There are so many comedy teams -- duos, trios, et al, in the history of cinema, that it's difficult to keep track.
Some love the Marx Brothers, and others detest The Stooges.
One team, very much a "buddy" duo, that stands the test of time to the max, is that of Mr. Lemmon and Mr. Matthau in Gene Saks' The Odd Couple, based upon the Broadway play by Neil Simon, which has an interesting history.
It ran from March of 1965 to July of 1967, and was directed by Mike Nichols. Originally Mr. Matthau played Oscar and Art Carney was Felix. Jack Klugman replace Mr. Matthau , who was later replaced by Pat Hingle. Mr. Carney was initially replaced by Eddie Bracken, and then Paul Dooley. Each a great cast.
But to me, the casting of Mr. Lemmon and Mr. Matthau by Paramount created one of the quintessential comedy teams in the history of cinema.
Just perfect in every detail.
Which I can also report about the Paramount HD master used by WB for their new Blu-ray of the film.
Colors and textures beautifully mimic the original dye transfer prints, as produced by Technicolor, of this slick Hollywood studio production.
Just a wonderful Blu-ray.
Image - 5
Audio - 5