I have seen quite a few pie fights on video, and I just found my favorite. It is from a Little Rascals theatrical short called “Shiverin’ Shakespeare”. What makes this one different?
- Use of slow motion. Sometime it’s during the throw, sometime on the hit. Just the variation in speed makes it interesting. When the pie flies in slo mo, then hits at full speed, it seems faster.
- Editing. This one has a nice pace of editing. With fun reaction shots of the kids.
- The actors, when entering the fight, move with a slow deliberateness that is just funny. It’s almost like the slower they move, the funnier it is. The first man who buys a pie stops to weigh them in his hands.
- It still has all the usual pie fight elements like the matronly woman getting hit, and the wide shot of pies flying in all directions.
1 thought on “My favorite pie fight”
Edgar Kennedy in a Tarzan outfit is an automatic laugh.
This pie fight is very similar to situations in Laurel & Hardy shorts. The deliberateness of the aggression, lingering slow burn reactions, escalation of the action… There was definitely a house style to Roach tit for tat brawls.