The Joe E Brown Collection
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland
& William Frawley
Rookie pitcher Francis "Ike"
comes seemingly out of nowhere to help the Cubs go for the pennant. His
idiosyncratic ways, which include excuses and alibis for everything,
his manager and fiancée crazy in this baseball farce.
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Dorothy Burgess
& Patricia Ellis
Brown plays a dual role, as would-be circus entertainer Happy Howard and his rustic old father. When dad, a former circus man himself, disapproves of Happy hitting the sawdust trail, the boy does so anyway, smitten by a beautiful female bareback rider. So naïve is our hero that he doesn't realize that the "girl" is actually female impersonator Jack, who strings Happy along just for laughs. Once this plotline is straightened out, Happy becomes the hero of the day by substituting for a drunken aerialist -- and there is no more proud or enthusiast spectator than Happy's happy dad. If Brown looks genuinely frightened in his scene in the lion's cage, he should; the lion affectionately pawed him during one take, resulting in six stitches in the comedian's arm. More serious than most Brown vehicles. This picture is distinguished by the star's spectacular acrobatics (the real thing -- no doubles), and by some excellent
split-screen work during the "father/son" scenes.
The Comedy of Terrors
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre,
Joyce Jameson, Boris Karloff
& Basil Rathbone
An undertaker who hasn't had
'customers' in a long time is forced the pay one year's back-rent. To
money he starts to kill people in order to get new clients.
Starring: Joe E. Brown, June Travis & Gene Lockhart
Alexander Botts is a
natural born salesman and master mechanic, who is trying to make a big
sale of Earthworm tractors to grouchy lumberman Johnson. Since Botts
really know anything about tractors, and since the old-fashioned
is opposed to tractors of any kind, it isn't going to be an easy sell.
But Botts perseveres, encouraged by Johnson's daughter.
Men & a Girl
Starring: Joe E. Brown, James Hall & Laura Lee
(Also released as “Maybe It’s Love ) When a High-School football star is refused admission into college based on his rough reputation, his father, a wealthy alumnus, withdraws all of his financial support from the University. As the University President stands by his guns, the athlete falls in love with the President’s daughter. This only strengthens the President’s resolve to keep him out of the school. That’s when football star decides to change his ways & enters school under a false identity to become the team’s leader.
Elmer the Great
Starring: Joe E. Brown & Patricia Ellis
Elmer does not want to leave
because Nellie is the one that he loves. Even when Mr. Wade of the
Cubs comes to get him, it is only because Nellie spurns him that he
As always, Elmer is the king of batters and he wins game after game.
Nellie comes to see Elmer in Chicago, she sees him kissing Evelyn and
wants nothing to do with him anymore. So Healy takes him to a gambling
club, where Elmer does not know that the chips are money. He finds that
he owes the gamblers $5000 and they make him sign a note for it. Sad at
losing Nellie, mad at his teammates and in debt to the gamblers, Elmer
disappears as the Cubs are in the deciding game for the Series.
Fireman, Save My Child
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Evalyn Knapp & Lilian Bond
Joe Grant is an inventor,
and baseball ace in his small hometown. He gets an offer to play in a
game. He hopes to get more money for his inventions. But he is invited
to present his invention to a fire-extinguisher company at the same
when he is supposed to play. Will he be able to show the effectiveness
of his invention and win the game?
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters,
Sid Ceasar, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers,
Buddy Hackett, The Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny
Spencer Tracy, Jim Backus, Jimmy Durante & Many More
After a long prison sentence
Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid
from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careers over a cliff in
view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan
details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to
on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state.
The Joker is Wild
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Jeanne Crain, Mitzi Gaynor,
Eddie Albert & Jackie Coogan
Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another, the mob boss who owns the first speakeasy has his thugs try to kill Lewis. Lewis survives, but his vocal cords are cut and he cannot sing. Several years later, his buddy tracks him down and tries to help him with little success. That attempt, though, leads to Lewis meeting Letty Page. They fall in love and she inspires him to follow up on an offer to become a comedian (a result of his buddy's failed attempt to rejuvenate his singing career). Lewis has problems, though. The assault that nearly cost him his life also helped turn him into an alcoholic and an inveterate gambler. These two character defects become the basis for his act and help to make him a smash success. Unfortunately, they also work to wreak havoc in his personal life.
Boy Makes Good
Starring: Joe E. Brown & Dorothy Lee
John is a
timid student who works at the University Book
Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the
Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia
it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track
Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike,
boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to
the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good
wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race, but Spike
On With the Show
Starring: Joe E. Brown & Betty Compson
The plot involves the out-of-town tryout of a new musical comedy, and the people who perform therein: A bitchy leading lady, an arrogant comedy lead, and a star struck chorus kid. At the very last moment, the leading lady refuses to go on, forcing the producer to put the chorus girl in her place. It turns out that the star's seemingly rotten behavior was deliberately designed to give the chorine her Big Break.
Pin Up Girl
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Betty Grable & Martha Raye
Starring: Joe E. Brown & Marilyn Miller
Sally was an orphan who got
name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In
the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been
since. Working as a waitress, she goes from job to job until she finds
a job that also allows her to dance. At the restaurant, she meets
and they both fall for each other, but Blair is engaged to Marcia.
is hired to impersonate a famous Russian dancer named Noskerova, but at
that engagement, she is found to be a phony and that Blair is engaged.
Undaunted, she proceeds with her life and has her show on Broadway, but
she still thinks of Blair.
Shut My Big Mouth
Starring: Joe E. Brown & Adele Mara
Wellington Holmes, a timid horticulturist, heads for Big Bluff. When the stage is held up by Buckskin Bill and his men, he accidently knocks out three of them earning himself the unwanted job of Marshal. Escaping town disguised as a woman, the stage is again held up by Buckskin and he, Elena Montoya and her father are made prisoners. He escapes and when Buckskin arrives in town he again accidently overpowers him. Having been previously masked, Buckskin now claims to be Buckskin's enemy and the townspeople believe him. They release him and offer him the reward for leading Wellington to Buckskin's hideout. So Wellington and Elena with the ranson money for her father, but no posse, head out to bring in Buckskin.
Sons O' Guns
Starring: Joe E. Brown & Joan Blondell
Broadway star Jimmy Canfield
in a patriotic show on the great white way during WWI. He plays the
soldier, but he is doesn't want to join the Army. To evade some
with Bernice, another actress, he acts like joining the forces going
there, but that turns out to be real. In France he falls in love with
a French barmaid and is arrested as spy. He escapes from prison, only
end in the uniform of a German officer leading "his" soldiers in an
trap. But being escaped from prison and wearing the enemy's uniform
that healthy in wartime.
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Bernice Clark & Jack Whiting
In this musical comedy, a bored office
clerk finds much-needed
excitement by masquerading as a millionaire. To do so, he borrows the
of his girl friend's father. Slapstick mayhem ensues on the water until
the lad ends up winning the big race. Songs include: "Goodness
"I'll Know and She'll Know," "Keep Your Undershirt On," "What Would I
"Sweeter Than You",”As Long as I Have You and You Have Me", and
For the Moon" .
Starring: Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Preston Foster
& Guinn Williams
Both Joe E. Brown and Guinn Williams are named Joe Holt; Brown is a shipping clerk and Williams is a champion Canadian swimmer. Socialite Ginger Rogers gets them confused and thinks that Brown is the inventor of an unsinkable swim suit and enters him in a 20 mile swim race.
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