Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2 minutes and 23 seconds of Pat and Patachon

Busy day, busy day! Here's some Pat and Patachon for you. It took me awhile to find a clip that a) established their personalities and general appeal and b) doesn't require you to speak German to understand the action, but I finally did. This little sequence is taken from the 1968-9 German TV repackaging of their 1924 Danish feature Lille Lise Letpaataa (The Little Dancer).

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Blogger Harry Heuser said...

Gosh, I haven't heard those names mentioned in ages (and had quite forgotten about the pair). German television used to present a lot of silent comedy when I was a child. Väter der Klamotte was one of those anthology programs.

The voice, too, is familiar (Hanns Dieter Hüsch); and, as scandalous as German dubbing can be, I find it the narration charming. It underscores, rather than interprets. It is not unlike a piano in that respect. Still, by referring to the old woman in the above clip as "Witwe Bolte," the adventures of Pat and Patachon are linked to the mischievous Max and Moritz and the German tradition of cartoon storytelling.

I am just working myself through a 21-DVD set of Dick und Doof (as I used to know Laurel and Hardy). Thank you for sharing this clip. I am very tempted to get the Pat and Patachon set you reviewed in a previous post.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Aaron Neathery said...

The Kinowelt Pat and Patachon DVD set is worth the money. A pity that their talkies were given the same treatment as the silents when they were repackaged for TV.

I didn't catch the Busch reference. Thanks for pointing that out!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Andreas Ruiz Dubrovin said...

i need to catch some of pat and patachon movie on the net...you know ow here?¿?¿

11:09 AM  
Blogger Aaron Neathery said...

So far as I know, this is the first Pat and Patachon clip to be posted on the internet EVER. I'll go back through my set and see if I can find another useful clip.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Eric Stott said...

Great clip- but I hope it isn't the last. Update?

2:19 PM  
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9:11 PM  

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