I’m including Fox Trot Finesse (dir. Maurice Morris) in this Slapstick Series for 3 reasons:
- Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew were one of the 1st silent film comedy teams.
- Sidney was the uncle of John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore (and therefore the great-granduncle of Drew Barrymore).
- Mrs. Sidney Drew is a spiritual ancestor to the Fake Shemp. Very soon after the death of Drew’s 1st wife — the original Mrs. Sidney Drew (Gladys Rankin) — he married Lucile McVey, who became the new Mrs. Sidney Drew character.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew have a joint Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, though I am unsure whether that is for Mrs. Drew #1 or #2.
October 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm
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