This gag is so simple, only a genius could have invented it–a genius like Jimmy Durante. He first performed it on a Vaudeville stage and later, as you can see, in the movies.
The enduring legacy of this inspired comedy bit is the entrance into everyday language of that saying about ignoring the elephant in the living room.
[Note: You may have noticed I’m taking a break from writing about Democrats today. One can only take so much.]