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MUMMY’S BOYS (1936) ***

Wheeler and Woolsey were a comedy team that first gained popularity with the Great Ziegfield on Broadway in the 20’s. They made their screen debut in 1929 in Rio Rita and went on to make over twenty films until Woolsey’s death in 1938. Bert Wheeler is kinda like a dim witted Zeppo with a touch of Stan Laurel and Robert Woolsey is a George Burns doppelganger with a hint of Groucho. They’re pretty funny and if you like The Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello, you should check out some of their movies. This is one of their best. They play two lazy ditch diggers who get hired to excavate a cursed Egyptian tomb where there’s a hidden treasure. Wheeler is really forgetful so Woolsey gets the brilliant idea to tattoo the treasure map onto Wheeler’s back. In the end, a greedy Egyptologist dresses up like a mummy and chases the boys around the tomb. Their best gag is when Woolsey says, “It’s enough to drive you to drink,” Wheeler responds, “What’ll you have?” Willie Best co-stars as Catfish.
Tags: comedy, m, mummy, wheeler and woolsey
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