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Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:15:17 AM »
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    If the greatness of a Stooge short is to be judged by how much one laughs, then I'd have to consider this great, as I laughed a lot upon this most recent viewing.  The short has a pretty simple premise: the boys are fish salesmen who are conned into buying a beauty salon when they think they are buying a saloon. A "business owner" then wants the boys to bleach blonde his "chorus girls" and havoc ensues. 

    Anyway, the whole fresh fish idea is the same as in Laurel and Hardy's TOWED IN A HOLE.  The pretty customer on the street who they try to sell fish to is also from Laurel and Hardy, namely Anita Garvin.  There she was boys, the girl of your dreams, and she gets wasted in a mere one Stooge short.  They let her get away.  First Lorna Gray moves on, then this!  Well, Christine McIntyre's a few years away, so justice will be served eventually.

    I really enjoy the whole beauty salon bit.  Once they get into the salon, the short reminds me of the classic Shemp shorts of the late 40's and early 50's.  One room and a ton of great slapstick.  The close up of Moe getting white powder all over his face to me is an iconic shot.  I also love the little machine gun routine Curly does shortly after with the old school blow dryer.  Also, props to Dorothy Appleby in this one, she takes some slapstick like a trooper.  Her character must sleep well, as I think I'd wake up if somebody broke an egg on my face.  Also, the mud pack bit is classic Stooges.  I hate to sound like a perv, so my apologies in advance, but I gotta call it like I see it.  That mud pack made it look like a giant penis was protruding out of her face.

    Another great short overall.

    9/10
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014, 08:24:23 AM »
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  • Another goodie in the stooge canon. I've always wondered why there's a stuntman driving at the opening of the short before they cut to Larry in the truck? Enjoyed Moe's "fish rap", the lady getting pelted right in the face with a rotten fish which kills her plants, weak fish.. smells strong to me.

    Curly's pantomime bit where he's pretending to serve drinks is another one of his iconic moments. I also enjoyed what looked like a real moment of angst when Curly smacks Moe in the face with the mud & Moe stops to look at him then there's a quick cut. I always like to think Curly was really pissed at Moe or Moe was a bit aggravated by that little impromptu slap to his face.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 08:30:46 AM »
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  • Not much to say besides lots of yucks, but nothing special.
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #3 on: April 13, 2014, 09:20:56 AM »
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  • I have mixed feelings on this one. I find the beginning when the boys are on the street selling fish funnier than when they are in the beauty salon. I do like the part where the boys invent the face dildo. The ending when the girls end up with Larry Fine haircuts is pretty funny too. Oh what the Hell, now that I watched it again it's better than I remember and I rate it a 8.   
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #4 on: April 14, 2014, 06:30:44 PM »
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  • I would like to have seen what happened to the dog..
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #5 on: April 14, 2014, 11:02:21 PM »
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  • First half is fine.  Second half is too rough on the senoritas.  I detect stand-ins and dummies, and they're still too rough on the senoritas.  Pounding, literally pounding, on Dorothy Appleby ain't too hilarious.
    Curly's bartending pantomime was also censored when I was a kid.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #6 on: April 14, 2014, 11:32:52 PM »
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  • For some reason the whole "Go get some mud!" --  "In her eye?" exchange betwixt Moe and Larry always has me on the floor, as does Larry's later joyful cry of "Mud!" after he follows the dos senoritas.  Curly's bar tending mime is also hilarious, as is his "Yata binifuch yo timine curaaaang!" Spanish aria and native folk dance.   The plot of this one (and BOOBY DUPES and IF A BODY MEETS A BODY) is plundered from Laurel and Hardy.  As has been pointed out, L & H supporting player Anita Garvin makes a brief appearance. 
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 03:09:01 PM »
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  • Now whenever I see the title I think of Andrew Bynum in his short stay in Cleveland.  That said, this short was my mother's favorite, because she was a hairstylist and she always just basically shook her head at how the Stooges made bleach -- well, that and the "beauty saloon."  And while not much of a Stooge fan, she always remarked how obvious the girls' bald wigs were.  That reminds me, Egghead is this week's special guest villain on Batman.

    I've always liked this short, both the fish part and the "S-E-L-U-N-E" part.  Maybe Dorothy Appleby should have received hazard pay for all she went through with the mud pack and the ripping of the curlers out of her hair as it were.  Glad to meet me.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 09:16:54 AM »
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  • Good acting, timing etc.  however to not one of their bests.  I am not sure why. I watched it last week and fell asleep, so I went to watch it again and my eyes were also getting heavy. Very weird.

    The song is great on  what type of fish they have, some great word play.  Short falls flat when compared to other ones of this timeframe.

    I give it a 7.
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 11:14:54 AM »
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  •  :-\ I do find this one quite weak; not on the level of Even as IOU but getting there. Of course there are things of interest...the whole business with Dorothy Appleby in the chair is unreal. "What lunch hooks!" As a woman who either grew or had my nails "done" for years, this always makes me wince. Curly wiggling his ears; did he really do that? The powder thing, the dryer thing, the bellows thing, the henna color joke; even the part with getting hair remover on the dog that goes nowhere...bleh. While I never jump this one as I always jump Even as IOU, I don't like it much at all.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 01:39:33 PM »
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  • Could that be the last short to use the Columbia 1940-42 Short Subject Presentation logo with the last three words on the steps of the Columbia torch lady's pedestal and "THE END" surrounding the lady?

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #11 on: July 11, 2014, 09:40:13 AM »
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  • Wrong short. Meant another one.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #12 on: December 21, 2014, 10:13:54 AM »
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  • First half is fine.  Second half is too rough on the senoritas.  I detect stand-ins and dummies, and they're still too rough on the senoritas.  Pounding, literally pounding, on Dorothy Appleby ain't too hilarious.

    Yup. Much of this short is very funny stuff, but the "beauty" treatment administered to the four -Itas is repellent to me. Pies in the face are one thing, but assaults on women with brute force and chemical agents are quite another. The mud applied to the face of Rosita (Dorothy Appleby) would have suffocated her (I actually wonder how the actress herself endured it through the shot in which it is first applied, before she is replaced by a dummy), and I find nothing funny about how the Stooges hammer it off, or about Moe's shearing off her fingernails. The same goes for their removing the hair from the heads of three girls whose livelihood depends on their looking attractive. The moral ugliness of this abuse is aggravated by the fact that these three have very little control over the situation. Their employer has made the decision to get them turned into blondes and has entrusted them to the Stooges for that purpose. They speak English poorly or not at all, and have to do as they are told if they want to keep working. Ordinarily, the Stooges inflict violence and indignities on bullies, stuffed shirts, and buffoons, but these are just three helpless, unpretentious, and trusting young women. I usually skip to the next short on the disc once the mud pack business starts in this one, and watching the whole thing to the end on this occasion only confirmed me in that policy.

    Setting aside all that ugliness, we have the fish-selling sequence, whose praises have been amply sung here, and two encounters with Mexican businessmen: the realtor in San Diego ("You geev me $300 and I geev you deh beezness!") and the dance hall proprietor in Cucaracha ("1410 South American way, no cover charge anytime"). Regarding the realtor: I was recently complaining about Lynton Brent's bad acting in a thread on another short, but in this case, the cheesiness of his performance seems to me to fit the character perfectly. Given the shadiness of his sales tactics, it could very well be that the character is supposed to be an Anglo guy with his face painted brown, talking with a phony Mexican accent! The dance hall proprietor is one of my favorite bit characters. His combination of courtly smoothness with vulgar commercialism achieves its epitome when he answers the Stooges' "Glad to meet you!" with the self-assured but completely wrong response "Glad to meet me!" The Stooges cap this superbly when, after they have repeated his touting patter back to him, Moe tacks on to it, "Glad to meet me!" (I learn from this site that, although the actor was named Bob O'Connor (born O'Conor), he was Mexican by birth.)

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #13 on: December 21, 2014, 11:47:55 AM »
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  • Yup. Much of this short is very funny stuff, but the "beauty" treatment administered to the four -Itas is repellent to me. Pies in the face are one thing, but assaults on women with brute force and chemical agents are quite another. The mud applied to the face of Rosita (Dorothy Appleby) would have suffocated her (I actually wonder how the actress herself endured it through the shot in which it is first applied, before she is replaced by a dummy), and I find nothing funny about how the Stooges hammer it off, or about Moe's shearing off her fingernails. The same goes for their removing the hair from the heads of three girls whose livelihood depends on their looking attractive. The moral ugliness of this abuse is aggravated by the fact that these three have very little control over the situation. Their employer has made the decision to get them turned into blondes and has entrusted them to the Stooges for that purpose. They speak English poorly or not at all, and have to do as they are told if they want to keep working. Ordinarily, the Stooges inflict violence and indignities on bullies, stuffed shirts, and buffoons, but these are just three helpless, unpretentious, and trusting young women. I usually skip to the next short on the disc once the mud pack business starts in this one, and watching the whole thing to the end on this occasion only confirmed me in that policy.

    Setting aside all that ugliness, we have the fish-selling sequence, whose praises have been amply sung here, and two encounters with Mexican businessmen: the realtor in San Diego ("You geev me $300 and I geev you deh beezness!") and the dance hall proprietor in Cucaracha ("1410 South American way, no cover charge anytime"). Regarding the realtor: I was recently complaining about Lynton Brent's bad acting in a thread on another short, but in this case, the cheesiness of his performance seems to me to fit the character perfectly. Given the shadiness of his sales tactics, it could very well be that the character is supposed to be an Anglo guy with his face painted brown, talking with a phony Mexican accent! The dance hall proprietor is one of my favorite bit characters. His combination of courtly smoothness with vulgar commercialism achieves its epitome when he answers the Stooges' "Glad to meet you!" with the self-assured but completely wrong response "Glad to meet me!" The Stooges cap this superbly when, after they have repeated his touting patter back to him, Moe tacks on to it, "Glad to meet me!" (I learn from this site that, although the actor was named Bob O'Connor (born O'Conor), he was Mexican by birth.)

    Hugo, perhaps our minds work very differently, and perhaps you're better off than I am because of it, but I feel those girls getting the slapstick treatment they get is OK.  Judging by their appearance as well as the appearance of their boss, I've come to conclusion those girl work a very old profession, but with the Production Code in place in 1940, you obviously have to be careful in presenting such info.  Hey, that's my interpretation, and when viewed in that light, the slapstick to me is much funnier than it would be if say, April, May and June from OILY TO BED, OILY TO RISE got the same treatment.  But this is all only my interpretation, I know it's not explicitly stated in the film itself.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #14 on: December 21, 2014, 05:17:28 PM »
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  • Even if they were explicitly whores, it's not funny to wham them in the face with a mallet, either.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #15 on: December 21, 2014, 05:58:38 PM »
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  • Even if they were explicitly whores, it's not funny to wham them in the face with a mallet, either.

    "Yup," again. Their mode of employment is irrelevant. One might argue that Rosita (Dorothy Appleby) is bit sniffy and demanding, that she therefore needs taking down a peg, and that the cement mud pack is therefore fair play against her. She does, after all, sleep through it, and doesn't seem much the worse for it, so one could argue that it is just a passing indignity rather than a genuine injury. I can't regard it that way myself: to me it looks too harsh and violent for that. But at the moment I have no reply to such an argument. But none of this can extenuate clipping off her fingernails or removing the hair from the other girls.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #16 on: December 21, 2014, 07:55:50 PM »
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  • Even if they were explicitly whores, it's not funny to wham them in the face with a mallet, either.

    Look, if this were real life, of course I agree, but then again, 99% of things that happen in Stooge films would result in serious injury or death.  Stooge films are an alternative reality, and the point for me is to accept things in this fantasy world I would not accept elsewhere.

    As for what Hugo says, I do actually view this as a "passing indignity rather than a genuine injury," I think this sums it up perfectly.  If the girls were dead, of course I'd be appalled, but something tells me their hair and nails will grow back, and mallet shots aside, they seem pretty conscious and able to walk around just fine.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #17 on: December 21, 2014, 09:30:34 PM »
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  • I'm not arguing the morality of the thing, all I'm saying is that it's not funny.  Funny is a subjective concept and some other guy might be laughing hysterically, but I don't think it's funny.  I'll go no further than that.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #18 on: December 21, 2014, 10:11:04 PM »
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  • I'm not arguing the morality of the thing, all I'm saying is that it's not funny.  Funny is a subjective concept and some other guy might be laughing hysterically, but I don't think it's funny.  I'll go no further than that.

    I can totally respect that.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
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  • Oddly enough, this almost seems like a sequel to BOOBY DUPES.... only this episode was filmed five years before. Weird, ain't it??

    This episode is very good. I like the story and the whole stooges opening up a "saloon" was rather interesting. I do agree that the whole mud pack and slapstick on the girls was a bit disturbing. But I still found it funny. My favorite part was when Curly was flirting with the one of the girls and says "your English is atrocious" and then she takes it as a compliment. The whole part with the stooges balding the girls was funny too, but I can't help but feel that there is something missing. The hair remover spills on the dog, but we never see the dog ever again. Not that I'd want to see a bald dog (that would be creepy to watch). But it's just weird that they add a gag in but don't follow through with it.

    Other than a few flaws, this is a good episode.

    9/10

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #20 on: February 20, 2015, 11:23:49 AM »
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  •   Judging by their appearance as well as the appearance of their boss, I've come to conclusion those girl work a very old profession, but with the Production Code in place in 1940, you obviously have to be careful in presenting such info.

    I've always had the same kind of Will Hayes feeling about Cash and Carry. "Sis". Hmmm. Guess what; Sis is Mom! My dad was born in 1928 and found out when he was 8 years old that his "Sis" was his mother. It's what was done back then. If they hadn't; I wouldn't be here!  ;D

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #21 on: February 22, 2015, 06:09:23 PM »
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  • Hugo, perhaps our minds work very differently, and perhaps you're better off than I am because of it, but I feel those girls getting the slapstick treatment they get is OK.  Judging by their appearance as well as the appearance of their boss, I've come to conclusion those girl work a very old profession, but with the Production Code in place in 1940, you obviously have to be careful in presenting such info.  Hey, that's my interpretation, and when viewed in that light, the slapstick to me is much funnier than it would be if say, April, May and June from OILY TO BED, OILY TO RISE got the same treatment.  But this is all only my interpretation, I know it's not explicitly stated in the film itself.

    That is quite the interpretation.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
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  • So, I just watched this for the first time in at least 13 years!  What a wacky short.  The opening scenes with the boys as fish salesmen are pretty good and could have, done properly, made for an entire short.  Instead, we get whisked away to Mexico, where...

    WTF?!?!?!?!?!  This is one of the most incoherent segments in any short, but somehow it gets chuckles out of me... Larry finding the "mud," the introduction to the whores, Moe trimming the nails, the jackhammer on Curly's head... but it's all weird.  It's funny in a sick sort of way.

    7/10
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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
    « Reply #23 on: April 30, 2016, 07:41:11 AM »
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  • the introduction to the whores

    So I'm not the only one with this interpretation.  Either I'm right, or not alone in my insanity.  I'll take comfort in either.

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    Re: Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
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  • So I'm not the only one with this interpretation.  Either I'm right, or not alone in my insanity.  I'll take comfort in either.



    (1) That guy is with four ADULT ladies; (2) he is too worried about how pleasing they are; (3) he wants them to be gorgeous blondes; (4) etc. etc. etc.
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