Hmmm... I think I’ll have to split this up into two lists - talkies and silents.
1. Teachers Pet - A classic.
2. Dogs is Dogs - Both heartwarming and funny.
3. The Pooch - Ditto.
4. Love Business - Very funny follow-up to “Teacher’s Pet” (I like “School’s Out” too, but this I laugh at more)
5. Free Wheeling - Such a charming short, even if the rear projection used during the climax is corny.
6. Divot Diggers - Bob McGowan returns to let the kids loose on a golf course. Comedy gold.
7. The First Seven Years - Maybe the best from the first season of talkies. It really feels like an every day kid’s backyard adventure.
8. Fishy Tales - Funny late-Roach short, with some fun interactions between Alfalfa and Spanky. Also love Tommy Bond’s performance when Butch actually believes Spanky’s sob story.
9. Fish Hooky - A collision between two Rascal generations, plus great footage of a ‘30s amusement park.
10. Glove Taps - Similar to “Fishy Tales,” with plenty of great little moments from the cast.
I’ll add “Little Daddy” as an underrated runner-up... and what the heck, I’ll throw in a couple of MGMs - “Duel Personalities” and “Going to Press” (Froggy: Hey, Officer, he’s taking me for a ride!” Officer: Good! That’s nice of him!”)
Now onto the silents.
1. The Champeen! - Great place to start off if you’re new to the silents. Aside from Joe Cobb, who only gets a brief cameo, you get to know the original cast pretty well here.
2. The Mysterious Mystery! - Underrated short with a fun climax.
3. The Fourth Alarm! - I prefer this over its remake, “Hook and Ladder” (though that one is good too). Very funny, energetic short.
4. Derby Day - Amusing throughout, with a great punchline.
5. Telling Whoppers - Another underrated short with Farina and Joe at their best. The climax, which is similar to the one in “Free Wheeling,” looks way more realistic here.
6. Thundering Fleas - Hilarious short, and a fun little “who’s who?” for Hal Roach fans.
7. Cat, Dog & Co. - I used to overlook this one. It’s quite amusing.
8. Young Sherlocks - Great showcase for Sunshine Sammy.
9. Dogs of War! - Another great introduction to the silents.
10. July Days - One of Mickey Daniels’ best.
Runner-ups? Oh, gosh... “Love My Dog” is a sweet Farina film. “Spook-Spoofing” had the potential of being funny if not for the Farina abuse(!)... “Saturday’s Lesson” is quite good. “Shootin’ Injuns” (despite it’s un-PC title) and “Mary, Queen of Tots” have great special effects in them.
Shall we do Bottom Ten next? 😂
Last Edit: Jun 2, 2019 13:16:24 GMT -5 by mtw12055