But there are other roles that I always think of when I think of Joe E. Brown; first, his wonderful turn as one of the clowns in Max Reinhardt's 1935 film of Midsummer Night's Dream. Featuring a dream cast of seasoned comics that was exactly what Shakespeare had in mind -- Frank McHugh, Arthur Treacher, James Cagney, Hugh Herbert, and more -- Brown still stands out even in this company as Flute the Bellows-Mender, assigned the role of Thisbe, the heroine of the Greek tragedy they are rehearsing. The actual performance is priceless, with roaring lion, a giggling wall in the person of Hugh Herbert, and Flute in mid-peroration suddenly realizing he's forgotten a key prop. I really never get tired of this movie.
|In China visiting refugees in WW2|
|Visiting airmen in Australia|
|As Elwood Dowd in Harvey|