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General Discussion / Re: The Worst Stooge Shorts There Never Were
« Last post by stoogestats on April 24, 2017, 10:58:14 PM »
Busy Buddy (1955 (?) 1956) -
     You will never see this film, though a print exists.  When Buddy Hackett claimed he had turned down the third-stooge job because they were hitting each other with real tools and other dangerous implements, it was taken as a comedic story and disregarded, but one print, and one only, exists which verifies Hackett's story.  On his deathbed, before many witnesses, Buddy related that he had had a formal readthrough of a script with the entire stooge team assembled, and his reading was so good and so youthfully sparkling that Jules White and the other assembled execs went wild and hired him on the spot.  Moe and Larry were furious, knowing that Hackett would make them look washed-up and downright elderly, so they decided on extreme measures, and since this was going to be a remake of The Sitter Downers, a construction film, they would use actual tools and actual accidents and actual dynamite to discourage this upstart.  Hackett, not knowing any better, went along with the slapstick, taking hits from real iron crowbars, sledgehammers, nailguns, etc. sucking up the pain as best he could, hiding the bandages and trying to walk until the effort became utterly impossible.  If you could see the one print, which was so grotesque and bloody as to be utterly unreleasable to the public ( and which no one outside the one collector's immediate family ever will see ) you would see that Buddy starts out the film acting like a youthful, joyous Curly, and ends it looking like Steven Hawking.  Columbia lawyers realized that this was ruinously actionable, and settled quickly with the Hackett family ( Buddy recovered eventually, at least to the extent that we all remember him ) and, under threat of a separate lawsuit, settled money and the one existing print (they'd burned the negative but forgotten the one positive) on the Spike Jones organization, with whom it remains, since they had earlier contracted Buddy for Fireman Save My Child.

I find this hard to believe until I see it. Since the film will never be seen I guess I will never believe the story.

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General Discussion / Re: 'Little' Billy Rhodes
« Last post by GreenCanaries on April 24, 2017, 09:46:10 PM »
Understood and none taken, Chief. Thanks for clarifying!
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General Discussion / Re: 'Little' Billy Rhodes
« Last post by Big Chief Apumtagribonitz on April 24, 2017, 08:58:30 PM »
I can see where my previous comment might be construed as setting up an adversarial relationship.  I didn't mean that at all.  We're all in this together, searching for truth. let's thrash it out, and arrive at the truth which sets us all free.  My previous comment was just a quip.
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General Discussion / Re: 'Little' Billy Rhodes
« Last post by Big Chief Apumtagribonitz on April 24, 2017, 08:53:17 PM »
Yes, oh yes, me too.  No  adversarialism intended.  Pure scholarship only.  The two of you are so close already, I'm looking forward to nailing this thing down.
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General Discussion / Re: The Worst Stooge Shorts There Never Were
« Last post by Big Chief Apumtagribonitz on April 24, 2017, 07:19:49 PM »
Busy Buddy (1955 (?) 1956) -
     You will never see this film, though a print exists.  When Buddy Hackett claimed he had turned down the third-stooge job because they were hitting each other with real tools and other dangerous implements, it was taken as a comedic story and disregarded, but one print, and one only, exists which verifies Hackett's story.  On his deathbed, before many witnesses, Buddy related that he had had a formal readthrough of a script with the entire stooge team assembled, and his reading was so good and so youthfully sparkling that Jules White and the other assembled execs went wild and hired him on the spot.  Moe and Larry were furious, knowing that Hackett would make them look washed-up and downright elderly, so they decided on extreme measures, and since this was going to be a remake of The Sitter Downers, a construction film, they would use actual tools and actual accidents and actual dynamite to discourage this upstart.  Hackett, not knowing any better, went along with the slapstick, taking hits from real iron crowbars, sledgehammers, nailguns, etc. sucking up the pain as best he could, hiding the bandages and trying to walk until the effort became utterly impossible.  If you could see the one print, which was so grotesque and bloody as to be utterly unreleasable to the public ( and which no one outside the one collector's immediate family ever will see ) you would see that Buddy starts out the film acting like a youthful, joyous Curly, and ends it looking like Steven Hawking.  Columbia lawyers realized that this was ruinously actionable, and settled quickly with the Hackett family ( Buddy recovered eventually, at least to the extent that we all remember him ) and, under threat of a separate lawsuit, settled money and the one existing print (they'd burned the negative but forgotten the one positive) on the Spike Jones organization, with whom it remains, since they had earlier contracted Buddy for Fireman Save My Child.
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General Discussion / Re: 'Little' Billy Rhodes
« Last post by GreenCanaries on April 24, 2017, 06:57:06 PM »
Man oh Man, I hope this works out all right.  I would not like to get caught in an argument between Green Canaries and Stoogestats.

Was not intending to start sh*t at all. I'm very curious and intrigued to hear about Billy's relative.
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General Discussion / Re: 'Little' Billy Rhodes
« Last post by Big Chief Apumtagribonitz on April 24, 2017, 05:54:41 PM »
Man oh Man, I hope this works out all right.  I would not like to get caught in an argument between Green Canaries and Stoogestats.
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General Discussion / Re: Our Gang/The Little Rascals thread
« Last post by stoogerascalfan62 on April 24, 2017, 01:44:54 PM »
There's a message saying that the video is private.
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General Discussion / Re: Question Stooge Replacements
« Last post by Giff me dat fill-em! on April 22, 2017, 10:56:03 AM »
Just in case anyone is curious ... Doodles Weaver is the hardware store employee in the movie "Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" ... he is also the uncle to Sigorney Weaver. (Ghostbusters - Alien)
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General Discussion / Re: Question Stooge Replacements
« Last post by Giff me dat fill-em! on April 22, 2017, 10:00:54 AM »
Sorry guys ... if I had waited until the end of the short short, I would have seen that all parts were played by Doodles (roll credits!). I guess I was too anxious to post my "find". Besides, after watching it again, it is clear that ONLY Doodles in is every shot (in one character or another), and that only once or twice do we see an extra pair of arms or a hand in the film. Maybe a better reply would be to credit Doodles' ability to make himself look like the Replacement Stooges.
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