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What a bittersweet short to review. We've been on this journey for about three years now (!), and we've discussed a lot of good ones. I think that while the four original Shemp shorts going forward, the best of what we will discuss, have merit, there will never be a film we discuss again as classic as this one. Two Howards and a Fine, boxed in settings, lots of slapstick, minimal plot that never gets in the way of the fun, this is Stooging at its purest. Maybe one of the few remaining originals will surprise me and score a 10, I don't know. However, this is the last film before rewatching it where I already knew the 10/10 rating is upon us.
Not too much to say because it's basic slapstick, simple and direct. Still, I would like to touch on a few things. The beginning, love those bunny pajamas, but for such a slapstick fest, there is a subtle bit of humor. Think about it, Bill gets married and throws the boys out of the house, one day's notice. How do they react? They'll build a TV for the guy and think it's nice they sent them a telegram! Hysterical.
Love the reoccurring gags of the slipping of the soap and Shemp having various ways of getting a bucket full of water stuck on his head. Another theme of this short seems to be destroying lots of property to regain a little. Larry makes a Swiss cheese wall just so he can get that television knob and Shemp destroys the inside of that television just to get a Cracker Jack ring! Even Moe loses the plot of fixing the television. A piece of it gives him a knock of the head, so he deems the piece not worthy of going back in. Again, hysterical.
The climax, which involves the boys knocked out on the ground surrounded by absolute destruction, is one of the great Stooge shots. Even the shotgun in the ass gag seems funnier here than normal, for some reason. Excellent short all around, it will never get this good again.