Friday, April 27, 2018


HAP LEE'S MOVIE GAGS was a 1935 Big Little Book with jokes and pictures from the movies of the period.

The cover has caricatures of a number of movie stars, including Groucho Marx, Mae West, Jimmy Durante, Constance Bennett, Harpo Marx, Laurel and Hardy, Wallace Beery, William Powell, and Charlie Chaplin.

The spine of the book.

The same picture as on the front cover is on the back, flipped.

Charlie Chaplin, depicted with his cane on his shoulder again, as on the cover. "So you won't talk, eh?" refers to his continuing to make silent movies after the advent of talking pictures.

Groucho Marx.

Tbelma Todd and Robert Woolsey in HIPS, HIPS, HOORAY

The picture of Dorothy Lee and Bert Wheeler might be from the same movie, as they were all in it.

I thought the line was "You can be had," but I'm not sure. "You can be had" was a line Thelma Todd had in SITTING PRETTY which I thought was taken from Mae West. I don't recall seeing the movie where Mae West said the line in the first place.

Greta Garbo. I don't think I saw this movie.

Joan Blondell, minus some of her "bottom".

Harpo Marx. The text makes a reference to Philadelphia. I'm not sure how that fits in with a gag about reducing, but I remember reference to Philadelphia in comedies of that period. W.C. Fields would do that, and also Ginger Rogers in 42ND STREET ( 1933 ).

Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery.

Ebay seller's description:

This is "Hap Lee's Movie Gags" a big-little style book from 1935. The cover has great color cartoons of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, William Powell,  Groucho and Harpo Marx, Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Wallace Beery, Constance Bennett,  Jimmy Durante, Mae West,  Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Howard, Edward G. Robinson, John Barrymore, Adolphe Menjou, Eddie Cantor, and Joan Blondell. The inside of the book has photos of  Lupe Velez, Jimmy Durante, Lee Tracy, Thelma Todd, Frances Dee, William Gargan, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, Chester Morris, Andy Devine, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Jack Oakie, Arline Judge, Lew Ayres, Patricia Ellis, Paul Lukas,  Leila Hyams, Jean Arthur, Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, George Meeker, Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Constance Cummings, Nills Asther, Robert Greig, Marjorie Rambeau,  Robert Armstrong, Isabel Jewell, Robert McWade, Fay Wray, Wallace Beery, Tim McCoy, Evelyn Knapp, Stuart Erwin, Edmund Lowe, Ann Sothern, George Raft, Jackie Cooper, Judith Wood, Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Franchot Tone, Marion Nixon, Joel McCrea, Lillian Bond, Ginger Rogers, Mary Carlisle, Gloria Stuart, Jack Holt, Sally Blane, Bruce Cabot,  Florence Lake, Irene Franklin, Marjorie Gateson, Dorothy Lee, Roger Pryor, Franklin Pangborn, Dolores Del Rio, Richard Carle, Slim Summerville, Zasu Pitts, Eric Linden, Ben Lyon, and Joyce Compton. And also mixed in among the jokes are caricatures of Charlie Chaplin, Joe E. Brown, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Eddie Cantor, Joan Blondell, Greta Garbo, Jimmy Durante, Maurice Chevalier, Edward G. Robinson, Adolphe Menjou, Will Rogers, George Arliss, and John Barrymore.


1 comment:

  1. Looks like I've had HAP LEE'S MOVIE GAGS on this blog before, but there are some different pictures from it now that I didn't have before, including the drawing of Joan Blondell.