Sid Caesar And The Golden Age of YouTube
Argument to Beethoven’s 5th
Live television — two words that conjure up excitement, suspense, and a good kind of danger — is today mostly defined by sporting events, breaking news from the campaign trail, or yet another chance to watch Paula Abdul steer TV’s most lucrative vehicle into a concrete barrier wall.
Back in the day, however, television was nearly all live — and frequently great, if this five-minute clip gaining new life on the Web is any indication. Watch as Sid Caesar (star of Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour) deftly pantomimes a domestic argument with Nanette Fabray — a sort of battling Bickersons meets Beethoven. Caesar’s legacy has often been overshadowed by the later careers of his writing staff (Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon). But as this sketch delightfully demonstrates, Caesar needed very few words — if any — to bring down the house.
In the same vein of Argument here is the classic Looney Tunes cartoon Rabbit of Seville. Released in 1950, It was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.
In 1994 it was voted #12 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Eddie Selzer|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Phil Monroe
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||December 16, 1950 (USA)|
|Running time||7 min (one reel)|