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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

UK Humor (Humour) Fest at archive.org

Arthur Askey
Will Hay

Archive.org has started to list Arthur Askey and Will Hay films. Both are great and the kind of films that beg the question of "Why no US distribution?" It's not like there's a wealth of exclusively understood-only-by-the-British references. I will say that for once when I went to archive-org to look them up, (ex: Askey and ex: Hay)I was not presented with endless garbage occluding my search as is so often the case. So, yay.

Will Hay in Windbag the Sailor

Arthur Askey in Back Room Boy

Will Hay in Convict 99

Arthur Askey in Bees in Paradise

Arthur Askey in Ghost Train

I'd prattle on about their history and careers, but resources for that will hopefully be evident through the links provided. Instead just enjoy the comedy, IMHO underappreciated in their own country. We tend to rhapsodize about the Marx Brothers and W.C Fields, but Hay and Askey (along with Formby and others)were providing top notch comedy for the era that just never made it over here. Well, now, over here is the world.


Donna Lethal said...

Bees in Paradise!