Movie Genres: Comedy Types–Zany Vs. Stiff and Stuffed Shirts

Hollywood has many funny men and some funny women (graduates of SNL), but what the genre misses is the straight characters, the stiff and stuffed shirts that the likes of Margaret Dumont had played in the best comedies of the Marx brothers in the 1930s.

Or the character that William Holden played in George Cukor’s 1950 comedy, Born Yesterday, starring Judy Holliday in her Best Actress Oscar role.

Or the character that Peter Lawford played in another Cukor-Holliday collaboration, the 1954 comedy, It Should Happen to You.

Most of the figures in Hollywood comedies are zany and eccentric, but with no one to play against their routines