The Birth Of Screen Comedy

Richard Curtis presents a three-part series exploring the early days of talkie comedy.


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This first programme looks at how Mae West and WC Fields broke sex and booze taboos to outrage the censors and make careers for themselves in a Hollywood floundering in the DEPRESSION.

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This second programme focuses on the Marx Brothers, looking at how a bunch of wisecracking womanising brothers from the tenements of NEW YORK went from singing in brothels for favours, to creating movie scenes that are still regarded as some of the funniest ever made.

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This final programme looks at how an unsuccessful music hall performer got together with an American actor to create a double act that is still emulated to this day.