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Goof on the Roof (1953)
« on: March 25, 2016, 06:50:48 PM »
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  • http://www.threestooges.net/filmography/episode/151
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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.

    10/10



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    Re: Goof on the Roof ( 1953)
    « Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 07:20:53 PM »
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  • Review either later tonight or early tomorrow.  Beat Shemp_Diesel

    Edit: here it is, but without sex jokes.  I argue that there is one more short that may be worthy of a 10/10 rating (at least where 10/10 is perfect good, as we have some perfect bad to come too), and that short is next week's INCOME TAX SAPPY, although the much later GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE and BLUNDER BOYS will be quite good as well, but 10/10 probably won't arrive on those.

    Here, we have a treat in the form of traditional Stoogery: destroying the house.  Metaldams has already pointed out some highlights, but I will point out others that make this worthwhile: Moe and the cheese, the fire in the wall, and Shemp on the roof.

    This short just seems to find new ways to make us laugh.  A lot of this wouldn't have been possible were it not the 1950s, but it is and thus the boys have a TV to destroy.  I want a door to the kitchen like they have in this one!  I want to slam the door into people and cause buckets to land on their head!  [3stooges]

    Another great moment is Shemp saying "I'll be right down," right before he ***spoiler alert*** falls through the roof.  Enjoy it will it lasts folks because it's ALL downhill from here.

    10/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]

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    Re: Goof on the Roof ( 1953)
    « Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 07:46:29 PM »
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    Heh, very good you are...  :P


    Well, I guess the first thing I'll point out is that is one very catchy rendition of Three Blind Mice that opens this short. From this point going forward, it's those opening renditions of Mice that may be the best thing about many of the Shemps coming up. But not so here...

    While I wouldn't say Goof is the last short in the 9 or 10 range, they will be rarer going forward--although, next week's short is a treat, too (imo).

    Some of the highpoints--Moe's soap and vinegar sandwich (mmmm, heavenly), Shemp's cracker-jack ring, the wholesale destruction of Bill's house, which speaks for itself. Basically, everything we've come to love about the Shemp-era stooges--confined to one or 2 rooms, and beating the hell out of each other & tearing shit up as they do it.  :D

    9 out of 10...
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 10:26:22 AM »
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  • "Goof on the Roof" is an excellent short, and has been pointed out, not too many will follow.  Those of us who are not mechanical geniuses (genii?), or even a genius of the lamp, can enjoy the destruction of the TV set, the antenna, and the wall.  The Stooges certainly would have liked today's TV sets, not having all that junk in them.

    A number of times I have tried (not all that successfully) to fix something, and Moe's famous line from this short was something I generally said:  "Just for that, you don't go in there!"

    Shemp looked like he was wearing a wetsuit when he was getting soaked with the buckets of water.  If not, maybe he should have worn one.

    And where else does the bride carry the groom across the threshold?  Maxine Gates would have made a great wrestler -- possibly against Gorgeous George Wagner and Buddy Rogers and the others back then.



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    Re: Goof on the Roof ( 1953)
    « Reply #4 on: March 26, 2016, 11:31:59 AM »
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  • This short just seems to find new ways to make us laugh.  A lot of this wouldn't have been possible were it not the 1950s, but it is and thus the boys have a TV to destroy.
    What about the TV (Albeit a primitive TV/Radio Hybrid, probably not unlike what was promoted at the 1939 New York World's Fair!) that gets destroyed in  A PLUMBING WE WILL GO (1940)?  In my opinion, that was hilarious!

    Just an observation.

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    Re: Goof on the Roof ( 1953)
    « Reply #5 on: March 26, 2016, 12:38:55 PM »
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  • What about the TV (Albeit a primitive TV/Radio Hybrid, probably not unlike what was promoted at the 1939 New York World's Fair!) that gets destroyed in A PLUMBING WE WILL GO (1940)?  In my opinion, that was hilarious!

    Yes, but in those days TVs were things only the rich had, and that was destroyed via plumbing.  This is a commoner's TV being hand-destroyed by three knuckleheads :P
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #6 on: March 26, 2016, 01:19:43 PM »
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  • Perhaps people here are not such big fans of dummy action in the Stooge shorts as I am, but to me the fall of Shemp—the "Goof" of the title—through the roof and directly into the television, presented with a flamingly obvious dummy moving in fast motion, is not just the high point of the short but one of the high points of all the shorts around this time. It makes me laugh out loud every time, and the phoniness of the dummy is part of what does so.

    This short also seems to me to illustrate the point that a successful Stooge short requires not just an occasion for the Stooges to engage in their characteristic violent and destructive acts but also a coherent plot. This short has a plot of simple linear form, driven by a single motive: "improving" Bill's house. What makes the short effective is not just that the Stooges do things that are funny individually (though they certainly are that), but that all their doings are part of a single coherent action of home improvement, Stooge-style—which means, of course, turning a neat little bungalow into a "rat's nest," as Bill's bride calls it.

    Larry, trying to get the control knob out of the wall: "I need either a longer arm or a shorter wall. Shorter wall!"

    Shemp, seeing Larry in his own former position of having a bucket of water over his head: "Is that me?"

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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #7 on: March 26, 2016, 01:29:04 PM »
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  • Another little thing I like--at the beginning when the boys wake up, and Larry striking the match on Shemp's neck; "Aah, what are you squawking about?"


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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #8 on: March 26, 2016, 06:30:01 PM »
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  • What kind of goof uses an axe as a hammer?
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #9 on: March 26, 2016, 06:59:59 PM »
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  • What kind of goof uses an axe as a hammer?


    Heh, good question--btw, how many things in this short were "cock-eyed?" From what I remember, there was the door, the bar of soap, and the tv antenna--am I leaving anything out?

     :P
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #10 on: March 27, 2016, 01:35:45 AM »
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  •  Not a fan of this one at all. Makes me yearn  for remakes.  Too much senseless stuff.

    I give it a 3.  It could be lower but worse ones are coming up
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #11 on: March 27, 2016, 07:15:04 AM »
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  • Not a fan of this one at all. Makes me yearn  for remakes.  Too much senseless stuff.

    I give it a 3.  It could be lower but worse ones are coming up

    What, exactly, is senseless?

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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #12 on: March 27, 2016, 10:26:54 AM »
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  • Totally destroying items like a bulldozer.  Unlike other shorts there were interactions with the stuff they blew up.  A Plumbing We Would Go has Curly fighting with inanimate objects ... Moe and Larry also talking to them etc.  I probably am not making sense but most of the shorts there is stupidity - which is what the stooges are - as opposed to just trashing things ...

    Now Moe does have some of that banter by saying 'Just for that you are not going back in' ... I don't know, I was uneasy during the short ... never laughed or even gave a guffaw   :laugh: during the short.

    The Stooges were made for doing stupid things with great timing and one-liners and physical comedy ....It set them apart ... This one to me there was nothing special with it ...
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #13 on: March 27, 2016, 01:42:44 PM »
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  • Not one mention of the feather-duster through Shemp's ears--amazing....  :P
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #14 on: March 27, 2016, 02:03:04 PM »
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  • There is amazing humor when the stupid act stupid and think that they are smart.  Sounds like Trump and Sanders, except they'd be Two Stooges.  [pie]

    Not one mention of the feather-duster through Shemp's ears--amazing....  :P

    God bless you, and have a Happy Easter!  You're noticing all the good bits the rest of us didn't  :D 

    We didn't mention Shemp throwing the bucket and smashing the vase which resulted in the feather-duster incident.  Or how about Moe taking Larry's match, throwing it in the wall, and then blaming Larry for the fire?  We can go all day with this short.
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #15 on: March 27, 2016, 02:24:39 PM »
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  • Yes, this is a good little 2-week respite we have with Goof and next week's short--before we get back to what I would call "Jules White's thrift shop" when we get back to the retreads. But, I'll vent on those when the time comes....

     :-\

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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #16 on: March 29, 2016, 06:24:34 AM »
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  • Yes, this is a good little 2-week respite we have with Goof and next week's short--before we get back to what I would call "Jules White's thrift shop" when we get back to the retreads. But, I'll vent on those when the time comes....

     :-\

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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #17 on: May 15, 2016, 10:43:42 AM »
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  • I never fail to laugh at the obvious Shemp dummy that comes crashing through the ceiling and destroying the TV.

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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
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  • I tend to agree:  where would this be without the Shemp dummy falling through the roof at lightning speed?  And, to give credit where it's due, a great Shemp overdub yell, and excellent sound effects?  This one would still be okay, though I agree with Kopfy that the constant destruction in the name of repair work gets old fast.  It has none of the finesse and class of similar scenes in, say, They Stooge to Conga. You can tell from the title that the production team knew that the fall from the roof was the big laugh, and for sure it's one of the best effects in stoogedom.  I would never say that this is a one-joke short, it's actually pretty good ( although, let's face it, the ending sucks ), but without the all-world fall, this would have been all-world mediocre.

     

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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
    « Reply #19 on: May 19, 2016, 06:59:41 PM »
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  • I tend to agree:  where would this be without the Shemp dummy falling through the roof at lightning speed?  And, to give credit where it's due, a great Shemp overdub yell, and excellent sound effects?  This one would still be okay, though I agree with Kopfy that the constant destruction in the name of repair work gets old fast.  It has none of the finesse and class of similar scenes in, say, They Stooge to Conga. You can tell from the title that the production team knew that the fall from the roof was the big laugh, and for sure it's one of the best effects in stoogedom.  I would never say that this is a one-joke short, it's actually pretty good ( although, let's face it, the ending sucks ), but without the all-world fall, this would have been all-world mediocre.

    A blatantly obvious dummy is ALWAYS a good thing.
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    Re: Goof on the Roof (1953)
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  • While very good, I just wasn't as wowed by this one as others.  To be fair, this may have been partly due to the cropped nature of the widescreen for this short, which I found rather jarring at times when I got the feeling that I was missing something.

    Also, when we finally get to see Shemp on the roof, it is so noticeably not a real roof, and the next door house backdrop looks FAF!  In my case, it probably doesn't help that I tend to mentally compare this short with the 1930 Laurel and Hardy two reel gem, HOG WILD (1930), which is rich with real outdoor location shooting.  In one of The Essential Collection commentaries for that short, Richard Correll does heap praise on this short, which he mistakenly refers to as GOOFS ON A ROOF.

    To be honest, I think that I'd need to view this GOOF ON THE ROOF in Academy Ratio to evaluate it more fairly.  As it stands, I give this short an 8/10.

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