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De grote lachparade (1964)

The Big Parade of Comedy (original title)
A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »


Robert Youngson


Robert Youngson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Greta Garbo ... Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
The Marx Brothers ... Actors in 'Go West' (archive footage)
Jean Harlow ... Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
Cary Grant ... Actor in 'Suzy' (archive footage)
Spencer Tracy ... Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
Katharine Hepburn ... Tracy Lord (archive footage)
W.C. Fields ... Wilkins Micawber in 'David Copperfield' (archive footage)
Stan Laurel ... Stan in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
William Powell ... Nick Charles (archive footage)
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles (archive footage)
Lucille Ball ... Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
Red Skelton ... Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage)
Robert Taylor ... Raymond Dabney in 'Personal Property' (archive footage)


A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at Eight" and "Bonnie Scotland." Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Laughs of a lifetime...with 50 fabulous stars! See more »


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5 August 1965 (Netherlands) See more »

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Made it's New York television debut on Sunday, 10 August 1969 on WNBC channel 4. See more »


Narrator: By the 20s, the silent motion picture had reached its golden age. Hollywood had become the world center of glamour. Stars like John Gilbert arriving in style at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio gate, were among the most famous people on earth. Beyond the gates, an amazing and self-contained factory of the arts, capable of turning our 50 feature films a year in this era of Coolidge and prosperity.
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The opening Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo has an "OUT TO LUNCH" sign in front of the circle hiding the lion's head as he roars. The sign then flips up to reveal an animated man trapped inside the lion. The man's hands and feet beat and kick the lion as the man yells "Ow! Ow! Get me outta here!" See more »


References Freaks (1932) See more »


Bob Benchley
Music by Bernard Green
Lyrics by Robert Youngson
Performed by uncredited singers
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Funny people
4 November 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This uneven documentary by Robert Youngson, basically showcases MGM's comic talented stars in films produced at the studio. Some performers fare better than others, as we keep hoping for more. One can guess because the limitations of the format, it could only include just so much when there were so many stars from where to choose from.

There is a wonderful sequence of Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel with Lupe Velez. The comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are seen in scenes from "Rio Rita". The Marx Brothers classic "Going West" train routine is shown. Best of all, in our humble opinion, Greta Garbo laughing and having a good time in "Ninotchka" and "Two Faced Woman". The wonderful Dave O'Brien is also showcased doing his Pete Smith character.

William Powell, Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, and the others in the film are seen at some of the funniest moments of their MGM's heyday.

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