Best Comedy Movies of 1929
At the conclusion of World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who was sent to the front.
Starring: Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, Cliff Edwards, Benny Rubin, Scott Kolk
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1929-08-24
While changing clothes in a getaway car, escaped convicts Stan and Ollie mistakenly put on each other's pants. They spend the rest of the film trying to exchange pants in various unlikely settings.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin, James Finlayson, Harry Bernard
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1929-01-26
Two families embark on a pleasant Sunday picnic but manage to run into a variety of issues with their temperamental automobile. Each incident requires repeated exits and reboardings by Laurel, Hardy, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Kay Deslys, Isabelle Keith
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1929-08-10
During the Florida land boom, the Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land and thwart a jewel robbery.
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Oscar Shaw
Directed by: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Release date: 1929-08-03
An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle, Leila Hyams, William Bechtel
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1929-03-24
The Love Parade
The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.
Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth, Eugene Pallette
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1929-11-19
The Hollywood Revue of 1929
An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.
Starring: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1929-11-23
Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancÃ©e Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who.
Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Marjorie White, El Brendel, Mary Forbes
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1929-12-25
Unaccustomed As We Are
Notable for being Laurel and Hardy's first sound film (hence the title, drawn from the popular clichÃ© "Unaccustomed as we are to public speaking ..."). The soundtrack was lost for fifty years until it was traced on disc in the late 1970s. This is the first film in which Hardy says to Laurel, "Why don't you do something to help me!" which immediately became a catch-phrase, repeated in numerous subsequent films. Also heard for the first time is Stan's distinctive, high-pitched whimper of distress. The plot of "Unaccustomed As We Are" was expanded into a full-length feature, Block-Heads, in 1938.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Mae Busch, Thelma Todd
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster, Hal Roach
Release date: 1929-05-04
Stan and Ollie wreak havoc at an upper class hotel in their jobs as footman (Hardy) and doorman (Laurel). They partially undress blonde bombshell Jean Harlow (in a brief appearance) and repeatedly escort a stuffy nobleman into an empty elevator shaft.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Harlow, Ed Brandenburg, William Gillespie
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1929-05-18
Fay Wray plays a beautiful showgirl who falls for a rich Park Avenue guy played by Phillips Holmes. William Powell is a producer in love with Miss Wray, but he won't use his influences to take any advantages.... as usual, he's a perfect gentleman. Pointed Heels was supposed to have been a vehicle for "boop-boop-a-doop" girl Helen Kane, but by the time the film was released, Kane's role was reduced to a supporting part.
Starring: William Powell, Helen Kane, Fay Wray, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Phillips Holmes
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1929-12-20
Laurel and Hardy are debt collectors trying to repossess a console radio.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jean Harlow, Harry Bernard
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1929-10-19
That's My Wife
Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit, Stanley is pressed into duty (and into drag) to impersonate Oliver's loving spouse.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Christy, Charlie Hall, Sam Lufkin
Directed by: Lloyd French
Release date: 1929-03-23
The Taming of the Shrew
Adapted from Shakespeare's play: Baptista Minola, a wealthy resident of Padua, is the father of Katherine and Bianca. The younger daughter, Bianca, is charming and has many suitors. But her father will not allow Bianca to be married until her older sister, who is notoriously quarrelsome and bad-tempered, is married first. When Petruchio comes from Verona to Padua in search of a wife, he hears of this situation, and he accepts the challenge of trying to woo and marry the ill-natured Katherine.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Edwin Maxwell, Joseph Cawthorn, Clyde Cook
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1929-10-26
Seven Footprints to Satan
A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancÃ©e asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan.
Starring: Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, Sheldon Lewis, William V. Mong, SÃ´jin
Directed by: Benjamin Christensen
Release date: 1929-01-27
The Wild Party
A comely collegian (Clara Bow) falls for an anthropology professor (Fredric March).
Starring: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day, Shirley O'Hara, Joyce Compton
Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1929-04-06
My Bag o' Tricks
A vaudeville act. Trixie Friganza performs first a story and then a song. For the story, she wears a wide-brimmed had and a matching diaphanous shawl. She tells of a visit to a friend who has a five-year old son. The mother tells Trixie a tale of stepping out on her husband, and to conceal the story from the boy, spells out key words. By the story's end, mom is in for a surprise and Trixie has a moral for us. Then, the hat and shawl come off, a base fiddle comes out, and Trixie sings us a comic song about her first two husbands.
Starring: Trixie Friganza
Directed by: Murray Roth
Release date: 1929-01-15
Our Modern Maidens
Young vivacious Billie uses her charms on influential businessman Glenn Abbott in hopes of getting her secret fiancÃ©e Gil a diplomatic appointment. Meanwhile Gil's affections meander to beautiful ingenue Kentucky, Billie's best friend. After securing Gil's appointment, Abbott is crushed to learn of Billie's impending marriage. What Billie didn't count on was Gil getting Kentucky pregnant. This throws her wedding day into scandal and creates turmoil in the lives of the youthful quartet.
Starring: Joan Crawford, Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Anita Page, Edward Nugent
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1929-09-08
A gentle botany student has to toughen up to replace his father as chief of police.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Barbara Kent, Noah Young, Charles Middleton, Will Walling
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1929-10-12
The Opry House
Mickey runs a small theatre. The orchestra plays, rather badly, excerpts from Carmen. Mickey appears as a snake charmer, but the snake is revealed to be a cat with a snake's head painted on its tail. Mickey does a belly dance, to the audience's delight. Mickey then plays the piano, but the piano and stool, apparently annoyed at the violence and complexity of the piece, kick him off stage.
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1929-03-19