During the Fourth of July I try to recount some of the things that I love about this country. One of the things that I love about this country are those great film comedians from the 1920s to the 1940s.
When I was young, I was a navy brat. I would make close friends at school, then every 2 years I would move to a new place. That was tough on me and I remember being sad about losing friends. Comic books and old Hollywood comedies on television helped me to break out of being sad.
Channel 9, channel 2 and channel 44 would often show movies by Abbott and Costello, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, W.C. Fields, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. My friends thought I was strange for loving those movies, but I didn’t care.
When I got older, I discovered the Stanford Theater and went with my friend the Leibermans to watch great silent comics like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd on Wednesdays in the summer. I checked out the great Charlie Chaplin feature films of the 1920s and 1930s and his “City Lights” is still my favorite movie.
I think what I love most about those movies is that the actors looked like they were having so much fun.