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We have come to the last Three Stooges film ever shot, but since we're reviewing these in release order, three more shorts to go, not to mention the Derita features after. However, to me, this isn't really a Three Stooges film. Very rarely in the sixteen shorts did Moe and Larry find team chemistry with Joe, and here, the writers didn't even try. What we basically have is a Joe Besser solo short with Moe and Larry in strong supporting roles. Viewed through that lens, I think FLYING SAUCER DAFFY is a good film. If you hate Joe Besser, this film is not for you. However, if you like Joe as I do and just never found him to be a good Stooge, this short is fine. If you also happen to like cheesy 50's sci-fi, this also works.
As mentioned below, Joe is basically a Cinderella type character who gets abused by his alcoholic aunt and his two cousins, played by Moe and Larry. In this aunt's eyes, Moe and Larry can do no wrong, and I don't know about you guys, but I actually enjoy seeing Besser get his slapstick commupence against Moe and Larry. This short also proves, without a shadow of a doubt, Joe takes hits. Plenty of pokes, bonks, and pastry for Joe in this one.
I'm also a sucker for this 50's sci-if stuff. I love the outdoor settings, the fake flying saucer stuff, and yes, the space alien babes. How can I not love the space alien babes? They're cute, helpful, and full of celluloid cheese. In other words, fun. FLYING SAUCER DAFFY may not be a great example of the art of The Three Stooges, and I understand it's not for everyone. However, as an interesting, of its time, distraction starring Joe Besser, I think FLYING SAUCER DAFFY works fine as a piece of entertainment. If you guys can't tell, the space trilogy some of you guys don't like is the best of the Besser era for me.