March 11, 2013
Warner Archive is releasing a nine-film DVD set of Bert Wheeler (left) and Robert Woolsey, a popular comedic act of the 1930s.
The comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, was RKO's top duo in the 1930s. Other comedic acts of the era such as the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges have had enduring appeal. But Wheeler and Woolsey are only known to the most ardent comedy buffs, mainly because Woolsey died of kidney disease in 1938. Warner Archive is reintroducing the two with its new three-disc, nine-film Wheeler and Woolsey set that includes 1930's "Hook, Line and Sinker," 1934's "Hips, Hips, Hooray" and 1935's "The Nitwits," directed by George Stevens. Perky Dorothy Lee appears in many of the films as Wheeler's love interest.