Begins Tuesday, September 6 on TCM
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to pratfalls and double-takes with “Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick,” a month-long programming special featuring more than 50 films exploring the history of slapstick. Hosted by acclaimed stand-up comedian Greg Proops, the special will feature programming from silent masters Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd to modern master Will Ferrell, and will premiere September 6th and air every Tuesday and Wednesday during the month.
“Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick” will explore the various forms slapstick in movie history including:
• The Silent Era – the rambunctious physical nature of the style proved perfect for the era and programming includes Charlie Chaplin’s first feature, Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914) and Buster Keaton’s masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
• The 1930s – slapstick took on the classic art form it is today with the rise of the popularity of Laurel and Hardy (Sons of the Dessert ) and the Marx Brothers (A Night at the Opera )
• The 1940s & 50s – Slapstick remained a popular art form thanks to practitioners W.C. Fields in The Bank Dick (1940) and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Scared Stiff (1953)
• The 1960s – the style was revived with the all-star It's Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and two Peter Sellers masterpieces A Shot in the Dark (1964) and The Party (1968)
• The 1980s and Beyond – the genre and format continued to thrive with Strange Brew (1983) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)