HAL ROACH FORGOTTEN COMEDIES (HOUSEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER, TURNABOUT, ROAD SHOW)

HAL ROACH FORGOTTEN COMEDIES (HOUSEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER, TURNABOUT, ROAD SHOW)

HAL ROACH FORGOTTEN COMEDIES (HOUSEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER, TURNABOUT, ROAD SHOW)
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Here is a special DVD collection of three classic comedies all from one of the masters of comedy, Hal Roach.  The Housekeeper’s Daughter is a hilarious spoof of murder mysteries, the ‘front-page’ type of picture and romantic comedies, all brought to delicious life by a cast of veteran players. Turnabout - from the novel by Thorne Smith, the man who created the character ‘Topper,’ comes this way-out fantasy about a bickering husband and wife who are given the opportunity to switch personalities for a day by an ancient oracle. Road Show – a rich playboy narrowly escapes marriage to a gold digger by feigning insanity but his plan backfires when he is committed to an asylum of comical lunatics! What ensues is pure comic mayhem!

THE HOUSEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER

https://youtu.be/OMx1vcLi_yM

Hal Roach, the master of comedy, has come up with a hilarious spoof of murder mysteries, the ‘front-page’ type of picture and romantic comedies, all brought to delicious life by a cast of veteran players. Joan Bennett is the title character, Hilda by name, whose past starts to intrude on her new life. A former intimate of ‘the mob’, our heroine decides she has had enough and returns to her mother, the housekeeper for a wealthy young chap who has ambitions to become a newspaperman. Before long, everyone from heroine t full-steam and reporter (Adolphe Menjou), a photographer (William Gargan), the police and even the hoods are up to their eyebrows in a murder as someone gleefully goes about bumping off his victims with poisoned coffee. Things move their hilarious way to a mad sequence of events in which Hal Roach brings out some old, tried-and-true laugh-getters . . . as well as a variation on the classic custard-pie brawl. Only this time, it’s a roof-top duel with every form of fireworks imaginable, from skyrockets to roman candles? The murderer is eventually exposed, but not before the laughs have run rampant and the viewer has had a whale of a time. 80 mins. | B&W | 1939

TURNABOUT

https://youtu.be/0rwMu9dNMb0

From the novel by Thorne Smith, the man who created the character ‘Topper,’ comes this way-out fantasy about a bickering husband and wife who are given the opportunity to switch personalities for a day by an ancient oracle. The ensuing complications make for a hilarious comedy fantasy.

83 mins. | B&W | 1940 | Comedy/Fantasy

ROAD SHOW

https://youtu.be/X069rhfymGA

Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger and escapes by feigning insanity. The jokes on him when he wakes up in an asylum full of comical lunatics. There he befriends Colonel Carraway, and together they escape, catching a ride with a beautiful blonde who proves to be Penguin Moore, the carnival owner. The adventures of Drogo and the Colonel with Moore's Carnival are replete with Hal Roach slapstick. (Summary was written by Rod Crawford, IMDB)

87 mins. | B&W | 1941 | Comedy/Musical

TURNABOUT
Actors:

Carol Landis, Adolphe Menjou, John Hubbard, William Gargan, Verree Teasdale, Mary Astor

Directed by:
Hal Roach

Produced by:
Hal Roach

Written by:
Thorne Smith (novel), Mickell Novack, Berne Giler, John McClain ( screenplay)

Cinematography by:
Norbert Brodine

Music by:
Arthur Morton

HOUSEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER
Actors:

Joan Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, John Hubbard, William Gargan, Victor Mature

Directed by:
Hal Roach

Produced by:
Hal Roach

Written by:
Rian James, Gordon Douglas, Writer novel Donald Henderson Clarke

Cinematography by:
Norbert Brodine

Music by:
Amedeo De Filippi

ROAD SHOW
Actors:

Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, John Hubbard, Charles Butterworth, Patsy Kelly, George E. Stone, Margaret Roach, Florence Bates, Willie Best

Directed by:
Hal Roach

Produced by:
Hal Roach

Written by:
Arnold Belgard & Eric Hatch (novel), Harry Langdon, Mickell Novack

Cinematography by:
Norbert Brodine

Music by:
George Stoll

D | 1 DISC | 250 minutes | 1939, 40, 41 | B&W | Not Rated | English language | English subtitles | 1.37:1 / 4x3 | Dolby Digital Mono | All Regions

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