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Those merry madcaps of mayhem, Biffle & Shooster, in the movie that sets comedy back 75 years--to when it was, y'know, actually funny.

The legendary vaudeville team of Biffle and Shooster made 16 two-reel comedy shorts between 1934 and 1938; this was their final one. The boys get jobs in an art gallery on the very same day that a priceless painting is delivered. You can pretty much imagine how this will play out.

Those titans of tomfoolery, Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan, star as Biffle and Shooster, joined by such "Lost Skeleton" vets as Daniel Roebuck, Andrew Parks, Fay Masterson, and The Woman Of A Thousand Headpieces, Alison Martin. Plus a surprise guest star! (No, not me.)

Shot in glorious B&W and 1.33:1, IT'S A FRAME-UP! will be an authentic-as-possible recreation of the glory days of Hollywood comedy teams, replete with snappy dialogue, grievous puns, plenty of slapstick, familiar-seeming character actors and even impressions--plus a plot twist or two or three. Yes, boys and girls, they CAN make 'em like they used to...and we're just the idiots to do it!

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The risks involved are minimal, as the cost of this film is relatively low and we are making it as a calling card to raise money for future features by Larry Blamire and other Bantam Street folks (including me). As it is not intended to make money in and of itself, there is little pressure other than to try and keep costs within the proscribed budget. (Any overages will of course come out of my own pocket, especially if we fail to meet our goal. And yes, I know I'm violating The Two Rules of "The Producers," but sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.)

As for challenges, obviously making a vintage-looking comedy in 2012 is not something a lot of people can--or even might--do, but the Bantam team is not only immensely talented but also used to working "in period." Thus I have no doubt that we will create a film that is as authentic as it is entertaining.

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  • Some people see Biffle and Shooster and say, "Why?" We see Biffle and Shooster and say, "Why not?"

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  • Nick and Will created the team some time ago, but never really did much with it; I don't think they even had first names. It seemed like the best way to establish them was to make an in-period two-reel comedy. Moreover, when was the last time anyone even MADE a two-reel comedy? It just seemed like a happy synchronicity begging to be taken advantage of.

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  • Well, it's possible, assuming we can afford to make another film that's not intended to recoup its costs. But as you can see on the right, we have plenty of titles to choose from. Plus I promised Will he could play the ukulele in the next one.

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  • Aw, c'mon. If we told you, it wouldn't be a surprise. But we'll give you a hint: it's not Chuck Norris.

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  • Would that we could afford film! But we can't. However, we'll do our darnedest to make sure it looks like film.

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  • 1. Never put your own money in the show.

    2. NEVER PUT YOUR OWN MONEY IN THE SHOW!!!!!

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