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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959)
« on: December 29, 2016, 10:28:29 AM »
The Derita movies are bad in general. I find that these films are more plot driven instead of focusing more on the comedy that the stooges have to offer. And it only gets worse in that respect as we itch closer and closer to their final film (The Outlaws Is Coming).

With all that said, this movie isn't as bad as the other four. Let's give it some credit, it has one eyepoke compared to the remaining four, which have none. So the slapstick bar is raised a bit higher on this movie compared to the others. DeRita seems somewhat into the role when comparing his performance here to the other four films. And that's not giving him much credit because DeRita lacks the energy that good ol' Curly had. Even Shemp brought some life into his performance. Maybe Curly and Shemp just drink more coffee than DeRita. OR maybe they were just more into their roles than DeRita....DING DING DING, we have a winner!! My point is... it's depressing to watch DeRita as a third stooge. I'm no expert here, but I'm pretty sure DeRita is capable of being a much funnier stooge than the way he presents himself in these films. Moe and Larry don't do much justice either, but let's cut them some slack.... they're older and they're trying their best.

I thought this particular film had so much potential. The stooges go up in space and land in Venus!! That alone sounds like a good movie, but add an older Moe and Larry, a third stooge who couldn't give two craps about his role, and a romantic subplot.... well, I'm sorry to say, you have turned a potentially good movie into a disaster. I like the storyline (and for that, I'm not going to give this movie a terribly low score), but the mediocre to poor performance throughout the film is what killed the movie for me.

5/10

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The reviews look positive and I'm impressed by those screenshots. Too bad some of the bad footage in The Cocoanuts and Horse Feathers couldn't be fixed, but I guess they did the best they could with what's out there.

I decided to order a copy and will hopefully receive it by early next week. I'm very excited to see the new and unedited version of Animal Crackers...

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General Discussion / Re: Who should have replaced Shemp?
« on: March 18, 2016, 09:48:47 PM »
What about Lou Costello? I think he'd make a fine stooge..

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Tricky Dicks (1953)
« on: February 25, 2016, 01:12:28 PM »
Always enjoyed this one. Moe yelling in the phone, "Detective Bureau! Sergeant Moe speaking!" Talk about bad phone etiquette, lol. And the beginning with Shemp and "Slick Chick" was a funny one. Then the scene with Shemp and the monkey was pretty funny. I also like the ending shooting scene with that Slug McGurk killer guy (whatever his name is), though I did feel it dragged on a bit longer that it should've.

9.5/10

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The Master Debates / Re: Shemps#1, bring back the Master Debates.
« on: February 12, 2016, 11:42:00 AM »
First we need to bring back Shemps#1 and then we can focus on bringing back the Master Debates, lol. I wasn't a member when this was going on but I did read through the debates and they are very interesting. Would be fun to have them back again...

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: All Gummed Up (1947)
« on: April 14, 2015, 12:50:56 PM »
Correct.  I hope you guys are reading these Emil Sitka entries I'm posting on these shorts, because there's some really good stuff in them, including his relationship with the boys, his idea on roles, and yes, the condoms that are used in this short as bubbles.  The final shot of Shemp having the bubbles/condoms protruding out of his ear took on a whole new meaning for me last night now that I know the truth.

Also, ever notice how wimpy Christine's bubble shots were compared to the others?  It was probably a chore to get her to do even that because according to Emil, she was not too happy about having to blow condom bubbles.  As somebody who had strict Catholic grandparents roughly ten years younger than Christine, I know that generation of Catholics especially were not fans of birth control.  From what I've read, Christine was also a very devout Catholic, so my guess is that's where she's coming from on this issue.  Even used as a mere prop, trust me, my grandparents would have flipped.

I never knew about this little piece of trivia until just now. Religious or not.... putting condoms in the mouth is just nasty. This episode is now going to be quite disturbing to watch from this point forward. That latex material must've left a bad taste in their mouth. I did notice that McIntyre bubble shots were not only brief, but her bubbles were very clear and see through while the stooges' bubbles were not clear like that. They must've used something else for McIntyre's bubble gum scenes.

Times must've changed because today, balloons are way cheaper than condoms. Condoms are actually pretty expensive.

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Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Re: Stooge features to Blu-Ray on 4/21/15
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:03:29 PM »
I pray and hope that these won't contain the same glitches that the DVDs had.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Out West (1947)
« on: March 16, 2015, 08:25:08 AM »
This is a weak episode. Not much funny bits here. I did like the card game and the part where Moe and Larry mix the drinks. Nothing much else that I really cared for. Unfortunately, Shemp started off with bad scripts to work with but it gets better later on.

Nothing much else to say. The episode doesn't do much for me.

7/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Ants in the Pantry (1936)
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:34:50 PM »
Whoooaaa! Can't believe my eyes when I'm seeing all the low ratings. I always thought this was one of their better episodes from the early Curly years.

A lot of funny parts here, Larry chasing the mouse and it ends up inside the guy's shirt, Moe and Larry planting mice, moths and ants in the apartments, Curly eating "poppy seed" cake and the guy playing the piano with the cats inside.

As for Mouser not sitting on the bear trap, I wonder if that did occur and just ended up in the cutting room floor....

Overall, a great episode that I enjoy. After reading the comments here, I'm probably in the minority tho.

9/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Punch Drunks (1934)
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:55:32 PM »
This is a good episode... in fact, it's very good that it masks Curly's undeveloped character. Notice he uses his real voice in this episode and doesn't utter a single "nyuk." But he still carries on well and the story is very good. This is one of several episodes where Curly goes wild over something. Funny how they never did it with Shemp; only in his solo films. Larry gets a good amount of screen time and this is one episode where he really shows his musical talent with the violin.

Curly goes wild over the Pop Goes the Weasel tune and wins several boxing matches because of it. But then Curly accidentally breaks the violin and Larry goes crazy finding some kind of radio that plays the tune. He finds a truck playing the tune, steals the truck and crashes into the boxing match. Then Curly goes really wild and knocks everyone out, including Moe and Larry. What chaos!!

For a second episode, this is very good.

9.5/10

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The Derita features, no matter what one may think of their quality, have something new to offer and will be interesting to discuss.  HAVE ROCKET, WILL TRAVEL will follow SAPPPY BULLFIGHTERS.

Perfect.... sounds good.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Fright Night (1947)
« on: March 09, 2015, 12:32:19 PM »

We are now up to Shemp. Curly was a great stooge and it's extremely sad that Moe and Larry had to continue on without him. I'm sure it wasn't easy for people back in 1940s to deal with this since I'm sure he was many people's favorite stooge, so Shemp had big shoes to fill. Considering that Curly was ill the past couple of years and it showed in his performance (slowed speech and lack of energy), Shemp brings new life to the stooges. When Curly first started, it took time for him to develop his role and build the proper chemistry between him and Moe & Larry. But Shemp fits in very well in this episode. He fills in the role as third stooges and he does an excellent job at it. Obviously this is because he worked for a short time with Moe and Larry during the Ted Healy years and he worked as a solo comedian for many years and already had his character developed. Shemp never tried to be Curly. He's essentially acting the same way as he did during his solo years... only now he's working with Moe and Larry. And he fits in so well with them and the chemistry is already there from day one. Shemp is one brilliant comedian and I honestly think more people would've appreciated him more if they didn't have Curly to compare him with. Personally, I like Curly better (always have), but that's just because I like the energy he had. But Shemp was great too and I always find myself giving myself a break from Curly and watching some Shemp episodes every now and then.

Ok.... so you got it now, I think Shemp is great. Now sadly, Shemp starts off in an episode that I find to be just average. And the following episode after this is no better, which I'll elaborate on next week. It isn't until HOLD THAT LION where things take off. Shemp is great in this episode, but the episode itself is not. Too many things just go on for too long... such as the fight scene between Shemp & Chopper and the whole chase scene at the end. Those two bits take up a whole chunk of the episode and they're not really all that funny as I think they should be. Not Shemp's fault though.

The beginning scene where the stooges fight the dummy was good and as I said, Shemp gives a great performance here. So, it's not a bad episode, but there are much better Shemp episodes up ahead.....

8/10

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We will never do STOP, LOOK, and LAUGH; or at least I won't.  The film's a waste of time to me, but if somebody wants to start a thread on it in the general discussion thread, knock yourself out.  It will probably get more views and comments than BIG BUSINESS. ;)

While I don't mind that you forgo STOP, LOOK, and LAUGH, I hope you consider doing the DeRita flicks when we get to them. While they may not be as good, it's still fun to review and read what people have to say about them...

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Half-Wits Holiday (1947)
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:43:14 AM »
Whoops! I just went back and took a quick look, and I now see that by the time they get to the party, Curly has ditched the light-colored suit and they're all wearing tuxes. I didn't realize that! They're also wearing tuxes in IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE, so some vintage pie-fight footage definitely COULD have been inserted.

Interesting. That would've been a good idea. Not only would the episode make more sense (since Curly is now part of the pie fight), but it would take some weight off Moe and Larry, who were forced to continue with the scene after dealing with Curly's stroke. I'm sure it wasn't easy for them to carry on with the scene like they did.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939)
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:37:07 PM »
Excellent episode. The whole scene at the farm where the stooges saw the log in half and then load the wagon is hilarious. Curly imitating a chicken was downright funny. I like to see the sick Curly from 1946 do something like that. Just goes to show how different the healthy Curly is from the ill Curly.

I like the scene where the stooges fix the water pump and then try to chase after the crooks to get the deed back. And I agree with Big Chief.... those crooks technically didn't do anything wrong. I know they convinced Mrs. Jenkins to sell oil property cheap, but it's not like they put a gun to her head. She willingly signed, sealed and delivered the deed. Just because she didn't know about the oil is no excuse to take back a signed deed. But that's just my opinion on the matter.

Overall, great episode that's fun to watch over and over.

10/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Boobs in Arms (1940)
« on: March 03, 2015, 12:12:27 PM »
Months later, doing it from memory just because I can:

     Adirondak!
     One-zell two-zell three-zell zam
     The buck-tail vinegar tickle and tam
     Sick Sam the butcher man
     See saw-buck out!

     ( Lucky! )

I used to think it was a stooges thing, but then I discovered later on that it was also done by Chico Marx in DUCK SOUP.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Boobs in Arms (1940)
« on: March 03, 2015, 12:10:12 PM »
This is a pretty good episode. The scene in the woman's apartment was a funny one. It's a slow scene but has some funny bits. I especially found it hilarious when Curly knocks on the door of one of the apartments and just starts knocking on the guy's face. A very short moment there, but very funny.

The army scene is also a good one as is the bayonet practice. However, the whole laughing gas scene was just not my thing. I can see why many enjoy it, but it doesn't do much for me. And I wasn't crazy about the ending either.

Overall, it's not a perfect episode, but still good.

8.5/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Half-Wits Holiday (1947)
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:13:17 PM »
I actually enjoyed this episode somewhat, but of course, HOI POLLOI is better. This episode would have turned out way better if Curly was in better health, but this is by far, his worst performance. His performance is really dull and I think we all know why. Even Joe Besser's performance in the dinner scene of PIES AND GUYS was better than Curly's performance of that scene in this episode. And trust me, I'm no fan of the Besser episodes...

I like the plot of the episode. The whole beginning fixing scene was short, but fun to watch. The fake dinner scene was also another good scene. The party scene was fun too... It's a little different than HOI POLLOI because the stooges actually try harder to act like gentlemen in this one, but then they fail miserably in the end when they get into a pie fight with the guests. But of course, Curly should be off the hook because he wasn't part of the pie fight. Just goes to show that Curly missing in the pie fight sort of makes things not make sense in the end, but since we all know the behind the scenes story behind this, we understand why the episode ended the way it did. Nonetheless.... Larry and Moe did a great job. I admire them that they were able to continue on right after dealing with such a tragedy.

Well, that's the end of Curly. Up until this day, I cannot help but wonder what the stooges would have been like after 1947 if Curly would've been able to continue. Not that I don't like Shemp; he's awesome. But it's just my curiosity that kicks in that makes me wonder about this all the time... what would life have been like if Curly made it through retirement? Up until all 190 episodes were filmed? And then up until the 5 feature films? And then up to the cartoons? Wouldn't it be interesting to have seen those New Three Stooges cartoons with the nyuk nyuks and woo woos?? I guess we'll never know. I guess if there is a God, I can ask him when I die. That will be my only hope of ever getting my questions answered. I know it's a ridiculous thing to stress over, but I just can't help it. I'm a "what if" kinda guy. :D

Anywho..... this is the last Curly episode, but I still have earlier ones I need to go back to and review and I shall do that when I have the chance. But I look forward to reviewing Shemp next week!!

7.5/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Three Little Pirates (1946)
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:50:48 PM »
I did hear about that.... Curly was supposedly very upset about having to shave off his head and was very insecure about it. I heard it bugged him to no end for all those years he had to do it.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Three Little Pirates (1946)
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:03:02 PM »
I agree. I like Curly, but let's face it. He was immature. He went crazy over women, drank, and spent money like crazy. But look on the bright side..... his immaturity is what helped make him Curly. That's why he played the part so well.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Calling All Curs (1939)
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:37:47 PM »
I didn't care for this episode when I first saw it, but I've grown to like it over the years. Now, it's one of the episodes I watch all the time. I don't particularly care for the plot, but the stooges are top notch here, especially Curly. And I don't know about everyone else, but I was shocked when I first saw Curly whip Larry in the face with his socks. This is one of the very rare times you see Curly acting like the boss here. It's typical of Larry, but never Curly. So, that was a bit out of character.

Curly is so energetic and funny in this one and he is the main reason why this episode turned out so well.

9/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: The Yoke's On Me (1944)
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:32:03 PM »
I'm not too crazy about this one. There are a few moments of laughter, especially the opening scene with the stooges and their parents. But other than that, this is not a particularly good episode. The stooges work on a farm and get invaded by some japs who escape from a relocation center. I guess during the WW2 days, this might have peaked a lot of people's interest, but unfortunately, it does nothing for me.  For the life of me, I can't figure out why this particular episode causes more controversy than some of the other WW2 episodes. YOU NAZTY SPY and I'll NEVER HEIL AGAIN poke fun at Hitler and in NO DOUGH BOYS, we have the stooges poking fun at Japanese by pretending to act and talk like them. So, why aren't those three episodes blacklisted?? Why only this one?

Anywho.... not a terrible short, but not all that great either.

7/10

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Three Little Pirates (1946)
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:24:59 PM »
I'm the only one who has this opinion ( only one), except I actually like Half-Wits Holiday! Because, of Emil Sitka. Because, of the ( Curly-less) pies. Because, of the great gags of them trying to fit in society.

Speaking of Emil Sitka... was he the only supporting actor is have worked with all six stooges. Vernon Dent only worked during the Curly and Shemp era. I heard he suffered some sort of blindness. Bud Jamison only worked during the Curly era. I heard he died shortly after CRASH GOES THE HASH. And Christine McIntyre worked during the Curly and Shemp era. From the top of my head, it seems like Emil Sitka was the only one to have worked all the way through the Curly Joe years.... though Emil Sitka just came on board right when Curly got his stroke, so he didn't get a chance to work with Curly for that long.

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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: What's the Matador? (1942)
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:16:26 PM »
This episode may seem a tad slow at times, but it does have some funny, enjoyable parts such as the siesta bit and the jealous husband scene. The actor who played the jealous husband was great and was hilarious. Now, the actor in SAPPY BULL FIGHTERS on the other hand.... well that is another issue, but I'll get to that when reach that episode. By that time, I'll be older and wiser. :D The bullfight scene is very enjoyable to watch too.

Now an interesting question.... did Curly really drink all that water? It looks like that part was sped up to look like Curly drank it fast, but I always wondered if he really had to drink all that without stopping??

Anyways, this is an enjoyable episode. As I said, it can be slow at times, but still is a joy to watch.

8.5/10

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