Our current Colossal Comedy Sale presents some of your favorite farces at great prices. Let’s take a look at 10 of the (many) titles featured in the sale!
Breezy mix of comedy, drama, and romance stars Barbara Stanwyck as Lee Leander, a woman picked up in New York for shoplifting right before Christmas. No-nonsense D.A. John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) agrees to have fellow Hoosier Lee released in his custody so they can go home to Indiana for the holidays, and love blooms along the way. With Beulah Bondi, Willard Robertson; scripted by Preston Sturges.
Billy Wilder helmed and co-wrote this spry romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild, the shy daughter of the wealthy Larrabee family’s chauffeur. When a trip to Paris transforms Sabrina into a beautiful and elegant young woman, she catches the attention of both of the blueblood clan’s sons–workaholic Linus (Humphrey Bogart) and carefree playboy David (William Holden). Walter Hampden, John Williams also star.
Outrageous comedy from Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (“Back to the Future”) that depicts the cutthroat feud between rival used car dealerships owned by twin brothers. Kurt Russell and Gerrit Graham are the head salesmen, and Jack Warden is hilarious as the Fuchs brothers; with Michael McKean, David L. Lander, and Al Lewis (yeah!).
Based on the play by Mary Chase, this beloved comedy stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, a good-hearted inebriate whose constant companion is an invisible rabbit named Harvey who stands just over six feet tall. Josephine Hull won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance as Elwood’s sister, who becomes determined to have him put away. With Peggy Dow, Jesse White.
The only thing wastrel playboy Michael (George Brent), on-the-lam con artist Mario (George Raft), and hard-drinking rodeo cowboy Johnny (Randolph Scott) had in common was the same loving foster mom (Ann Harding)…and they’ll have to endure an awkward Yuletide reunion if they’re to save her from a conniving nephew after her estate. Episodic comedy/drama also stars Joan Blondell, Reginald Denny; a young Robert Altman co-scripted. AKA: “Sinner’s Holiday.”
Frank Capra’s final film is a hilarious translation of a Damon Runyon tale set in 1930s New York, as gangster Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford) repays street peddler Apple Annie (Bette Davis) for her “good luck” apples by passing her off as a well-to-do society lady for her visiting daughter (Ann-Margret, in her film debut). Remake of Capra’s 1933 “Lady for a Day” co-stars Peter Falk, Hope Lange, Arthur O’Connell.
Engaging comedy classic stars Cary Grant as widowed government attorney Tom Winters, who lives aboard a houseboat with his three unruly children. After hiring an Italian socialite (Sophia Loren) to look after his kids, Tom quickly becomes enchanted with the mysterious beauty. As the pair strikes up a relationship, the lonely widower comes to realize that his streak of bad luck may have finally come to an end. With Martha Hyer, Harry Guardino.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Considered by many to be his best film, writer/director/star Jerry Lewis’ slapstick spin on the Jekyll/Hyde story finds him, as nerdy college professor Julius Kelp, inventing a mysterious potion that turns him into hip, conceited stud Buddy Love (whose persona, some say, was based on Dean Martin). Stella Stevens plays his love interest, Miss Purdy. With Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman.
Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) finds that his worst nightmare has become a reality when he joins his producer (Andie MacDowell) and his cameraman (Chris Elliott) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony. Seems that the cynical Phil keeps waking up to the same day, over and over, and he has to find romance and happiness in order to escape this comic time-warp. Directed and co-scripted by Harold Ramis.
A spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) fleeing her dad’s tough-love efforts to have her impulsive marriage annulled. An intemperate reporter (Clark Gable) looking for a career-salvaging scoop. A misadventurous road trip that takes them up the East Coast and into each other’s arms propels Frank Capra’s seminal screwball charmer that became a sleeper hit and netted the five major Academy Awards. Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Alan Hale also star.
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