Best Comedy Movies of 1950

1.

Harvey

5.6
8.0/10

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.

Starring: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1950-10-13
2.

Rabbit of Seville

4.2
8.4/10

Behind the Hollywood Bowl stage which is playing the opera, The Barber of Seville, Bugs Bunny flees into the backstage area with Elmer Fudd in close pursuit. Seeing his opportunity to fight on his terms, Bugs raises the curtain on Elmer, trapping him on stage. As the orchestra begins playing, Bugs comes into play as the barber who is going to make sure that Elmer is going to get a grooming he will never forget.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1950-12-16
3.

Annie Get Your Gun

3.9
7.0/10

This film adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic musical stars Betty Hutton as gunslinger Annie Oakley, who romances fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler (Howard Keel) as they travel with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Previously off target when it comes to love, Annie proves you can get a man with a gun in this battle-of-the-sexes extravaganza, which features timeless numbers like "Anything You Can Do" and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Starring: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish, Edward Arnold
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1950-05-17
4.

Born Yesterday

3.9
7.6/10

Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn.

Starring: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Howard St. John, Frank Otto
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1950-12-25
5.

8 Ball Bunny

3.9
7.7/10
8 Ball Bunny
Bugs helps a penguin go home via New Orleans, Martinique, the Panama Canal and finally the South Pole. But the penguin's home is in New Jersey.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Dave Barry
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1950-07-08
6.

What's Up Doc?

3.8
7.7/10
What's Up Doc?
The Disassociated Press wants Bugs Bunny's life story. Got a pencil? "First," says Bugs, "I was born." He quickly learns he is different from the other children: he's a "rabbit in a human world." He grows up to accept repetitive chorus boy jobs in such Broadway revues as "Girl of the Golden Vest," "Wearing of the Grin" and "Rosie's Cheeks." His career hits the skids and he's living on a park bench before he's discovered by that great vaudeville star, Elmer Fudd. Their dual comedy act is a hit, which leads to film roles. Will Bugs Bunny ever have to look back?
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1950-06-17
7.

Big House Bunny

3.8
7.6/10
Big House Bunny
Bugs Bunny escapes hunters by leaping into his rabbit hole and tunneling to safety. Unhappily he tunnels into the Sing Song prison where a sadistic prison guard named Sam Schultz refuses to accept that he's anything but one of the prisoners. Soon Bugs is in stripes, but it's the guard who will find prison life to be hell when Bugs Bunny is around to trick him into a cell, the hangman's noose, an electric chair and even into the warden's office, where Bugs will put a severe strain on the relationship between boss and underling. Finally, Sam decides that enough is enough.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1950-04-23
8.

The Happiest Days of Your Life

3.8
7.5/10
The Happiest Days of Your Life
Nutbourne College, an old established, all-boys, boarding school is told that another school is to be billeted with due to wartime restrictions. The shock is that it's an all-girls school that has been sent. The two head teachers are soon battling for the upper hand with each other and the Ministry. But a crisis (or two) forces them to work together.
Starring: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, Guy Middleton, Joyce Grenfell, Edward Rigby
Directed by: Frank Launder
Release date: 1950-01-01
9.

The Scarlet Pumpernickel

3.8
7.5/10
The Scarlet Pumpernickel
Daffy tries to sell movie studio head J.L. his script for a swashbuckler set in Merry Olde England, a plot involving a maiden in distress, a scheming Chamberlain, an evil Grand Duke and a dashing masked hero (to be played by Daffy, of course).
Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1950-01-01
10.

Father of the Bride

3.7
7.2/10

Proud father Stanley Banks remembers the day his daughter, Kay, got married. Starting when she announces her engagement through to the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters along the way.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1950-06-16
11.

Cheaper by the Dozen

3.6
7.1/10

"Cheaper by the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island, to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in large families.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1950-03-31
12.

Gerald McBoing-Boing

3.6
7.1/10
Gerald McBoing-Boing
The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.
Starring: Marvin Miller
Directed by: Robert Cannon
Release date: 1950-11-02
13.

Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion

3.5
6.8/10
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with the nasty Sheik Hamud El Khalid. Bits include Lou's mirage sightings, one a New York newsboy ("they gave me a bad corner").
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patricia Medina, Marc Lawrence, Walter Slezak
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1950-08-05
14.

Three Little Words

3.2
7.0/10

Song-and-dance man Bert Kalmar can't continue his stage career after an injury for while, so he has to earn his money as a lyricst. Per chance he meets composer Harry Ruby and their first song is a hit. Ruby gets Kalmar to marry is former partner Jessie Brown, and Kalmar and Jessie prevent Ruby from getting married to the wrong girls. But due to the fact, that Ruby has caused a backer's withdrawal for a Kalmar play, they end their relation.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1950-07-12
15.

Fancy Pants

3.2
6.7/10

An American actor impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter. The complications increase when the town believes the actor/butler to be an Ear and President Roosevelt decides to pay a visit.

Starring: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Lea Penman, Jack Kirkwood
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1950-07-19
16.

The Milkman

3.2
6.8/10
The Milkman
A dairy owner's son takes a job as milkman with a rival company. Director Charles T. Barton's 1950 comedy stars Donald O'Connor, Jimmy Durante, Piper Laurie, Henry O'Neill, Joyce Holden, William Conrad, Paul Harvey, Jess Barker, Elisabeth Risdon, Frank Nelson and Minerva Urecal.
Starring: Donald O'Connor, Jimmy Durante, Piper Laurie, Joyce Holden, William Conrad
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1950-10-17
17.

The Yellow Cab Man

3.1
6.5/10

Pirdy is accident prone. He has been denied insurance from every company in town because he is always getting hit or hurt in some way. On the day that he meets the lovely Ellen of the Yellow Cab Co., he also meets the crooked lawyer named Creavy. Pirdy is an inventor and when Creavy learns about elastic-glass, his new invention, he makes plans to steal the process. With the help of another con man named Doksteader, and the boys, he will steal this million dollar invention no matter who gets hurt.

Starring: Red Skelton, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Slezak, Edward Arnold, James Gleason
Directed by: Jack Donohue
Release date: 1950-04-07
18.

Champagne for Caesar

3.1
7.5/10
Champagne for Caesar
What happens when the man who knows everything goes on a quiz show that doubles your cash prize every time a you answer a question correctly? Beauregard Bottomly is that man & what happens is you end up with 40 million dollars at stake.
Starring: Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm, Vincent Price, Barbara Britton, Art Linkletter
Directed by: Richard Whorf
Release date: 1950-05-11
19.

Saturday Evening Puss

3.0
7.9/10
Saturday Evening Puss
Mammy's stepping out for the evening (to play cards, as it turns out). While she's way, the cats will play: in this case, Tom and three of his alley cat friends. Their music keeps Jerry awake, so he takes action. His first strike silences them only long enough for him to return to his hole. They lure him out by restarting the music, and the chase is on: four against one. Jerry holds out for a while, but is soon tied with the cord from the venetian blinds, and the cats resume. Jerry manages to crawl to the phone and call Mammy, who comes running and throws all four cats out. But Jerry's peace is short-lived: Mammy decides to salvage what's left of the evening by listening to some music.
Starring: William Hanna, Lillian Randolph
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1950-01-14
20.

Safety Second

3.0
7.7/10
Safety Second
It's Independence Day, and Jerry's little nephew, Nibbles, wants to celebrate with fireworks, while Jerry reminds him to "keep it safe and sane." Initially, this backfires against Jerry, as his attempts to dispose of the firecrackers Nibbles lights explode in his face, but ultimately, Nibbles saves Jerry from Tom with the usual cartoon uses of black powder.
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1950-07-01

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