[78-L] Moran & Mack

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Fri Dec 14 14:04:25 PST 2012

On 12/14/2012 4:35 PM, David Sanderson wrote:
> On 12/14/2012 1:29 PM, David Lennick wrote:
>> Agree re Walter C. Kelly, but I've had no more problem with the Two Black Crows
>> than I have with Amos 'n' Andy. Some of their gags are classics.
>> dl
> Walter C. is a far cry from Moran&  Mack, genuinely offensive and
> demeaning. Charles Mack demonstrates neither laziness nor stupidity: "I
> went to the doctor and he told me what to do but I didn't do it. He said
> to take one pill three times a day; but you can't do that...." If
> there's a comparison, it might be with Cheech and Chong. Moran&  Mack
> played the Ziegfield Follies with W.C. Fields et al; after Mack was
> killed in a car accident, Moran ended up in Hollywood, played with
> Fields in several movies. He's the Indian chief in "Fatal Glass of
> Beer," most notably. And they were in part picking up jokes from oral
> tradition -  the "bear chased me..." piece from (I think) , the "Hades"
> recording, is very much around still, masquerading these days as "Maine
> humor."
I can't think of too many gags that are specifically racial, other than one 
about "cutting his acquaintance" ("and cut him good").  Most are borderless, 
some are timeless like why the black horses ate more than the white horses (and 
some sources have that one the other way around).


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