Max has his ass watered.

Over at The Daily Notebook, this week’s edition of The Forgotten casts a sympathetic eye over unfunny ethnic comedian Max Davidson, captured at the height of his limited powers in an excellent DVD double-disc edition from Filmmuseum Munchen. It’s amazing how affectionate I can get about a guy who’s basically about as funny as fibreglass.

Meanwhile, at Limerwrecks, THE FLY gets another ode in its honour.

When you’re feeling fly-blown and flea-bitten,

By the muse you get suddenly smitten,

A lim’rick or haiku,

Whatever may strike you,

Some doggerel has to be written.


10 Responses to “JewTube”

  1. I quite like Davidson in The Rag Man.

  2. Oh, I bet that’s pretty good. Eddie Cline directing, Jackie Coogan as star… I’m unduly harsh on Davidson because those domestic comedies really are horribly anodyne and hackneyed and lazily stereotyped, which ended up being what I found bizarrely funny about them: the distance between the self-consciously stylized schtick’s obvious intent and the arid expanse of laugh-less monotony actually produced is, in itself, peculiarly comical in a tragic way, and can get you kind of punchy.

    The Itching Hour, on the other hand, mixes ineptitude and surrealism to achieve inadvertent mastery.

  3. David Boxwell Says:

    If MD was as funny as fibreglass, that would mean El Brendel was as funny as broken glass.

  4. Oh, I think LESS funny. Probably he’s as funny as the broken glass left on a beach in a 70s public information film I remember about the importance of not leaving broken glass on the beach. It ends on a freeze-frame of a running child’s bare foot descending towards a smashed bottle which is guaranteed to make you wince, which is approximately the sensation I get whenever El Brendel smiles.

  5. Dialect comics were so common in early sound, that if I hate one I really should hate them all. In that sense, El doesn’t irritate me much more than any of the others. If he’s in a subordinate role in a film I can take his antics if he’s not too prominent, as I can in some shorts. I suspect my Brendel tolerance (maybe that should be a scientific scale of irritation) is higher than others.

  6. Well, one has to remember that Chico Marx is nothing if he’s not a dialect comedian, and surely all right-thinking people admire and respect him as the third-funniest Marx brother. Maybe even second-funniest.

  7. Christopher Says:

    Max Davidson used to creep me out as a kid in the Little Rascals short Moan and Groan Inc.-1929

  8. Welcome back!

    I’ve seen very little Roach rascalry, but what I did see was fascinatingly strange. They don’t seem to have had extensive exposure in the UK, ever. Or at least not since I’ve been watching TV. I’ll have to ask if my parents ever saw them.

  9. Christopher Says:

    thanks…yeah..I don’t remember seeing them at all when I lived in Australia..But in the U.S. they’ve been a mainstay on TV since the 50s..the silents up to about 1937 are all wonderful..

  10. I must delve into this strange, pint-sized world.

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