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The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster!


DVD Talk Collector Series

A remarkable achievement of screen comedy, The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster meticulously recreates the look and, more importantly, the writing and performance styles of 1930s two-reel comedies, five in all.

This sort of thing has been done many times before, but very rarely this well. Filmmakers often spoof older movie genres and forms, from Mel Brooks’ celebrated run of movie parodies in the 1970s (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc.) to low- and no-budget send-ups of Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space and other cheap sci-fi programmers.

Almost never do they get it right. More often than not, the filmmakers lack genuine affection for the very genres they’re recreating, and their obvious contempt seriously undermines any chance of honest, knowing comedy. Others try spoofing genres they don’t really understand, basing their humor on false assumptio…Read the entire review


By Max Schindler