living in a college town who enjoys the attention of the young men from the local school. Horse Feathers was in part a spoof of a 1927 film called The College Widow.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Like a tank, here's the stately Dumont
She's your swanky and straight-laced great aunt
She cannot be goaded
But man, is she loaded
It's her bank account dates really want.
Margaret Dumont (October 20, 1882 – March 6, 1965), here with Groucho Marx in Duck Soup (Leo McCarey; 1933).
Monday, June 12, 2017
The core of a college is sport
So ignore study hall and cavort
When fellas want more
With Thelma they'll score
"No sorority gal," their report.
"Campus widow" Thelma Todd wrestles with Chico and Groucho in Horsefeathers (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932).
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
His character's lousy, he's goony
So hairy, his brow's almost uni
He's craven and dense
Needs a shave and some sense
He scares all the fraus -- he's no Clooney.
Dwight Frye as Karl, henchman to Doctor Pretorius in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale;1935).