Odd Couples And Midnight Cowboys: Dynamic Duos of TV and Film

By | October 25, 2018

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Left: Laverne & Shirley; right: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. Source: IMDB

Laverne and Shirley, Butch and Sundance -- call them partners in crime or dynamic duos, a well-matched TV or movie team is comedy or drama gold. The buddy movie is a staple of cinema, and its small-screen analog is equally widespread. Shows like Starsky & Hutch and The Odd Couple were shooting for a balance of personalities, and judging by audience reaction, they got it right. The balance of power didn't need to be equal -- Don Knotts' Barney Fife was the supporting character on The Andy Griffith Show, but Andy without Barney wasn't anywhere near as fun, was it? Here are some of the great teams of TV and movies from the '50s through the early '80s, although we're only scratching the surface. What pairs would you add to this list?

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

This duo captivated the audience in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969), with Butch Cassidy played by Paul Newman and the Sundance Kid, Harry Longabaugh, was played by Robert Redford. Both of these actors are very popular in many movies that we love to watch. In this particular movie, the two are on the run after several train robberies and then they take off for Bolivia. The movie actually inspired the show Alias Smith And Jones, which was about two outlaws trying to go straight by earning amnesty. Another movie was produced in 1979 named Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, which was a prequel.