Mike Sargent, staff
Jimmy Durante’s dying words after flying off a cliff sets forth teams of today’s leading comic actors and comedians in a hilarious race to find a wealth of cash buried in a park and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Airplane! (1980) stole a lot of visual gags from this film!
This romantic fast-talking witty endeavor has greeting card writer and tuba playing Gary Cooper inheriting $20,000,000.00 so Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) to deal with conniving lawyers, snooty poets, angry relatives, opera enthusiasts and a deceitful newspaper woman. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) stole a whole character from this film.
In this predictable and shallow comedy of errors three women rent a penthouse because this is How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) and they hope to lure rich sexist white dudes into their moist boudoirs of deception.
In this slapstick “comedy of murders” Monsieur Verdoux (1947) seduces wealthy women in different towns and when in need for his wife, child and lavish lifestyle commits murder. This “Bluebeard” played by Charlie Chaplin interacts with the camera audience, is anti-war, indifferent to God and interestingly Chaplin was being unfairly harassed by the House Un-American Activities Committee prior to this being made.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rich And Strange (1931) and that’s no joke! A middle-class couple inherits just enough money to afford a first class cruise and learn almost-Titanic lessons with beautiful cinematography, expressionist set design, slapstick humor and a terribly boring story. They also find out what cat tastes like.
A high class hotel hosts a “kaleidoscopic” assortment of strange rich people and the Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935) who pursue them in this beautifully choreography and shot musical from Busby Berkeley. The centerpiece is a dark dream-like, almost psychedelic stage play directed by swindling grifters.
Snobby fancy dress/tuxedo-wearing rich kids hang out at Metropolitan (1990) “debutante parties” debating rich people philosophies with dry humor and wit. This is about as boring as rich people get.
While the poor orphan student stays behind to tend the flock of turkeys, rich boarding school girls Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975). An after lunch hike leads four girls to psychedelic musical mind trips, hippy philosophical thoughts, flute by Zamfir and the aristocrat who searches for them only to get mind-fucked in the process. Australian for Valentine’s Day.
A masochistic millionaire dies leaving a Legacy Of Blood (1971) and riches to his screwball turtleneck-wearing heirs and hired help but only if they can live on his estate for a week and if the offspring die, the servants get the money. But are the servants committing these strange gloriously-edited death scenes?
With super cheap effects and rad synthesizer music an Alien Prey (1977) lands on Earth and takes the form of a guy it eats. Able to speak, it hooks up with a wealthy vegetarian and her live-in girlfriend at their mansion in the woods. It hopes to find a resource for its kind. It can’t eat vegetables…