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Outer Space Jitters (1957)
« on: October 21, 2016, 01:17:47 PM »
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  • http://www.threestooges.net/filmography/episode/181
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050810/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eyqXbiO-50c

    Watch OUTER SPACE JITTERS in the link above

          I have a feeling I'm going to disagree with the majority on this one.  For some reason, this is the third lowest rated Stooge short on threestooges.net.  I don't know why, my only guesses are people are harder on this because it has Joe or they just don't like cheesy sci-fi like I do.  I would love to hear some thoughtful responses as to why this is so bad, as a I have a feeling the opinions will lean in that direction.

          Now, is OUTER SPACE JITTERS a comic masterpiece, or even a great Three Stooges film?  I'd say no.  There's very little slapstick between all three stooges the way there'd be with Curly or Shemp, and what little there is exists between Moe and Larry.  That said, so what?  I don't think they're trying to make a typical Stooge film, but instead a sci-fi parody unique to the period of time a guy named Joe is the third Stooge.  If you don't like sci-fi, fine, I get it.  However, if you do, and you're expecting mindless entertainment for fifteen minutes, I see nothing wrong.

          The space sets are pretty cool.  Dan Blocker makes a cool sci-fi space monster.  Phil Van Zandt gets a wonderfully cheesy death scene.  Moe, Larry, and Joe, all three good comedians individually, all shine here, and the scene with the electro shock space alien girls gives them all a chance to show personality.  This is fine with me.

           I have no problem with this short.  Yes, it'd be a ten with Curly and that one great slapstick scene, but as it is, still a gloriously silly, mindless, fun and cheesy piece of entertainment.  At the very least, third worst?

    8/10



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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #1 on: October 21, 2016, 01:46:08 PM »
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  • This is kind of like The Three Stooges meet Ed Wood... except that Ed Wood moves are unintentionally funny and this is unintentionally unfunny...

    Because I find the Besser era interesting, and because it didn't produce very many shorts, I'm likely to watch any given Joe short relatively often. But OUTER SPACE JITTERS is one that I watch very rarely. I consider it to be easily the worst of the "space trilogy." Shoot, even the title appears to have been the result of no thought at all (or maybe even less).

    Overall, there's just not much to say about this one. It's strange, and not funny. The boys do what they can with the material, which isn't much. Joe isn't bad (except that his repeated "Let's get outta here" near the end gets a bit annoying), but it really doesn't matter who the third Stooge is; none of them would have been any help here. I find even HORSING AROUND more enjoyable than this.

    Joe's best moments (such as they are) include: putting gems in his mouth, as if he's looking for a snack rather than wealth; and losing his pants after weighing them down with gold bricks. The only abuse he gets is being hit on the head with the water bottle by Moe. (At least there isn't a part where he annoys Moe but Moe doesn't do anything.) Larry gets the bulk of the abuse later, including the cringe-inducing (and, IMO, rather out of place) "head-sanding."

    Everything involving the Sunevians is just weird and kind of nonsensical. On the other hand, Phil Van Zandt's "death scene" (getting "shorted out" by water) may deserve a better adjective than "cheesy" (see Metaldams' review above). As for "Don" Blocker's part... well, the less said about that, the better.

    As bad as this is, though, there still remains one to come that's even worse...
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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #2 on: October 21, 2016, 02:13:45 PM »
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  • Oh dear god--this has been rough sailing the last 3 or 4 weeks. Maybe the worst stretch of Besser shorts & another one I don't need to watch ever again. Trying to decide whether or not this or Flying Saucer Daffy is the worst of the "Besser Space Trilogy" might be like choosing death by being dragged and quartered or death by flesh eating virus.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #3 on: October 21, 2016, 04:43:57 PM »
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  • I was going to neg this short, but then I read Desmond's short and realized just how much I like this.  My earliest Stooge memories are OUTER SPACE JITTERS, and with good reason!  There is something just charming about the cheesiness; it's the same cheesiness that makes me like Star Trek.  It's not typical Stooge fare, but everyone does well with what is given.  I can't drag this short down to the ground like others or enshrine it like metaldams, but I lean more towards metaldams.

    Joe's face when he is told the jewels are coated in poison is one of the better moments of the 1950s in general, especially the way he pops his eyes for that moment.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #4 on: October 21, 2016, 04:45:51 PM »
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  • I find even HORSING AROUND more enjoyable than this.

    Blasphemy!
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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #5 on: October 21, 2016, 04:50:20 PM »
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  • We get the Yiddish word "tsimes" ("dish of mixed fruit and/or vegetables; stew; (colloq.) fuss, something that has gotten blown out of proportion and turned into a very big deal"—Yiddish Online Dictionary) used twice in this short, once as the name of an officer of the Sunev military and once as the name of a company on Larry's ticker tape.

    "Bewitched!" "Bothered!" "And bewildered!" made me smile. For once, a gag involving Joe that he was unable to stink up. I agree, though, that the presence of Joe is not the most lame-making feature of this short.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #6 on: October 21, 2016, 06:47:06 PM »
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  • There is something just charming about the cheesiness;

    Bingo.

    As far as the HORSING AROUND being more watchable than this comment, Desmond, to each their own. Still, Moe, Larry, and Joe acting silly around electric space girls, a grunting monster, a space station, and Phil Van Zandt's watery overly emoted death is more entertaining to me than the boys trying to drag a talking horse to her soon to be executed horse lover.  HORSING AROUND can be too maudlin for my tastes.  OUTER SPACE JITTERS, for its lack of artistic merit, at least remains fun.....to me.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #7 on: October 22, 2016, 08:06:43 AM »
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  • Watching Outer Space Jitters reminded me of going to a concert and listening to an aging, creatively past their prime superstar band. Here they are playing without key members who died way too young. The Stooges are performing their greatest hits (so to speak) as well as a sprinkling of new material in a competent but desultory way. It feels familiar and comforting but not at all inspiring.

    I found this short to be much superior to Space Ship Sappy. It has a good plot, cast and energy. That the Sunevians can be defeated with water was clever idea. It had me thinking, now where are the Stooges going to get water? Ahh...the hot water bottles.

    To those of us so inclined, you can certainly laugh at the cheap set design. I liked the lone dinky chair attached to the otherwise totally bare sliding wall that opens to where they keep the goon. The scene with the Sunevian woman was good. Unlike a lot of other shapely woman in the Stooge's pantheon, they let the boys know that they are out of their league. "What a terrible specimen." "My, you're a fat one."

    I did laugh when Larry has his head sanded, which Desmond describes as cringe inducing. I like that the producers actually had Larry's head dust coming out of the rasp. Now some of you might be thinking, Pomeroy, WTF, you're supposed to be an honest guy, last week you wrote that the bellows scene and the coal shovel scene in Rusty Romeos were cruel and gross. What's the difference? I think it's a couple of things. The coal shovel gag goes on for far too long. The bellows scene involved messing with the insides, the lungs, which for me is a cringe inducer.

    7/10 which is high praise because a 7 is the highest grade that a Besser era short can achieve in my universe.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #8 on: October 22, 2016, 10:23:31 AM »
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  • Had "Outer Space Jitters" been made with the birthday boy (Curly) or Shemp, it would probably have been better received.  But as Joe shows go, its all right relative to some others.  I wonder what Donald Trump would think of "electric space girls" -- never mind, he would feel the same way about them as he does "regular" women.  Maybe he should have taken Dan Blocker's place, or at least take a trip to Sunev with the rest of the politicians -- and the Sunev they go, the better off we'll all be.  The best line came when Moe was leading Blocker by the hand and stopped at the door saying, "We can't go in that room, the GOON is in there.  The goo-goon!"

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #9 on: October 23, 2016, 05:31:29 PM »
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  • Hard to believe that Dan Blocker ever got another acting job after this monstrosity (pun intended).
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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #10 on: October 23, 2016, 09:42:20 PM »
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  • Hard to believe that Dan Blocker ever got another acting job after this monstrosity (pun intended).

    Duke York, who died very tragically, was the definitive goon (Angel) in Shivering Sherlocks.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #11 on: October 24, 2016, 04:45:47 AM »
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  • Duke York, who died very tragically, was the definitive goon (Angel) in Shivering Sherlocks.

    My comment was made having watched every Stooge short and many Bonanza episodes.  [pie]
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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #12 on: October 24, 2016, 06:39:04 AM »
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  • My comment was made having watched every Stooge short and many Bonanza episodes.  [pie]

    So Don was really Dan Blocker. I did do a double take when I looked at the credits. Interesting piece of Stooge trivia.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #13 on: October 31, 2016, 10:36:35 PM »
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  • Strange is exactly the right word, thank you very much.  The first time ( and all subsequent times, as it was rerun endlessly, and we only had three stations back then ) I watched this and saw that the goon was our beloved T V contemporary Hoss Cartwright, listed in the cast as Don Blocker, the combination created the exact nightmare feeling I've been trying to describe all along, nothing is as it seems, your friends are strangers, you never even knew their real names, your funny friends are putrescent sad old men.  Uuurrrrg.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
    « Reply #14 on: November 14, 2016, 09:46:37 PM »
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  •  Definitely some better Stooge interplay.  I like the first half better than the second. It gets a four
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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
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  • I don't understand the hatred people have towards this short, I've thought this was an average Besser short, the best moment is when Moe rubs a wooden sander on Larry's head and a bunch of sand is falling out, that is something that is commonly seen during the Curly/Shemp era, too bad it wasn't Joe Besser who went through that kind of abuse.

    Overall I give this short a 5/10, not as bad as some of the other Besser shorts of this era IMO.

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
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  • At least with the Stooge Space Trilogy, we're spared the dreaded "Recycled Stooge Footage Fatigue Syndrome!"  ;)
    (I'm assuming there's none in the final FLYING SAUCER DAFFY entry!)

    Overall, I liked OUTER SPACE JITTERS (1957), which I give 7 out of 10 ZAPS!  Yes, I do enjoy a bit of cheesy Sci-Fi every so often, which helps!

    A few observations related to this short:
    - One of the female Sunevians was an actress (Harriette Tarler) who also appeared in SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957) as one of the three alien bombshells who tried to tickle the boys to death!

    - Larry's plug for PAL JOEY (1957) came across to me as a bit of crass promotion on Columbia's part, but at least it was brief.

    -  The death by water gag used in OUTER SPACE JITTERS dated back to at least THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), in which Dorothy Gale unwittingly killed the Wicked Witch of the West by throwing water in her face from a bucket, although it wasn't intended as a gag, in that case!

    - The storytelling ending looked very similar to an earlier short that featured Shemp, though I don't recall which one it was, at the moment!

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
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  • At least with the Stooge Space Trilogy, we're spared the dreaded "Recycled Stooge Footage Fatigue Syndrome!"  ;)
    (I'm assuming there's none in the final FLYING SAUCER DAFFY entry!)

    Overall, I liked OUTER SPACE JITTERS (1957), which I give 7 out of 10 ZAPS!  Yes, I do enjoy a bit of cheesy Sci-Fi every so often, which helps!

    A few observations related to this short:
    - One of the female Sunevians was an actress who also appeared in SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957) as one of the three alien bombshells who tried to tickle the boys to death!

    - Larry's plug for PAL JOEY (1957) came across to me as a bit of crass promotion on Columbia's part, but at least it was brief.

    -  The death by water gag used in OUTER SPACE JITTERS dated back to at least THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), in which Dorothy Gale unwittingly killed the Wicked Witch of the West by throwing water in her face from a bucket, although it wasn't intended as a gag, in that case!

    - The storytelling ending looked very similar to an earlier short that featured Shemp, though I don't recall which one it was, at the moment!

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    That would be "Creeps" (1956) which was a reworking of "The Ghost Talks"

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    Re: Outer Space Jitters (1957)
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  • That would be "Creeps" (1956) which was a reworking of "The Ghost Talks"
    Right!

    For some reason, I have a hard time associating a lot of the later Stooge shorts with their specific titles, if that makes any sense!  :-[

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