Monday, May 21, 2007

The Goat from Nowhere!

Here's your weekly dose of Clark and McCullough weirdness; Hey Nanny Nanny, released January 12th, 1934. Ben Holmes had just taken over the director's chair with the previous C&McC short, Snug In the Jug (11/2/33), while Mark Sandrich, who had handled Clark and McCullough from the beginning at RKO, had been moved on to features. He'd soon direct Wheeler and Woolsey's two greatest pictures, Hips, Hips, Hooray and Cockeyed Cavaliers (both 1934). He also directed something called The Gay Divorcee and another something called Top Hat. At least visually, Mark Sandrich's promotion marked a decided step down in the quality of the Clark and McCullough series. From the looks of things there may have been budget cuts, but Holmes' rather rote directing doesn't help. Nonetheless, there were still some real gems to come along with what is considered to be Bobby and Paul's finest moment in film, Odor In the Court (1934). Hey Nanny Nanny is a by-the-book C&McC outing featuring all the requisite elements: Bobby and Paul brazenly posing as something they most certainly are not, in this case masseurs and/or magicians, a High Society Party, and a goat.


Part one

Part two

Part three

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