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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2008, 11:11:13 PM »
For me it's right about the time of Busy Buddies (1944) , where I start to see a difference in Curly. I first notice his speech to be a little slurred. then, as time goes by I notice his actions and appearance change. The 5 shorts that I find almost unbearable to watch because of Curly's ill health are. If A Body Meets A Body, Beer Barrel PoleCats, Monkey Businessmen, Three Loan Wolves and Half-Wits Holiday.

I think the first signs, appearnce wise, and only slightly, is PHONY EXPRESS, though Curly's still funny in that short.  One of the bad things about watching the shorts in order on the new set is watching Curly decline.  Vol. 4 starts out great but it gets a little depressing towards the end.  Vol. 5 won't get much better 'til Shemp joins.


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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2008, 12:26:58 PM »
One of several Wikipedia entries that are not true, written by someone who was banned from this site for making a series of fictional posts (including that one), even after repeated warnings.

And for the record, there is no such book.

Thanks for pointing that out Brent, I went and deleted it from Shemp's Wiki entry.
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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2008, 06:17:00 PM »
So, Shemp did not have a stroke at all then?  Or is only the wiki stuff about the book wrong?

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2008, 09:18:02 PM »
So, Shemp did not have a stroke at all then?  Or is only the wiki stuff about the book wrong?

Just the book, Shemp died of a heart attack
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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2017, 03:47:23 AM »
To me the first short where Curly seems to be starting to slip is "The Yoke's On Me", Curly doesn't seem 100% energetic in that short.

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2017, 07:45:40 PM »
It seems that his last great performance was Micro-Phonies. If that had been his final film, he would have went out on top. At least, we wouldn't have had to see him obviously in a lot of pain.

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2017, 07:48:02 PM »
It seems that his last great performance was Micro-Phonies. If that had been his final film, he would have went out on top. At least, we wouldn't have had to see him obviously in a lot of pain.

I've thought it was interesting seeing Curly in an up period for "Micro-Phonies" considering he was in a down period for two previously filmed shorts "If A Body Meets A Body" and "A Bird In The Head".

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2017, 07:49:36 PM »
I've thought it was interesting seeing Curly in an up period for "Micro-Phonies" considering he was in a down period for two previously filmed shorts "If A Body Meets A Body" and "A Bird In The Head".

Yes. He was still having some good days at that point, but not many soon after.

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2017, 08:01:25 PM »
Yes. He was still having some good days at that point, but not many soon after.

Another shorts I've thought Curly gave a good performance on was "Uncivil War Birds" and "Three Little Pirates".

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #34 on: December 20, 2017, 09:07:09 PM »
To me the first short where Curly seems to be starting to slip is "The Yoke's On Me", Curly doesn't seem 100% energetic in that short.
Perhaps, I simply haven't viewed these shorts enough times, but not much if anything in the 1944 shorts really jumps out at me, regarding Curly noticeably slipping.  A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945) does seem an accurate starting point at which any Curly slippage first becomes obvious to casual viewers.

I was very surprised regarding one Forum member actually citing PHONY EXPRESS (1943) as a possible beginning of Curly's slippage, as it was his performance in this short that really hooked me on his unique brand of comedy!

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2017, 09:13:17 PM »
Another shorts I've thought Curly gave a good performance on was "Uncivil War Birds" and "Three Little Pirates".
I agree regarding Curly's performance in both of these shorts, although his illness does seem more visually apparent in THREE LITTLE PIRATES (1946).

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2017, 09:34:24 PM »
I also noticed in "Crash Goes The Hash" that Curly was not using the "Curly" voice. He was speaking in a lower register. He didn't appear sick at all, just not using that higher voice. Actually, in that short, Bud Jamison looks sickly.

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Re: When did Curly begin to slip?
« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2017, 10:48:11 PM »
I also noticed in "Crash Goes The Hash" that Curly was not using the "Curly" voice. He was speaking in a lower register. He didn't appear sick at all, just not using that higher voice. Actually, in that short, Bud Jamison looks sickly.
Well, Bud Jamison did die from Diabetic complications in September, 1944.  :(