Wednesday, May 02, 2007

"Dinner at eight or tea for two, by me it's always waffles!"

Typical of Clark and McCullough's RKO shorts, In a Pig's Eye (1934) is a game of Mad Libs edited into a situation comedy. Pig and waffle-loving tailors Crotch and Blodgett steal a Scotchman's clothes and are mistaken by an inventor (Bud Jamison) for his Scottish financier, "the Laird of Loch Loo", and his "confidential advisor". At the inventor's home, Crotch and Blodgett's pet pig Ajax, which lives on a diet of milk and peppermint wafers, is accidentally, and rather inevitably, fed one of the inventor's highly explosive "Destructo" wafers. Oh no! Severe bizarreness ensues. Spoiler: the short ends with the pig playing the bagpipes. Love them or hate them, one thing is certain; during the 1930s, no one made weirder comedies than Clark and McCullough. Favorite moment: Ajax, through the miracle of motion picture editing, inexplicably running around and around a doorway, squealing bloody murder. Everyone panics and flees at the sight and I, for one, can't blame them. Second most favorite moment: Monty Collins reading Popeye in the newspaper: "Hee hee hee hee!! "Arf arf arf!""

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Blogger rob said...

That was totally bizarre, but really enjoyable and a lot of fun. Thanks for posting it.

3:28 PM  

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