Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.
I'm so sorry I fell down.
Life is too serious to do farce comedy.
No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat.
They say pantomime's a lost art. It's never been a lost art and never will be, because it's too natural to do.
Well, I'd say that the minute sound came in, it was everybody talking their heads off and going for dialogue laughs. All your writers did the same thing. Once that started, it took years to ever get anybody even to touch that old type of material again