NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK
1941, Universal, 71 min, Dir: Edward F. Cline

W.C. Fields hopes to sell a script to Esoteric Studios. Which includes Fields falling out of an airplane trying to retrieve a bottle and finding himself in the home of Mrs. Hemogloben (Margaret Dumont) and a teenage girl (Gloria Jean) who immediately falls in love with him. Also features Leon Errol and Franklin Pangborn.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
1925, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Rupert Julian

Perhaps the most faithful adaptation of the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel, this landmark of silent horror stars Lon Chaney in the title role (and in his most shocking makeup). As the masked Erik, he haunts the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with chorus girl Christine (Mary Philbin), using increasingly ruthless measures to make her a star and his lover. Among the film’s many iconic set pieces is a masquerade ball sequence shot in 2-color Technicolor.


CRAZY HOUSE
1943, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline

Vaudeville comedy team Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson want to make a movie; when Universal won’t have them, they try to make it themselves with aspiring producer Patric Knowles. The result is a series of rapid-fire gags a la the duo’s earlier HELLZAPOPPIN’ interspersed with musical numbers and hilarious cameos from seemingly everyone on the Universal lot.


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