Every Columbia comedy title seemed to be a play
on words; you'd think there would have come a point when they simply ran out.
Was there someone whose entire job it was to think them up? Andy Clyde's were a
group we never had on television down here. Don't know that I would have watched in any
event. He's a mild presence ... assume that was Andy's career-long persona ... am I wrong? Is Home
On The Rage typical of his? AC on this occasion thinks the wife and
brother-in-law want to off him for insurance money. Actually, it's his dog
they want to kill, which struck me nearly as disagreeable, "Ace"
being a skilled and graceful animal (his contract transferred from RKO, it's
said). People at Columbia
were always getting splattered by ink, paint, or what-not. Cleaning up after
must have been a large part of negative cost. We're given Home On The Rage in a
"Rare Treasures" Columbia DVD set because one-time Stooge Shemp
Howard is in it. He's the obnoxious brother-in-law, as in really obnoxious to a
point of homicidal. Wonder if Shemp made creative contribution or just took
orders. I'll need to enroll in Columbia comedy school, and their Treasures set looks like a fair place to start.