But as "lesser" as the Besser films can be, they have their moments.
I see what you did there.
If Shemp had lived, I imagine they still would have continued to do mainly remakes from the early 1950's, since that would have saved Columbia the most money. I think the only reason they did originals with Besser at all was because they needed time to find shorts with footage of Larry and Moe by themselves to put in with new footage of them with Besser.
To clarify my comment on Shemp not being able to make the horse films any good, while I obviously think Shemp was a very talented comedian, unless your name is Alan Young, it's hard to make a talking horse funny, since talking animals are so common in animation that it's already a huge part of the film industry. Adding in the fact that Shemp was more restricted in his comedy by White as well as the fact that the writers were too accustomed to working on the remakes, it would have been hard for Shemp to make some of the worst Besser originals any good, assuming they would have made any of these with him as part of the group.
Now, the question I've always wondered is this: if Shemp had survived to be part of the comeback...
1. Would audiences be accepting of him, especially considering how popular Curly was with general audiences, and if they did...
2. Would Shemp have made the feature films better with some clever ad libs and verbal humor?