Tomorrow on TCM: “The Passionate Plumber”
This comes more under the heading of “historically interesting” than “exciting” or even “funny”, but it is necessary viewing for any “well-viewed” comedy fan. Buster Keaton’s 1932 MGM talkie The Passionate Plumber was based on the French farce Dans sa candeur naïve by Jacques Deval, the least promising of potential Keaton comedy material. The weak picture is stolen out from under Buster by his co-star Jimmy Durante and also features Polly Moran and Gilbert Roland. It airs tomorrow on TCM at 8am Eastern.
To learn about the history of silent and slapstick comdy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc
To learn more about the history of show business, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.