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Couldn’t have been done better by even William Powell. Wonderful.
A great, great scene. It’s a variation of a routine he did in The Immigrant, where we come across the tramp with his back to us as he appears to be suffering from a severe bout of sea sickness. He then slowly turns toward the camera, ultimately revealing a rod and a newly caught fish. Of course, this version of the gag works even better, tied as it is to a twist in tone and character that deepens the humor.
Exceedingly good. ^^“Of course, this version of the gag works even better, tied as it is to a twist in tone and character that deepens the humor.” Yes, spot on. Also, I think a lot of folks from the original audience on would expect it to be a simple gag of him turning around with a drink. So the much more complex shaking with grief/drink mixer is what really takes it to the next level.
oddly enough we have that exact picture frame the photo of his wife is in. My dad’s portrait from when he was a kid is in it.
I thought it was going to be the patented Lon Chaney shaking with laughter/tears gag. Wonderful stuff.

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