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So the description of the DVD is truncated on the Warner Archive website. Does anyone know what the "Collection of 34 Theatrical Shorts" are exactly?
Naah, there's something wrong with this one, and, as will become boringly predictable with me, I'll blame it on Jules White. To begin with, it looks peculiar: is it lit funny? I think so. The opening scenes are clinically bright. The stooge schtick is O K, but still the pictorial quality looks funny. ( I'll admit here that I do not own the new Sony digitalisations, as much as I've hinted to my immediate family that I would welcome the set as a gift on any major , or even minor, holiday. ) The newest reissues may look different from all the rest from this era, and negate all of my following comments, but I doubt it. That's the first, and lesser, problem. The larger one is, why the dream sequence? There's nothing that happens after the Dream Baloon ushers into the dream sequence that couldn't have happened in real time. The home-made tooth-pulling that ensues is not dream-like at all, it's strictly stooge-normal. The visit to the dentist is okay, Larry's line to the receptionist is good, and Moe getting his tooth pulled rather than Curly was definitely funny fifteen years previously when Laurel and Hardy did it, but I would repeat that it is not in the slightest dream-like. Then we are shown that Curly is spazzing out in his top bunk as a result of - what-? - dreaming of the dentist's office? and he crashes thru the bunks. This is apparently the end of the dream, such as it is, and, for the big finish, Moe punches Curly in the mouth and miraculously extracts the correct tooth. This may be the first ( I may be wrong, but even if I am wrong it's one of the first instances of many more to come) closed-fist, no comedy-intended punches-in-the-mouth from Moe, which from here on under Jules White's direction, erase all comic finesse , and which, as time goes on, erase all the fun from stooge slapstick. It creeps up slowly, boys, but don't worry, I'll keep you informed.