Most everyone has a list of favorite movies. Here’s a list of my favorite “modern-era” comedy films (in no particular order):
- Airplane! (1980). There’s one gag after another in this spoof of disaster flicks. You might say, “Surely you’re not serious!” to which I’d reply, “Yes I am, and stop calling me Shirley.”
- National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). John Belushi and his fellow frat brothers from Delta House attack just about every college tradition. Go ahead and put me on “double-secret probation” for this choice, but everything runs amuck in the college whose founder’s most memorable utterance is “Knowledge Is Good.”
- Caddyshack (1980). Welcome to Bushwood Country Club, where golfing is turned into pure anarchy. My favorite subplot is groundskeeper Bill Murray’s never-ending quest to rid the course of a gopher that’s way wilier than he is.
- Blazing Saddles (1974). The frontier town of Rock Ridge is about to be blown off the map to allow the railroad to run through it, but the town and its citizens (all of whose last name is Johnson) are saved by an unlikely sheriff and a has-been gunfighter. Just plain silly.
- Young Frankenstein (1974). Like Blazing Saddles, another hilarious Mel Brooks flick. Dr. Frankenstein (“that’s 'Fraunk-en-steen'”) leaves his gig as a medical school professor, claims his family's estate in
Transylvaniaand creates a monster of gigantic proportions. Marty Feldman is especially funny as Igor ("that's 'Eye-gor'"), and the mention of Cloris Leachman’s character’s name has an unusual effect on horses.
It just dawned on me that all of these films are from my so-called "formative years" -- the mid-‘70s and early ‘80s – which might explain a few things about myself. I’m sure there have been many laugh-out-loud movies since then – and definitely before then -- that I’ve seen, but I don’t recall them as well as I do these movies. And, this list doesn’t include some of the early Marx Brothers movies, which I love.
What comedies are on your laugh-out-loud, rolling-on-the-floor list? What movies did you particularly enjoy during your “formative years”?