OK. Ready to vote! I worked harder on this than my job, for what it's worth..... Three Stooges
OK, time for the "newbie" judge to render his one verdict. (By the way, this segment of the message boards is thoroughly entertaining to this ol' debater, as it tends to remind yours truly of the Three Stooges work, and the glorious Hollywood of old at the same time. OK, slobbering rant over.)
I went into this debate as a judge that is always impartial, and one that realizes that my personal opinion should in no way become a part of the argument. How I feel about the question and my personal opinion about same should be rendered moot. So, we get down to the question, with it's VERY important wording.
Should Moe, Larry and Curly have made the switch to full length features?
The devil is in the wording of the question, as far as I was concerned. The question, as it appeared not at the beginning of the debate, but listed in every reply, read, “Should Moe, Larry and Curly Have Made MOVIES?” A great question in it’s own right, and, when thinking of the arguments and the rebuttals, one thing in my mind stood out that metaldams said, in his rebuttal —
"Hypothetically, I agree The Three Stooges could've made great feature films if they found the right team to work with." Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. A BIG point for the opposing side.
Fillem, if the question for this very interesting debate would have been, “Should Moe, Larry and Curly Have Made MOVIES,” you would have scored my vote for the win, and been one vote closer to a 12-month subscription to the Stooges’ Journal.
Alas, ‘tis not the case.
The actual official question WAS, “Should Moe, Larry and Curly have made the switch to full length features? “ VERY different subject. One that metaldams quite adequately addresses, with references to the unavailability of the right people to helm the project, the time of Hollywood’s history and the genre moving away from that style and brand of entertainment, and metal’s mentioning of the lamentable “Rockin’ In The Rockies,” which I tried to diffuse for you, to no avail. (You’d need a true bomb expert to keep that one from detonating...LOL)
Fillem, you had a tough nut to crack, because what YOU were suggesting the Stooges do would have changed cinematic history. I gave you a chance to paint a rosy historical picture of the future with the Stooges moving into the Feature Film area of Columbia, something that, in my mind, would have been an important part of your argument, something I would have needed to see from you — The Future of the Stooges in their new feature-fillem (get it?) style, both with Curly, and what would have been Shemp, as well, should the features have been a success.
"Swing Parade of 1946" may just have held clues you needed that the boys could be great in their own feature film , but that alone isn’t enough for me to side with you, and change cinematic history, and, in my humble opinion, not for the better.
My vote goes to metaldams, the 8-1 favorite in this debate. Both sides WELL represented, thoroughly enjoyable, and I’ll kick into a fund to help buy G-M-D-Fillem a subscription, because the wording of the question almost swung things over to his side. Fillem deserves it, contact me if the donations towards his subscription come in..... Cool