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Scared Silly
« on: February 13, 2010, 11:05:36 PM »
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  • Scared Silly launched a few months ago, courtesy of friend, fan and author Paul Castiglia. Paul's many credits include writing/editing for Archie Comics.

    His website blogs represent a work-in-progress, the beginnings of a book on the classic horror/thriller-genre comedies of The Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, The East Side Kids & The Bowery Boys, Our Gang, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, etc. Paul's already generated many fun reviews... check them out at the above link.

    Paul recently posted his first Three Stooges film review, IDLE ROOMERS (1944). SPOOKS! (1953) and others are in his future plans.


    From the October 2009 site launch, Paul detailed his internet and publishing plans...
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    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
    ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF SCARED SILLY!
    THIS HALLOWEEN PAUL CASTIGLIA WANTS TO SCARE YOU SILLY!

    Veteran writer-editor launches blog to preview upcoming book on classic Hollywood horror-comedies

    Transylvania, 6-5000 (October 13, 2009) – Do you like laughs with your gasps? Do you prefer your horror on the hysterical side? For anyone who enjoys the pairings of ghouls and fools, spooks and kooks and madcaps and monsters, prepare to be scared silly!

    This Halloween at midnight, veteran writer-editor Paul Castiglia launches a blog to preview his forthcoming book, SCARED SILLY: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD HORROR-COMEDIES. The blog can accessed at http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com

    It’s been said that comedy and drama are close cousins – what is dramatic for one person may be funny for another. The connection between laughing and being scared might be even closer. Both are a way of releasing emotion, and when laughter follows a scare it relieves tension. In literature, drama and especially in movies, the concept of including a funny sight gag or line of dialogue after a dramatic event in an otherwise serious story came to be known as “comic relief.”

    By the 1920s, playwrights flipped the formula by introducing scares into otherwise comical stories in works like “The Cat & the Canary,” “Tbe Bat” and “The Gorilla.” Hollywood was quick to follow suit. The horror-comedy has been a venerable movie staple from the start when silent film comedians including Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd successfully used scares to get laughs.

    Horror-comedies were so popular that famous 1930s comedy teams like Laurel & Hardy and The Three Stooges were able to bring the form into the sound era, paving the way for brash 1940s comedy stars like Bob Hope and the ultimate horror-comedy players, Abbott & Costello to perfect the genre.

    Castiglia’s blog and book will offer readers a fun overview of horror-comedy films spanning the 1920s through 1966, the year Don Knotts’ “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” was released. “In my mind, ‘The Ghost and Mr. Chicken’ was the last traditional horror-comedy, devoid of PG elements that would pepper later efforts,” said Castiglia.

    Also covered will be horror-comedy entries in famous film series including The Little Rascals and The Bowery Boys, and efforts by comedians wildly popular in their day but less well-known now like Wheeler & Woolsey, Hugh Herbert and Olsen & Johnson. Of note to fans of oddball cinema is the inclusion of Brown & Carney, a team pre-fabricated by RKO to compete with Abbott & Costello and Mitchell & Petrillo, the latter aping Jerry Lewis so well that many viewers thought they were watching the real thing! Like Abbott & Costello, both teams share beloved boogeyman Bela Lugosi as a co-star.

    The book will include a foreword by noted film and TV character actor, monster-movie-memorabilia collector and spook-show reenactor Daniel Roebuck. Roebuck is no stranger to horror-comedies, having appeared in the critically acclaimed “Bubba Ho-Tep” with Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis as well as the new hit web series from Crackle.com, “Woke Up Dead” with Jon Heder. As alter-ego Dr. Shocker, Roebuck has performed on-stage in an authentic reenactment of midnight spook shows.

    SCARED SILLY doesn’t have a publisher yet, but that’s all part of Castiglia’s plan.

    “I’m still writing it, so providing readers with new blog entries on a regular basis keeps the project going. In the process, my goal is to build up a large fan base that will embrace the finished book, which will include additional content. Between the fan base and the involvement of Daniel Roebuck, I ultimately hope to interest the right publisher.”

    Paul Castiglia has been writing and editing comic books and pop-culture articles for 20 years, most notably overseeing the ARCHIE AMERICANA paperback series of classic Archie Comics reprints. His past forays into horror-comedy include providing a chapter for the book MIDNIGHT MARQUEE ACTOR SERIES: VINCENT PRICE covering Price’s comedic horror films with Peter Lorre, and writing the comic book based on the animated series ARCHIE'S WEIRD MYSTERIES. Castiglia has also edited the upcoming ARCHIE COMICS HAUNTED HOUSE trade paperback collection of spooky Archie Comics stories.

    Daniel Roebuck has spent the last 25 years building an impressive resume chock full of blockbuster films (THE FUGITIVE), kids movies (AGENT CODY BANKS), horror movies (HALLOWEEN 2) and television series (LOST). He has portrayed many people, including famous ones like Jay Leno and Garry Marshall. Although he has fulfilled nearly every dream of his childhood—like appearing in MAD MAGAZINE, becoming a HALLOWEEN MASK and having his mug on a few TRADING CARDS—Roebuck refuses to retire (despite countless threats) and continues to work as one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors!

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 08:39:32 AM »
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  • Feb. 20's Scared Silly blog looks at Schilling & Lane's PARDON MY TERROR (1946), a film originally intended as the Stooges' 98th short subject.

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 12:17:05 PM »
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  • Thanks Brent!

    If anybody wants to actually view PARDON MY TERROR, search through this thread.

    http://threestooges.net/forums/index.php?topic=3209.0

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010, 03:28:59 AM »
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  • I watched “Pardon My Terror”.  I have to say it really is a shame the Stooges did not get to use this script- in my view it was perfect for them and would probably have been a “4 Poker” for most of us fans.   It also has all of the best supporting players from that era,  Christine McIntyre, Vernon Dent, Kenneth MacDonald, Dudley Dickerson and last but not least, Emil Sitka.  And the scenarios in the script are all perfect for stooging.  Schilling and Lane actually so a fairly good job with the material, but it seems obvious to me Moe Larry and Curley would have hit a home run with this script.

    If anyone else watches this, I would be curious as to whether your opinion comes close to mine.  Also, I wondered as I watched this if this is the same set used in “Who Done It” with Shemp from 1949 and whether some of “Pardon My Terror” was reworked in “Who Done it”       

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #4 on: February 23, 2010, 08:28:19 PM »
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  • I watched “Pardon My Terror”.  I have to say it really is a shame the Stooges did not get to use this script- in my view it was perfect for them and would probably have been a “4 Poker” for most of us fans.   It also has all of the best supporting players from that era,  Christine McIntyre, Vernon Dent, Kenneth MacDonald, Dudley Dickerson and last but not least, Emil Sitka.  And the scenarios in the script are all perfect for stooging.  Schilling and Lane actually so a fairly good job with the material, but it seems obvious to me Moe Larry and Curley would have hit a home run with this script.

    If anyone else watches this, I would be curious as to whether your opinion comes close to mine.  Also, I wondered as I watched this if this is the same set used in “Who Done It” with Shemp from 1949 and whether some of “Pardon My Terror” was reworked in “Who Done it”       


    I think it would've been a good script with a HEALTHY Curly.  As things worked out, we got mostly the same script with Shemp in 1949 and got a classic out of it.  No complaints here.

    I didn't care much for "Pardon My Terror," but maybe I need to watch it again.  I did enjoy the electric seat gag at the end.  Too bad that didn't show up in the Stooge version.

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #5 on: February 23, 2010, 10:39:35 PM »
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  • I agree – a healthy Curley would have been a necessity.  I meant to say that in my original post.

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #6 on: April 28, 2010, 05:50:52 PM »
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  • Hello Stooge fans - well I finally registered for this site.  Looking forward to all the site has to offer!

    I wanted to share my latest review with you from my blog-to-book project, "Scared Silly: Classic Hollywood Horror-Comedies."  Today I posted a review of the Stooges' "Spooks."  You can read the review at this link:

    http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com/2010/04/spooks-1953.html

    Enjoy!

    Paul Castiglia [3stooges]

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #7 on: April 28, 2010, 05:55:33 PM »
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  • Welcome to the site, Paul.  I read and enjoyed your review earlier today in Google Reader; I've subscribed to your feed since I saw Brent's recommendation.   ;D

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    « Reply #8 on: April 28, 2010, 06:59:34 PM »
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  • Thank you Dunrobin - I appreciate it!  :)


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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #9 on: April 29, 2010, 07:51:01 AM »
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  • Nice to see you here, Paul!
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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #10 on: May 08, 2010, 08:14:01 AM »
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  • Thank you, FineBari3.

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Brent who has been a great cheerleader for the "Scared Silly" project and more importantly has graciously helped me a time or two with fact-checking.  He's definitely among the most learned people I've ever met on classic comedy, and a foremost Stooge authority.  Thank you, Brent!

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #11 on: January 26, 2012, 10:34:04 AM »
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  • January 26, 2012's Scared Silly blog looks at OUTER SPACE JITTERS (1957).

    Past Stooges-related entries discussed are IDLE ROOMERS (1944), SPOOKS! (1953) and PARDON MY TERROR (1947).  The site's right margin has an index of prior blogged titles starring Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, the East Side Kids, Kay Kyser, and more.

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    Re: Scared Silly
    « Reply #12 on: January 26, 2012, 06:05:16 PM »
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  • Thanks for the plug, BeAStooge!  Please take a look at the site everyone and feel free to comment.  In addition to the Stooge reviews I have some other Columbia short reviews up including Schilling & Lane's "Pardon My Terror" and a couple of Hugh Herbert/Dudley Dickerson entries.  The eventual book will include reviews of ALL the Stooge shorts and features that have horror-comedy overtones.  Enjoy!

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    « Reply #13 on: June 24, 2013, 08:32:15 PM »
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  • After an unintentional hiatus, I am back to posting reviews for my SCARED SILLY project. Today I returned with my review of THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT which you can read here:

    http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-three-stooges-in-orbit-1962.html

    For those may have missed my previous Stooges reviews, here they are:

    IDLE ROOMERS: http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com/2010/02/idle-roomers-1944.html

    SPOOKS: http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com/2010/04/spooks-1953.html

    OUTER SPACE JITTERS: http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com/2012/01/outer-space-jitters-1957.html

    The final book will have reviews and/or mentions of ALL the Stooges' horror-comedies.

    ENJOY!

     


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