A trucker hauling beer illegally from Texas to Georgia picks up a runaway bride and gets chased by a Southern sheriff along the way. Fun for good ol' boys!
Corinne Griffith's memoir of a turn-of-the-century railroad inspector who buys a drugstore so he can drink on Sunday. Academy Award winning song, "Call Me Irresponsible"!
The Sting 2 movie trailer - starring Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis. Directed by Jeremy Kagen. Genre: Action-Adventure
In this even dumber but equally successful sequel, bandit Reynolds transports an elephant from Miami to Texas with sheriff Gleason and his identical brothers in pursuit.
Classic tale of a pool shark's travels. Academy Award nominations for all four stars, as well as Best Picture!
Pool hustler and self-proclaimed “greatest pool shooter of all time,” Rudolf Walter Wanderone, Jr., became known by many monikers, including “Triple Smart,” “Double Smart Fats,” “Bank Shot Bandit,” “One Pocket Maestro,” and “Sultan of Stroke.” He became famous around the world as “Minnesota Fats,” a name he purloined after a character in the 1959 Walter Tevis novel, “The Hustler.” The film version was a critical and financial success, with Jackie Gleason giving a memorable performance as the quasi-fictional Minnesota Fats.
The charismatic, colorful, Minnesota Fats boasted he was “the greatest pool shooter of all time,” and, no doubt, he was not only an excellent player, but equal parts publicist, entertainer, and huckster!
Here is your chance to see “Mr. Fats” in top form…having a great time playing with his quick witted show business pals.
Soldier In The Rain movie trailer - starring Steve McQueen, Jackie Gleason, Tuesday Weld, Tony Bill, Tom Poston, Ed Nelson. Directed by Ralph Nelson. Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
A Chicago advertising agency executive is forced to deal with his parents' separation. Nice combination of drama and humor highlights Gleason's final picture!
Miami: Visit Miami's popular South Beach. Take a trip to the Jackie Gleason Theater or the Bass Museum of Art, or stroll along the white sand of the American Riviera.
Garry Marshall directs this hilarious comedy about a perpetual adolescent who's forced to deal with his aging, unloving father when his mother leaves him flat.
While Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" is a Christmas classic today, the original casting of Clarence the Angel may have changed the reception of this film altogether.
Highlights of this day in history: Start of the Berlin blockade during the early Cold War; Boxing champ Jack Dempsey born; Comedian and actor Jackie Gleason of 'The Honeymooners' fame dies. (June 24)
The opening animated sequence for season 02 of "A Fool's idea"!
The one where our heroic clown attempts to catch his favorite red balloon pal and shenanigans ensue.
Clown is the moment you are born, your pure innocence, and the rest of your life you are trying to get it back again. -- Jango Edwards
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The concept is simple: We are interested in exploring this crazy, powerful and historically amazing art form called "clown" and its practitioners. We also thought that there might be a few other people in the universe curious about what these amazing artists have to say, so we decided to find individuals who have dedicated their lives to the art of clowning and ask them questions about topics other creative people might be interested in.
Each episode (with the exception of a few specials) is focused around one thesis question. Once asked, each artist responds with his or her educated perspective on the matter. You might not agree with everyone, but doesn't that make the conversation more exciting? Our goal is not to define concrete answers to each question, but rather to build a dialogue about creativity, performance, life experience, comedy and process.
This project is about more then just a web-series; it is about building community, collaboration and support for the performing arts all around the world. It's about reconnecting with historical artistic traditions and discovering something new about yourself and the world in the process.
Everyone loves a clown whether they know it or not; however, the word "clown" has been bastardized in modern culture to the point where many people no longer remember its historical relevance or what it even is! The thoughts generated with the word "clown" are often negative in tone and associated with horror movies, serial killers and fast food. This is culturally and creatively irresponsible.
What most people have forgotten is that the clown has historically been a significant figure in almost every culture since the creation of fire. From the shamanic fools of ancient Native American cultures to the court jesters of the middle ages, clowns have always been there to remind us of our stupidity. When people spiral out of control, it's up to the clowns to bring us back down to Earth. In its purest form, the clown is the greatest communicator in the world, able to transcend language and connect to an audience without words.
Before there was sound in film, it was clowns that ruled the big screen, from Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, to Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and W. C. Fields. Even as audio exploded on screen, the clown community still dominated with the likes of the Marx Brothers, Jackie Gleason and Red Skelton. The broad comedy of these early clowns was enjoyed and accessible beyond just an English speaking audience, thus creating connections of shared experience across cultural, social and language barriers. Over the years, comedy has become more culturally exclusive and based in intellect, so that it can no longer easily bridge cultural divides. Most modern comedians have a difficult time communicating culture-specific language-based jokes to an audience from a different nation. This kind of dysfunctional communication is well documented in films like Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" and Philip Rosenthal's "Exporting Raymond". However, just like the golden years of silent film comedy, clown-based experiences such as "Slava's Snowshow" and the many incarnations of Cirque du Soleil have had the ability to play all over the world and appeal to a broad audience, regardless of cultural background.
In a nutshell, the core concepts of what the world knows as comedy owes everything it is, was, and will ever be to the clown. The clown is our most basic human instincts, our worst fears and our greatest moments of joy. The essence of clown has nothing to do with makeup, oversized shoes and polka-dotted pajamas, although these elements help the performer exaggerate their character in different creative and fantastical ways. The essence of a clown has everything to do with the discovery of innocence, honesty, humanity and communication in the creative space.
"A Fool's Idea" is our way of helping society learn how to rediscover its innocence so that we all can remember what it means to be human.
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