Re: Movie Parodies

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Posted ByGerry O. on March 04, 2002 at 22:01:57:

In Reply to: Re: Movie Parodies posted bykurt on March 04, 2002 at 17:53:11:

: Parodies, or burlesques, of popular songs and plays were done in vaudeville days, and it's still a staple of comedy today.

: The Benny program was the only one on old-time radio that did the extended parodies. In early TV, "Your Show of Shows" did several sharply written movie parodies as part of its revue format.

: But the direct lineal descendant of the Benny movie parodies can be seen on "The Carol Burnett Show." The classic "Went With The Wind," for instance!

When I listen to those great movie parodies on the Benny radio show, I ALWAYS think of the similar movie send-ups on "The Carol Burnett Show".
Movie spoofs were a VERY important part of the Benny radio show, starting in the 1930's and continuing through the 1950's.
Jack also spoofed popular films on his TV show, and even in his later-day TV specials....Does anyone remember the HILARIOUS spoof of "The Graduate" with Jack in the Dustin Hoffman role of Benjamin, and Phyllis Diller as Mrs. Robinson? GREAT STUFF!!!!

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