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SEND ME INTO HYSTERICS - My Favorite Comedy Movies

  • Jul 26, 2010
I have a good sense of humor, and when I'm around people or chatting on the web with friends, I am easy to entertain. I am however, MUCH harder to please when it comes to sitting for over an hour and watching a movie that's supposed to make me laugh. We all have different tastes in movies, and what's funny to you may be boring to me and vice-versa. Here is a list of my favorite funny movies - you'll notice that most of these are older films; it seems it's way too hard for me to find a good comedy these days. I seem to be drawn to movies that have an innocent-idiotic-bumbling fools type of humor which is rare to find. Yes, I like movies that have bad language too, but they don't leave an impression on me as ones that have fabulous writing and actors that do not depend on cussing to make it funny to begin with.
The Pink Panther
I love Peter Sellers, and his portrayal of Inspector Jacques Clouseau along with the classy yet funny David Niven as Sir Charles Lytton, is a delight for me to watch. The remake with Steve Martin does not even come close to the original Peter Seller's films - sorry Martin, you're good, but no one can replace the great Sellers!  The Pink Panther, (which is actually the name of the diamond that is trying to be recovered) is a movie not to be missed if you like watching an idiotic bumbling Inspector with a humorous accent try to solve a case. Good fun!!

The movie was actually to be the start of a David Niven show, but Sellers was so popular as Clousau, they continued making films with him based on that character.

There were sequels to this movie, including the Return Of The Pink Panther; the ones that have Peter Sellers in it are the absolute best.  Here are some scenes from The Pink Panther collection that pay tribute to the great Sellers.

Sellers was a master at comedy; no one can come close to his brand of acting and humor!
Murder by Death
Another movie with an all-star cast that was full of pure clean fun. You can't go wrong with a film that stars Peter Faulk, David Nivens, Trumon Capote, and the great Peter Sellers, just to name a few. Here is a re-cap of what the film is about:

A group of detectives, each accompanied by a relative or associate, is invited to "dinner and a murder" by the mysterious Lionel Twain (Capote). Having lured his guests to his mansion (the address of which is shown early on as "22 Lola Lane" and spoken later as "Two-Two Twain") managed by a blind butler and a deaf-mute cook, Twain announces that it is in fact he who is the greatest detective in the world. In order to prove his claim, he challenges the guests to solve a murder which will take place in the house at midnight that very night; a reward of $1 million will be presented to the winner.

Before midnight, the butler is found dead, and at midnight Twain himself appears, also dead; the cook is discovered to have been an animated mannequin, now packed in a storage crate.

The party spends the rest of the evening investigating, dining and bickering. They are manipulated by a mysterious behind-the-scenes force, confused by red herrings, baffled by the "mechanical marvel" that is Twain's house and ultimately find their own lives threatened. The ending piles on twist after twist as each sleuth presents his or her theory on the case.

After a brutal night during which one pair is almost killed by a snake, another by a scorpion, another by a falling ceiling, a fourth by poison gas and the fifth by a bomb, they all collect in the office where the butler—believed to have been murdered earlier—is sitting behind the desk very much alive and not at all blind: "The butler did it".
This movie is filled with comedic twists and turns, and the scenes with the blind butler and deaf cook are priceless. 

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
This movie premiered in 1963; I remember watching it as a child with my mom; I thought it was funny then, and I still find it hysterical.  With an all-star cast of every who's who on the Hollywood comedy scene, this movie was wonderfully comical; no cussing, no dirty scenes, just pure delight that only movies from back in day could deliver.

A bunch of idiots are scrambling to find money that has been hidden and they will stop at nothing to get to it; simple plot, loads of fun. If you have not been fortunate enough to see this one, here is a more detailed re-cap:

With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his beatnik brother-in-law (Dick Shawn); a pair of comedy writers (Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit (Jonathan Winters), a wheeler-dealer (Phil Silvers), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers (Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson).

Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective (Spencer Tracy). Virtually every lead, supporting, and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor: the laughspinning lineup also includes Carl ReinerTerry-ThomasArnold StangBuster Keaton,Jack BennyJerry Lewis, and The Three Stooges, who get one of the picture's biggest laughs by standing stock still and uttering not a word. 

This is one not to be missed, and it's even children-friendly - how rare is that?
Starring Nathan Lane and Lee Evans, this is another simple plot with funny action. The two greedy brothers inherit an old house from their father, but the 2 get into big trouble when a mouse ruins their plans for fixing the old house up. It gets a little more serious toward the end, but a huge lesson is learned and it makes for wonderful entertainment.

The Money Pit
Tom Hanks and Shelley Long star in this movie that has hysterical scenes where Hanks is trying to fix up a huge house. There were some serious parts in this as well, but the fix-it-up scenes are worth viewing and make for a good comical film. Hanks out-did himself in this one!

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Mel Brooks' films are undoubtedly some of the funniest out there and this was no exception.  Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein wanting to build a man out of dead body parts, but it doesn't go as planned because the brain he uses is abnormal. An all-star cast makes this one delightful with witty one-liners and puns.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special
I loved Vacation, but Christmas Vacation was a tremendous hoot for me.  Chevy Chase is again trying his best to please his family by having a real old-tyme Christmas, but nothing ever goes his way and when the extended family comes to stay with Griswald's for Christmas, hilarious things happen one right after another. I loved the cast in this one; more comedians than in the original Vacation.
The Odd Couple
This was the movie that started the series - Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in this comedy about 2 divorced men who are polar opposites trying to live in the same apartment without killing each other. Matthau is a sports writer who is a perfect slob, and Lemmon is a photographer who is the ultimate neat freak. These 2 make the perfect combination and they both played their roles brilliantly.
Rush Hour
I can't help it - I love Chris Tucker! He doesn't even have to speak and I giggle. Tucker (an inept cop) joins forces with Jackie Chan to solve a crime. The personalities of the 2 stars go well together, and Tucker is hysterical. The sequels were not as good to me, mostly because the first Rush Hour has Chan and Tucker meeting for the first time and trying to get used to each other's quirky ways.
Meet the Parents (2000)
Ben Stiller (Gaylord Focker, poor thing) is going to his girlfriend's house to meet her family for her sister's wedding. The father (Robert De Niro) is unfortunately convinced no one is good enough for his baby and intimidates Stiller to the point that he can't do anything right. I loved De Niro's performance in this one; his facial expressions are priceless. Owen Wilson played a good supporting role in this too as the ex-boyfriend.
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Robert Hays, the great Leslie Nielson and Lloyd bridges are just a few of the stars in this goofy movie that is loaded with hysterical one-liners. You can't help but giggle at the nonsense this movie offers!
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey - a good combination of morons in this hysterical movie. I am not a Carrey fan, but this one did crack me up.

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July 29, 2010
I have 2 lists ofr comedies--not counting horror comedies. I love the stuff the Zucker Brothers did with and without Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft. Even BRAIN DONORS which was a take off on the Marx Brothers' A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, only they moved it to the ballet instead. And TOP SECRET! just breaks me up--Val Kilmer was hilarious. It's hard to believe he was ever that young. My fave Clouseau flick was the second one--A SHOT IN THE DARK.
July 28, 2010
Excellent list, some of these I have not seen in years. Also glad to see that someone else thinks Christmas Vacation is a great movie.
July 29, 2010
Oh yeah...Christmas Vacation -- no matter how many times I see it, I still crack up! Thank you for reading....
July 28, 2010
Whoa, phenomenal list! I'm a huge fan of comedy movies, but have yet to catch about half of the ones on this list, so I've got to get to it! Thanks for sharing :)
July 29, 2010
If you have not seen the first 2, please see them----hysterical!!!
July 27, 2010
OMG! each section of this list is like a review by itself! Rhodes has some competition in making lists now....LOL!
July 27, 2010
This was a fun one to make; I would have added more videos but my computer kept crashing! LOL
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