Accidentally Hilarious: A Blogathon of Unintentional Humor in Classic Film


It’s here at last! The blogathon of movies that don’t mean to be funny… but we can’t help laughing! It’s a three day event but I will be adding the new entries here so be sure to check back for the good stuff.

For your reading pleasure, I have subdivided the entries into assorted departments. Of course, some movies will fit into more than one slot. In those cases, I just flipped a mental coin and put them in the place that made the most sense. Here we go!

We put the “wild” in “wilderness”

The west, the woods, the wild frontier… all presented in a spectacularly “wrong” manner.

Movies Silently | Heart of Wetona (1918)

Nitrate Glow | Nomads of the North (1920)

Knock on Wood

Yup, Ed Wood has his own section for the event. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cinematic Catharsis | Glen or Glenda (1953)

B-Movie Maniacs | The Sinister Urge (1960)

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque | Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Girls Do Film | Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Trousers? Trousers? We don’t need no stinkin’ trousers!

Lead wears tights, bikinis, tunics, togas or those weird little Roman pleated skirts.

Destroy All Fanboys | The Magic Sword (1962)

Cinema Monolith | Eegah (1962)

Aliens, Mutants and Monsters, oh my!

Creature features of every description.

Silver Screenings | White Pongo (1945)

The Last Drive In | The Creeping Terror (1964)

Destroy All Fanboys | Konga (1961)

Destroy All Fanboys | Reptilicus (1961)

B-Movie Maniacs | The Robot Monster (1953)

Once Upon a Screen | The Killer Shrews (1959)

A Shroud of Thoughts | The Tingler (1959)

Wait, uh, what… uh… WHAAAAA!

Gonzo. Crazy. Weird. Strange, bad or just plain wrong.

Destroy All Fanboys | The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

The Movie Rat | Reefer Madness (1934)

A Person in the Dark | The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

Prowler Needs a Jump | They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963)

The Vintage Cameo | Just Imagine (1930)

Nitrate Glow | The Road to Yesterday (1925)

The Nitrate Diva | Maniac (1934)

I know who you are and I saw what you did.

Famous people making proper fools of themselves.

All Things Kevyn | Paul Newman in The Silver Chalice (1954)

Silent-ology | Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921)

Sister Celluloid | Joan Crawford in Torch Song (1953)

Nitrate Glow | Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive in Jane Eyre (1934)

MovieFanFare | Liberace in Sincerely Yours (1955)

The Female of the Species

Terrible movies about terrifying women. She-monsters, aliens and sundry maidens of death.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze | Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)

James Downs | Devil Girl from Mars (1954)

Critica Retro | Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956) (Be sure to click the translate button!)

Cinema Burn | The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

Forgotten Films | Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | Johnny Guitar (1954)

Scholar-type stuff

B-Movie Maniacs | Flag on the Moon : A Look at Coleman Francis


35 Replies to “Accidentally Hilarious: A Blogathon of Unintentional Humor in Classic Film”

    1. No worries. If you find one you like, just let me know and I will post a link 🙂

  1. All good reviews. There’s so much cheese here that you could list this page under your cooking series.

  2. Fritzi, I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to write up a post for the blogathon this time. I’ve been hoping against hope that I could clear enough space in my work schedule, but alas. Still want to take the time to comment on all the blogathon posts. Thanks for all your wonderful hostessing! It all looks great.

  3. I just finished reading all the posts for this wonderful blogathon. I was looking forward to this event, but I did not expect to learn as much about filmmaking as I did. Thanks for hosting this.

    P.S. I love how you labelled and categorized the films, especially “Trousers? We don’t need no stinkin’ trousers!” I’m stealing it for my every day conversation.

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