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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Balloonatic (1923) - Buster Keaton
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:36:48 PM »
Hey, Metal, congratulations on 6,000 posts !  Good lord, I despair of making even 1,000, and I've been at this for years !

Thanks man.  It took me over 15 years to get over 6,000.

When I rediscovered The Three Stooges in my early twenties, the first thing I bought was a 20 dollar 5 VHS tape of public domain stuff.  I watched the video with the four PD shorts multiple times, but yes, SWING PARADE OF 1946 was the very first tape.

Tony, I held onto my GOOF ON THE ROOF VHS for the very reason you mentioned. 

As for the Goodtimes sets, which came out in 1990.

Vol. 1 Loose Loot, Rumpus in the Harem, Scheming Schemers
Vol. 2 Husbands Beware, Musty Musketeers, Wham-Bam-Slam!
Vol. 3 Cuckoo on a Choo Choo, Love at First Bite, Shot in the Frontier
Vol. 4 Baby Sitters Jitters, Don't Throw That Knife, He Cooked His Goose
Vol. 5 Income Tax Sappy, Spooks!, Three Hams on Rye

Above is a link to the VHS videography.

      I got rid of them, but I literally owned every VHS tape Sony released.  Three shorts a tape, with one short taking the title of the tape.  It's true, all the Curly's made it and a majority, if not all of the original Shemps appeared. Very few stock footage jobs, though BUBBLE TROUBLE made it.  No Besser shorts but the five Derita Columbia films were also in the series.  Goodtimes also released five volumes of Shemp shorts. Some were originals but mostly stock footage films were in these volumes.  In addition, AMC aired a syndicated package of 130 shorts, so a handful of shorts not released on VHS were included that were were able to record off television.  With all this, there were still some Shemp shorts missing, including originals (it was years before I saw Hugs and Mugs and Slaphappy Sleuths), and since only six of the sixteen Bessers were in the syndicated package, ten of the Bessers were hard to find.  This is what being a Stooge fan was like in the early 2000's.

      Sony then went to DVD, released maybe five or six shorts at a time, and then made the ill fated decision to released colorized versions, which I refused to buy.  Then the eight volumes came out, and the world lived happily ever after.  If you told me fifteen years ago all 190 would be released, in addition to the Stooge solo as well as all the Columbia Buster Keaton and Charley Chase shorts, I would have looked at you like you have two heads.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Balloonatic (1923) - Buster Keaton
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:50:45 PM »
      First off, yes, that indeed is Babe London!  Thirty years before Nora in SCRAMBLED BRAINS.

      Concerning Phyllis Haver, she was a Mack Sennett bathing beauty, no doubt what would have inspired her form fitting twenties style swimsuit.  I wonder what Sennett would have thought of the bikini?  Anyway, she actually had a decent career after this, if not Rene Adoree level, appearing in a later D.W. Griffith silent, THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES (which I saw years ago), and to my surprise was the leading lady in Lon Chaney's last silent film, THUNDER.  Being a huge Chaney film, no doubt I'd know her from THUNDER if it weren't for the fact the film is lost.  I agree she is one of the better Keaton leading ladies and it does have much to do with the fact she's given plenty to do, including a pleasant hot coffee scene, getting wet while grabbing fish, and having Keaton land on her accidentally a few times. 

      A very good film overall.  My one minor complaint is a bit more seems to be faked than normal for a Keaton film, though it had to be.  Talking the fake parachute falling down leading to the sloppy edit of Keaton and said chute falling from the tree, and Keaton going down a mini waterfall in a canoe where he lands head first in the water, feet in the air.  Minor complaints, as overall, the short is basically two lonely characters of the opposite sex eventually getting together in a natural outdoor setting with lots of physical comedy.  Keaton and the outdoors is always a calming thing for me to watch, puts a smile on my face.

      The standout scenes would have to be Keaton building the wall of rocks in the creek to both simultaneously block the fish and making river shallow so he can grab the fish.  A very cerebral and funny gag, and the wall of rocks eventually crashing as if the dam burst and Keaton getting flooded is a wonderful payoff.  Also major props towards the scene where Keaton does in two bears at once.  Keaton, unaware a bear is behind him, hits a bear in front of him with a rifle on its head.  The momentum of the blow leads the rifle where it's between his leg, barrel behind him going off and shooting the bear behind him, leading into this wonderful domino effect.

      I suppose the parachute/canoe going off the waterfall at the end is faked too, kind of has to be, but I'm not bothered in this instant because it's so bizarre I find the gag satisfying.  Back to the beginning, I do enjoy the house of horrors and that crazy chute that spits people out in the street.  Keaton's frightened body language to all boogie men behind the door is fantastic, and his curiosity with the chute leads to him getting squashed by Babe London, who brushes the fall off and goes back in!

      Another very good short, because like I've said, not one turkey in the entire Keaton silent era, in my opinion.


My Aunt is in Boca Raton.  She lost cable, power and wi-fi but and lost some shingles but is OK.  My nephew lives in the western part of a Florida and did not get effected.

Crazy stuff happening, hope things get normal sooner than later.

Glad you're OK, Big Chief!

General Discussion / Bobby "The Brain" Heenan 1944 - 2017
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:19:19 AM »
To anybody who grew up a wrestling fan in the 70's - 90's, Bobby Heenan was one of the greats.  Hilarious announcer and manager, he even wrestled too.  Probably within the top 10 of people who have entertained me in my life, the man has gone through a ton of health issues and I hope he's at peace.  So many great Heenan moments, but my favorites would be his today un P.C. Commentary on Tito Santana and his announcing during the 1992 Royal Rumble.  When with Gorilla Monsoon in a Prime Time Wrestling skit or in the announcing booth, they were as good as any comedy team. Couldn't let his passing go by without saying anything.  R.I.P. Weasel

Apologies folks, but I was Irma'd.  Reviews resume this Saturday.

Damn, that's right.  I hope everything's OK.

Paul Pain hasn't been around in a while, hoping he's OK (maybe school's beginning).  Hope there's another Keaton review soon.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Wrong Again (1929) - Laurel and Hardy
« on: September 10, 2017, 12:34:34 PM »
I think this short is OK. I do like the set-up and think that they are able to have some funny slapstick gags between Laurel and Hardy. I like Hardy with the statue and do think that the initial misunderstanding of getting the horse on the piano is pretty funny. It's nothing special, but for the most part it works.

That being said, I will admit that scene with the horse and the hat does feel like it goes on too long, though it isn't nearly as bad as the upper bunk scene from BERTH MARKS. Overall, the short really didn't have that much of an impact on me. I didn't love it or hate it; I just thought that it was OK. Not their worst, though it doesn't really stand out much.

6 out of 10

Thanks for the reviews, I may revive Laurel and Hardy someday, we'll see. 

General Discussion / Re: 2017 MLB Thread
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:39:33 PM »
With apologies to Lefty, the Phillies are the first team officially eliminated.  29 teams left.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Frozen North (1922) - Buster Keaton
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:41:24 AM »

      A fantastic article about THE FROZEN NORTH that pays special attention to the William S. Hart aspect.  She is a Hart aficionado and really is able to put Hart and Keaton into perspective as far as THE FROZEN NORTH goes.  I really need to see some of Hart's films, and she's correct about knowing the surrounding films of the era lead to greater appreciation of the comedies.  Speaking of which, we're doing THE THREE AGES in a few weeks, so set aside three and a half hours and check out INTOLERANCE (1916), on a television screen if possible.  That Babylonian scenery must be appreciated on a good screen. I have it on DVD, I'm due a fresh look, but yes, Keaton spoofs INTOLERANCE.

     The entire blog the article is linked to from above I have saved in my favorites, well worth checking out for silent film fans.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Day Dreams (1922) - Buster Keaton
« on: September 03, 2017, 10:43:33 PM »
      I think this short is absolutely brilliant.  I suggest watching this followed by Harold Lloyd's SAFETY LAST.  Both films deal with trying to impress the girl by making it big in the working world, and the contrast is fascinating.  Lloyd uses cunning and great physical skill to overcoming amazing heights, literally, to impress the girl and win in the end.  I'm glad Lloyd gets the girl.  Keaton uses hard luck, incompetence, and great physical skill to lose out in the end, culminating in the hysterical suicide attempt that works because of the non chalant nature in which Keaton handles it.  Getting thrown out on his butt at the end after his failed attempt got a huge laugh out of me.  I'm glad Keaton didn't get the girl.  Both styles have their rewards.

      Speaking of the girl, she is played by Renee Adoree.  Died at age 35 tragically young, she is most famous for having the leading female role in MGM's THE BIG PARADE (1925), a classic and MGM's biggest money maker of the silent era.  Her co-star, John Gilbert also died tragically young and his last film was THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA, which featured The Three Stooges.  Adoree also appeared in THE MATING CALL with full frontal nudity, unusual for the era.

      Besides the dark humor, which I love, there are a few standout bits here.  The cop chasing Keaton is fantastic.  The way both cop and Keaton walk and then jog, and then run in perfect synchronicity is flat out awesome, and the camera does a great job of following the action.  Also, who can forget Keaton grabbing on to the back of a running freight car, his body completely vertical in the air while the car runs.  Then there is the infamous boat gag where Keaton is acting like a hamster in a wheel, just an amazing sight gag and physical comedy.  I also like when he's the street cleaner, setting the place on fire and staging off the bass drum with the water hose.  The way Keaton gets dumped into the water filled sewer hole also gets a laugh out of me.  He's completely disposable in this one, a bit of dark humor.


General Discussion / Re: A recent pic of me (Stooge related)
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:39:39 PM »
I was in Philadelphia last week and thankfully remembered that this restaurant was there. I ended up having the Three Stooges burger and enjoyed it. Thanks for telling me about it.

Awesome, glad you enjoyed.  The restaurant itself is great and I love the food.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Three Little Twirps (1943)
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:36:49 PM »
Re: the bearded lady....

Had a chance recently to see Hitchcock's "Saboteur", and there is a scene where leads Bob Cummings and Priscilla Lane hide out in a circus...and who should pop up as the bearded lady, but the same person who portrayed the one in Three Little Twirps....

I can definitely buy that.  Any other opinions?

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Electric House (1922) - Buster Keaton
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:39:12 PM »
      Not one of the better Keaton shorts, but far from a turkey.  Paul is correct in that this is mostly a display of Keaton's mechanical genius, and if every short were like this, yes, his filmography would be tedious.  However, it's just one short and it is a cool side of Keaton.  There is a lesser known comedian who is kind of Keaton like named Charley Bowers who made mechanically inclined animated gags in his shorts, and he was a genius in that sense, but he lacked Keaton's character and story telling.  THE ELECTRIC HOUSE is closest to that, but as a one time thing, I enjoy.

       Still some good physical comedy, as Keaton takes a few good falls.  The stuff on the escalator is fantastic and the big fall Keaton takes a couple of stories into the swimming pool, a wonderful and dangerous fall.  Keaton's dark side shows through with the suicide gag at the end, something we shall be seeing again next short.

      The rest of the short is basically mechanical, a visual feast.  The pool table, dishwasher, train that delivers food, all fun stuff. Yes, fairly one note compared to other Keaton films, but it's a note well played.


Just pre-ordered mine.  Word going around is later volumes are not a guarantee unless this first volume sells, so if you like Charley Chase and have extra moolah, I hope others do the same.  Really looking forward to this collection.

I don't know if this will be much help, but has some sheet music for their songs on their website.

Here's a link:

Whenever a song has a picture next to it, click the picture and you should be able to view it.

Nothing from DUCK SOUP, but "Two Blind Loves" available.  Blah!  LOL. Makes sense, though, as DUCK SOUP wasn't popular back in the day.

What they have there are piano arrangements that people bought sheet music for to play at home.  Very good for learning chord changes and melodies and what not.  Thanks for sharing.

This may sound like a bizarre request, but I'm looking online and not having too much luck.  Does anybody know if original scores for any Three Stooges/Columbia related music exists?  Hal Roach music, Marx Brothers songs - I'd also be interested in these things as well.  I run across the occasional piano arrangement, or the chord changes for "Swingin' the Alphabet," but actual scores from the vaults would be awesome.  Does this stuff exist?  Any help would be appreciated.

As you guys know, I do bass covers on YouTube, and I'd love to pay homage to my favorite comedians.  It's a shame Richard Finegan doesn't still post here.  He was a valuable member and quite the music expert.

General Discussion / Re: Favorite non comedy films of the golden age
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:05:11 PM »
I love Lon Chaney too!  Glad to see other fans here.  So many good films, THE UNKNOWN, THE PENALTY, HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (the first MGM film), LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SHADOWS....tons of great stuff.  A shame he died so young, I think he would have done fine in the talking era, judging by the 1930 version of THE UNHOLY THREE.  I know he was slated to play Dracula, but I could seriously picture Chaney doing gangster films as well.

My love of old horror films has been well documented, but let's just say I own the vast majority, if not all, horror films from the first half of the twentieth century in my collection.

I'm a big CITIZEN KANE fan.  I'm in my late thirties, first saw it in my early twenties and over a dozen times in the interim.  It's one of those films I always get something new out of with each viewing.  The more life experience I gain, the richer KANE becomes.  I find myself, in good ways and bad, really relating a lot to Joseph Cotton's Jed Leland character the last few viewings, but man, what a deep film with rich characters.  So many valid interpretations one can make.

Umbrella Sam, I'm not a big MGM musical guy, but good for you.  For me, it boils down to most of my musical tastes are heavy metal and classic rock, and when I do go pre rock era, it's usually classical I'll listen to.  That being said, I'd love to read your thoughts on the MGM Marx Brothers movies I reviewed knowing your love for the MGM musical.

I'll come up with a list of films soon, but cool reading everyone's thoughts.

General Discussion / Favorite non comedy films of the golden age
« on: August 26, 2017, 06:05:42 PM »
      We've had plenty of comedy discussion, but since it's been years since there's a thread like this and there was a different crew then, I'd be curious what favorite movies you guys enjoy from the silent era and the golden era of Hollywood that aren't slapstick/burlesque like comedies (meaning light screwball Cary Grant like comedies are allowed).  Let's stop at 1960, shortly after The Stooges made shorts.  So yeah, favorite non comedies from the era The Stooges were making shorts and before, I'd be fascinated to know.  It's my favorite era of film making in general.  I'll throw in my favorites, but I'd like to hear some of yours first.

I saw some of Chase's Roach shorts earlier this year on TCM and enjoyed them. Glad to see they're getting a DVD release.

I have a few collections of his silent films and all of his Columbia shorts, the latter of which I'm watching this weekend.  Ironically, the stuff I want to see the most are his later silents, which seem to be in limbo, and his Roach talkies, which I've only seen a few, so I'm really looking forward to this collection.  Now if only the Columbia and Roach Harry Langdon shorts would be released.

Fantastic!  Will be buying.  Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / Re: 2017 MLB Thread
« on: August 23, 2017, 10:00:20 PM »
We've seen the Red Sox throw away bigger leads with fewer games left.

Everyone's fawning over the Dodgers, but come October we're getting treated to the standard Clayton Kersh!+ that shows up every October.  The 2001 Mariners seemed invincible too, and they won the World Series were the biggest playoff disappointment possibly of all-time.

      When Boston blew their huge wild card lead in 2011 to Tampa Bay, I predicted it was going to happen a couple of weeks in advance when Boston had a 6.5 game lead.  A co-worker I told it to couldn't believe I was right and thought I was crazy when I made the prediction, but I could tell that team had no heart, and Boston had seven games left with Tampa Bay, who I knew they couldn't beat one on one.  Sure enough, Tampa Bay won six of seven.  It's possible Boston might lose the division only because this Yankee team won't die, but I can tell you the 2017 version has more heart than that 2011 team and I like their chances more of not blowing the division. I'm not yet predicting a World Series win, however.

      Crazy couple of non no hitter days.  Yesterday, Doug Fister gives up a home run first batter and then essentially throws a no-hitter after the fact, throwing a one hit nine inning complete game win.  Today, Rich Hill loses a no hitter and the game in the tenth inning.  The latter is heartbreaking.

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