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Music That Sucks / Re: #35 Paul McCartney A.B. (After Beatles)
« Last post by Tony Bensley on Today at 12:14:07 AM »
Glad to know I'm not the only who likes Admiral Halsey/Uncle Albert.
"Be a gypsy, get around, get around. Get your feet up off the ground, live a little, get around!"

Yep, I like this one too, along with many other of Sir Paul's post Beatles tunes!

I did nevertheless find shemp#1's MTS posting hilarious, though!  There's room for all viewpoints.

CHEERS!  [3stooges]
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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Love Nest (1923) - Buster Keaton
« Last post by Umbrella Sam on September 23, 2017, 11:18:09 PM »
Being Keaton's last silent short, THE LOVE NEST was actually a pretty good place for him to end at before starting his own features. Joe Roberts is just wonderful as the captain. His reactions whenever his crew members screw up are just wonderful and it does lead to a nice running gag with Keaton and the wreaths, though I do have to wonder why Roberts didn't throw Keaton off after the coffee incident, considering his limited patience with the other crew members. I also really enjoyed the porthole gag. Seeing Keaton's reaction after Roberts hands him the picture is just priceless.

Once again, there is a lot of excitement to this short such as with the whale or when Keaton is sinking the ship. However, the part towards the end with the navy and their target practice feels pretty unnecessary and just kind of drags on a bit. Still, Keaton does give a spirited performance and does show that he could have continued in shorts if he really needed to.

9 out of 10
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Weekly Episode Discussions / The Love Nest (1923) - Buster Keaton
« Last post by Paul Pain on September 23, 2017, 06:57:30 PM »




Watch THE LOVE NEST in the box above and get the Damfino's note here:
http://www.busterkeaton.com/Films/B19_The_Love_Nest.html

Does anybody like the Youtube box I post every week?  This short is a precious way to end the second phase of our journey.  We may or may not include his Educational shorts; that's TBD.

The basic concept is that Keaton is escaping spurned love on a dreamy journey.  His misadventures are hilarious as he has run-in after run-in with Joe Roberts.  Somehow, though, he endears himself to escape the murderous fate or his shipmates.  Even he gets murderous and murdered in Stooge fashion!

Great moments: sealing the envelope with his tears, the shoe polish beard, Buster throwing the wreaths, playing solitaire after killing Roberts to sink the ship, and his post-awakening realizations.

Sorry, but I love this short.

10/10 [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke] [poke]
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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Introduction to the weekly episode discussions
« Last post by Paul Pain on September 23, 2017, 01:39:13 PM »
Yeah, things are normal.  Get ready for THE LOVE NEST review; I probably will do it this evening.
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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

http://threestooges.net/videography/index/vhs/8/20

Above is a link to the VHS videography.
There's even a few "Fake Shemp" shorts in that Goodtimes lot, and interestingly two of them in the volume 1 set, at that!  I imagine that Columbia sub-licensed these (mostly) lesser Shemp Howard featured 3 Stooges shorts to them for peanuts?  However, I suppose that even Goodtimes had no love for poor Joe Besser!

CHEERS!  [3stooges]
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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

http://threestooges.net/videography/index/vhs/8/20

Above is a link to the VHS videography.
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      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.
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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Balloonatic (1923) - Buster Keaton
« Last post by metaldams 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.

9/10
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So far, I have found 12 VHS cassettes that feature Shemp Howard.  With 3 shorts on each, that's a total of 36 post Curly Three Stooges Columbia shorts.

Here is a listing, with the "Main Title" of each VHS cassette in bold:

FUELIN' AROUND (1948)
THE HOT SCOTS (1949)
HULA-LA-LA (1951)

I'M A MONKEY'S UNCLE (1948)
MUMMY'S DUMMIES (1948)
SQUAREHEADS OF THE ROUND TABLE (1948)

WHO DONE IT? (1949)
FRIGHT NIGHT (1947)
HOLD THAT LION (1947)

OUT WEST (1947)
PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS (1950)
MERRY MAVERICKS (1951)

LISTEN, JUDGE (1952)
BUBBLE TROUBLE (1953)
DUNKED IN THE DEEP (1949)

VAGABOND LOAFERS (1949)
THE PEST MAN WINS (1951)
THREE DARK HORSES (1952)

DOPEY DICKS (1950)
SCRAMBLED BRAINS (1951)
THE TOOTH WILL OUT (1951)

SHIVERING SHERLOCKS (1948)
STUDIO STOOPS (1950)
CRIME ON THEIR HANDS (1948)

CORNY CASANOVAS (1952)
A MISSED FORTUNE (1952)
HE COOKED HIS GOOSE (1952)

GENTS IN A JAM (1952)
A SNITCH IN TIME (1950)
GOOF ON THE ROOF (1953)*

HEAVENLY DAZE (1948)
THE GHOST TALKS (1949)
HOKUS POKUS (1949)

THREE ARABIAN NUTS (1951)
SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947)
ALL GUMMED UP (1947)

* It occurs to me that GOOF ON THE ROOF (1953) is the one Three Stooges short in which the VHS version might be almost preferred, in that unlike the DVD edition, it was not improperly cropped for widescreen presentation.

Also, barring the existence of more post Curly 3 Stooges VHS cassettes, I think it noteworthy that in terms of the Columbia shorts, there's nothing post 1953, and therefore, no "Fake Shemp" or Joe Besser featured shorts on VHS!

CHEERS!  [3stooges]

P.S.  In addition to the above "All Shemp" Three Stooges VHS sets, there is at least one "Mixed" Three Stooges Columbia cassette, which includes one short with Curly Howard, and two with Shemp Howard:

WEE WEE MONSIEUR (1938) - With Curly Howard
PARDON MY CLUTCH (1948) - With Shemp Howard
FIDDLER'S THREE (1948) - With Shemp Howard

Of course, there's also the numerous Three Stooges Public Domain VHS releases that include the Shemp Howard featured BRIDELESS GROOM (1947) alongside the Curly Howard featured DISORDER IN THE COURT (1936), not to mention the multiple PD VHS releases of MALICE IN THE PLACE (1949) and SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947), but at least the latter did also make it on to one of the VHS Columbia releases!
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I don't know exact numbers--but as far as the Columbia shorts--all 97 of the Curlys were released, most or half of the Shemps and nothing by Besser. And, all the Deritas made it to VHS...

Thank you very much for this most valued information, Shemp_Diesel!

So, insofar as The Three Stooges Columbia shorts and features, the following was definitely released on VHS:

With Jerome "Curly" Howard (1934 - 1947):
Shorts (001 - 097) -
Everything from The Three Stooges Columbia debut WOMAN HATERS (1934) through HALF-WITS HOLIDAY (1947)

Features (To Be Determined) -

With Shemp Howard (1947 - 1956):
Shorts (To Be Determined, But Probably At Least Half Of Them!) -

Features (None Made At Columbia) -

With Joe Besser (1957 - 1959) -
None*

With "Curly" Joe DeRita (1959 - 1965):
Features -
All of The Three Stooges Columbia Features from 1959 onward

* Stoogearchy seriously came into play on the VHS format regarding Joe Besser's complete exclusion, no doubt! ;)

CHEERS! :)

P.S.  Were any of the "Fake Shemp" shorts released on VHS?
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