Hollywood movies had dominantly succeeded the motion picture industry and got the full attention of enthusiasts all around the globe. One of the film genres that brought its popularity since way back then was the variety of comedy movies it had produced.
Looking Back on History
Starting way back in the year 1900, the first comedy movie to hit the screen was the Record of Sneeze. This movie shows the continuously sneezing Fred Ott, the assistant of Thomas Edison and credited to start a trend that has strengthened and rooted to the now familiar comedy film. This was the era of silent movies wherein most of the classic comedy movies were made of.
In 1920s, animated cartoons have launched its way to popularity under the character of Felix the cat, Krazy Kat and Betty Boop. The popularity of these movies triggered the viewers’ anticipation and demand for sound and color. Thus, by the end of 1920s, Hollywood comedy industry came out with the introduction of sound into the movies.
At this time, dramatic new styles in filming and the use of verbal humor had started. Silent movies were soon replaced and the height of popularity for dialogue comedians such as the W.C Fields and the Marx Brothers erupted.
Though originally starting from the era of silent films, Charlie Chaplin was noted as the last comedian to have acted during 1930s in films based on visual humor and is devoid of dialogue (although they did employ sound effects).
Charlie Chaplin became a prominent figure of a famous clown-style acting of the silent era. From this, Hollywood comedy movies became more famous and soon came popularity of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
During World War II, the themes of Hollywood movies have changed to those related to conflicts and military. It was at this war era that restrictions on the traveling made movies experienced a boom. This is because nearly a quarter of the money and time spent by people was on attending movies.
During this time, the interest of viewers in movies had declined and had shifted to television with shows focusing on adult social situations and family oriented comedies.
The 1960s, an increasing number of broad, star-packed comedies transpired.