One of the greatest movie parodies of all time turns out to be on YouTube now. Larry Gelbart's co-writing and Stanley Donen's direction, with George C. Scott, Red Buttons, Barry Bostwick, Harry Hamlin, Trish Vandevere, Art Carney and so many more all shine in this marvelously deadpan double feature.
Please bear in mind that the first half of the movie, the boxing movie, was filmed in color but is supposed to be printed in black and white, and it was, but some time after the release, one of the dimbulbs at the studio had himself something like an idea, only smaller, and said, "Hey! Color is gooder'n' black and white!" And it is, all except for the part where they left out the word "not."
Anyway, the writing, the cinematography, the singing, the dancing, and best of all, the death scenes, are carried out with 100% conviction, and none of the smarmy smirking that mars so many would-be pastiches of old-time movies. I saw this first in the theater, but was able to tape it off of the TV a few years later, and have watched it dozens of times since, continuing to find new jokes time and again. It's certainly in my all-time top ten, and I recommend it without hesitation or reservation. More here
, but your time would be better spent just watching it. You can start at 1:45 and skip George Burns's intro. It's kind of dull.
(I was going to use my "happy" icon with me in the tree, but it occurs to me that the one above, from 1971, is only seven years before the movie instead of 35 years after it, and thus may be more suitable.)