The opening music is very good. La Cucaracha transitioning over to Three Blind Mice with a tempo that's very 1950ish. Unfortunately, this short can't live up to that rousing start. The first nine minutes aren't bad if viewed nostalgically. They incorporated two of my favorite bits into one: the hiding under the jealous husband's bed and the surprise discovery by a roving hand. Also, the "a man, two men, three men" lines always crack me up. To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy: you just may be a wacko...if you always find that funny.
Greta Thyssen kills me is this short. The dress she wears in the opening scene is killer. As Larry Fine would say, Hubba, Hubba, Hubba! Even better, when she starts peeling off that silky dress down to her undies. Hose me down! Also love that sexy black dress she gets into with the line running down the stockings. The Stooges' shorts have had some real hot women over the years but Greta is my favorite. Russ Meyer should have cast her in his movies.
I thought I saw this coming. When the suitcases get mixed up, how did the Stooge's not take this as a intentional "leave behind" because Greta was smitten with them?
Once they get to the bullring, the rest of the short sucks. Shit, even Greta knew it, maybe that's why she dressed like a widow. Joe's lip synching to Curly's dog bark was awkward and weird. The shots of the Stooges were obviously taken indoors. Frankly, even in the original short, this scene was never a favorite of mine. Not funny and goes on too long.
Okay, so we come to the end of the Joe era. To quote Dick Dietrick (host of Nightstand, the funniest and most underrated TV show of the 1990s) people, what have we learned here?
One of my favorite Joe moments was In Muscle Up a Little Closer when Elmo is choking Joe. This was a projection my of anger towards any short with Joe in it. Now, in retrospect, as an adult and after viewing all of the Joe episodes, I can see that my anger was misplaced. It's about the Stooges getting old, the writers running out of ideas, and the studio being cheap. Now, whenever Joe's face appears my screen, I will not have the same reaction that the Delta House boys did when prospective pledge Kent Dorfman's mug was projected on their frat house wall. Joe, buddy, I misjudged you. You were a gamer and the consummate pro.