MyMoll

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Female Comedy Duos

Thanks to TCM I enjoyed the Thelma Todd, ZaZu Pitts/ Patsy Kelly Shorts which I loved. I found them charming and hillarious. It got me thinking besides Lucy and Ethel , and Laverne n Shirley , what other female comedy duos similar to Wheeler and Whoosley (sp) and Laurel and HArdy are around .. Any one Know and can elaborate?? i'm talking 1950 and back

I'm a classic movie lover ya know

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MyMoll

02 Sep 10, 06:30 AM

i forgot about dressler and moran. i loved them together


of course there was ginger rogers, eve arden and lucille ball but i don't remember them being paired with any one on a regular basis(correct me if i'm wrong)

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Thrift_Store_Junkie

02 Sep 10, 01:04 AM

The first that comes to my mind is the wondrous, rollicking pairing of Anita Garvin and Marion Byron: "the female Laurel and Hardy." In my opinion, Miss Garvin is the undisputed queen of slapstick comedy. And Miss Byron, the forever eternal, spunky 5' Kitty King from Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr., was one of the most adorable, high-spirited actresses of the precode era. 

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KayValKeat

01 Sep 10, 09:03 PM

I was thinking also of Dressler and Moran. A team i would have like to seen is Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow. When they were together on Dinner for Eight they had good timing and yin/yang feeling.

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beatlebrandon

01 Sep 10, 08:03 PM

Good question! I can't think of one that could equal the comedy of something Laurel and Hardy would produce. I think it has to do with how the culture and society depicted women and men in their respected time periods. I notice that women in comedys tend to play straight roles (occasionally sex appeal). I also have trouble imagining a women who is dim-witted. Usually they play such intelligent individuals. (In case your wondering I am a boy - and this is from my perspective). I find it more successful if it is a male/female duo - such as Powell/Loy, Hepburn/Tracy. As for Female comedy duos??? - I think it would be hard to decide which diva should have top-billing.

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MagicLantern21

01 Sep 10, 06:36 PM

From the silent era- Anita Garvin and Marion Byron

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whistlingypsy

01 Sep 10, 06:20 PM

The only female comedy duo that comes to mind would be Marie Dressler and Polly Moran, both of whom began their careers in silent films. The pair appeared together in a number of films in the early thirties. I've seen Reducing (1931); Politics (1931) and Prosperity (1932), two of which also featured Anita Page in a supporting role. The films are a bit formula, Marie and Polly get into and out of trouble, but they are a lot of fun.

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