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General Discussion / The Three Stooges Journal # 161 (Spring 2017)
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:12:12 PM »
Issue # 161 of The Three Stooges Journal is arriving in mailboxes.  In addition to more Stooge-related articles and news, several pages are dedicated to the memory of our friend Frank Reighter.

Paul really gives Ted Healy the business.

As the narrator.

Paul did not script the documentary, it was done by his producing partner Frank Basile.  Paul brought the concept and family angle to the project, and by his own admission, spent decades keeping his distance from his father's career and knows very little about Ted Healy.  He relied on Frank to tell the "Three Stooges story."  Sadly, Basile bought into many of the negative, untrue legends and myths about Healy.  He notably utilized tales concocted by G. P. Skratz in "Larry, the Stooge in the Middle." 

That chapter is a black eye in what otherwise is a well-done production.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:11:01 AM »
According to Wikipedia, Fox made the decision.  With Tashlin, the budget was $750,000; with Lang, 3.5 million.  My guess is the studio decided to go in a different direction overall with both change of directors AND budgets.  Who knows, maybe this was initially more Stooge oriented, I'll have to do more research.

This was covered in detail recently in "The Three Stooges Journal," reporting the extensive information contained in the film's production files, which were obtained two years ago by The Stoogeum.

Tashlin's involvement is not documented, only reported in "Scrapbook" and assumed to originate from Norman Maurer's recollections.  Evidence indicates that IF it's true that Tashlin was originally involved, that never extended beyond the discussion stage.

From 20th Century Fox's records, Walter Lang is the only credited director on every document (and there're hundreds), including the very first call sheets and payroll records going back to the beginning of skater rehearsals and cast screen tests in mid-November 1960.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Pies and Guys (1958)
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:12:09 PM »
(If I recall correctly, he doesn't get hit with pies in any other Stooges short.)

Joe took a chocolate cake in the face in FLYING SAUCER DAFFY (1958).

It bears repeating that the depiction of Joe in the 2000 TV movie was pure bullshit.  Sadly, social media of the past 17 years has turned dramatized bs like that into accepted "truth."

Questions and Answers / Re: Which episode?
« on: November 08, 2016, 09:15:23 AM »
Ted Healy, Curly, Moe and Larry in HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934 MGM).

General Discussion / The Three Stooges Journal # 159 (Fall 2016)
« on: September 17, 2016, 09:57:34 AM »
The Three Stooges Journal # 159 (Fall 2016), is now arriving in subscribers' mail boxes.  An index summary of contents is available at the link.

General Discussion / The Three Stooges Journal # 158 (Summer 2016)
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:34:21 AM »
The Three Stooges Journal # 158 (Summer 2016), is now arriving in subscribers' mail boxes. An index summary of contents is available at the link.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Fling in the Ring (1955)
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:47:47 AM »
... look at the way Columbia worked Curly like a workhorse after his stroke

A myth.  The Stooges always had a light filming schedule at Columbia, and the 1945 - 1946 period was no exception. 

The majority of their work involved personal appearances, which were arranged by Moe and the team's reps, and that is where Curly unwisely continued to work tough schedules during his progressing illness.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Fling in the Ring (1955)
« on: May 14, 2016, 03:17:23 PM »
I know they had a busy calendar for personal appearances, and their filming kept them busy,

Not the case at all in 1955.  Market demand for the Stooges left them largely, involuntarily, inactive from 1954 - 1958.

  • Personal appearances began diminishing after 1949.  Following an unsuccessful attempt in Vegas in 1953 (details in The Three Stooges Journal # 155), this part of their livelihood virtually dried up.  Excluding the possibility of private events that were not promoted, the Live Appearance Database project in over 10 years has yet to find documentation for any personal appearances with Shemp during 1954 - 1955, and none with Besser 1956 - 1957.  It took TV to reignite their personal appearance demand in 1959.
  • During their shorts popularity in the '30s and '40s, they spent only 32 - 35 days in front of the camera at Columbia.  After the 1953 stock remakes kicked in, they worked only 9 - 15 days a year.  That increased by several days during Besser's two years, due to the inability to rely on stock footage.

General Discussion / Re: Offbeat question
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:00:34 PM »
There's a racy joke with the punchline, "Make bigger circles!"

Can be found in HORSING AROUND (1957).

General Discussion / Re: Ask Team Stooge **NEWBIES**
« on: March 31, 2016, 06:35:47 AM »
The Dean at my University is a huge Stooges fan. He also comes from Chicago. I mentioned to him that Gary Deeb had written an article on Curly Howard for one of the Chicago newspapers back in the 1980s. I believe that the article appeared in one of the Three Stooges Journals as well. Does anyone know how I can get a copy of the article? I like to keep my Dean happy.

Three Stooges Journal # 10 (Feb. 1981)
(from the ol' Moe Feinberg's Underwood typewriter days)

  • "Stooge Fever Is Spreading With Channel 32 Help -  Chicago Sun Times  11/26/80
  • "Three Stooges:  A Trio Con Brio -  Chicago Sun Times  10/3/80

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Re: 1911 Moe appearance
« on: March 26, 2016, 11:38:13 AM »
I also lean heavily towards it not being Moe Howard.

One thing that might change my mind is if Moe ever made any reference to having worked with John Bunny on Film!  As Mr. Bunny was considered to be the first cinematic star (He was also the first to be the cover story of a major magazine directly as a result of his death, which occurred in 1915!), I highly doubt that Moe wouldn't have referenced this, at some point!

As a child actor, Moe worked at Vitagraph and did indeed work with John Bunny at least once.  This surviving film is not one of those times.

LITTLE NEMO (1911) is not a new discovery, as some are claiming on FB group pages.  It's one of the few Vitagraph comedies that survived the decades, and it circulated for many years in deteriorated condition.  It was restored in the early 2000s (or earlier), and elected to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2009. 

Film experts, especially Vitagraph historian and John Bunny documentary producer Tony Susnick who has spent years researching all extant Vitagraph documentation, have indicated it is not Moe Howard.  And of course there is the obvious evidence that the boy in the film has little-to-zero resemblence to Moe.

Between a bogus IMDb credit submitted by person 'unknown,' Amazon extracting/compounding bad IMDb data for DVD reseller listings, and uninformed fan comments at Youtube and similar video-hosting sites... the misinformation spreads.

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Re: 1911 Moe appearance
« on: March 20, 2016, 09:00:17 AM »

Supposedly the boy with the duster in this scene from 1911's "Little Nemo" is none other than Moe Howard.  I myself have doubts, but if this indeed Moe than it can be added to the database for ol' Moses.

More information, if not confirmation, is needed before it will be added to the Filmography.

It is highly questionable at this point.  It does not resemble Moe much, even at that age.  The person posting it across FB pages earlier today is relying on an IMDb credit... IMDb is often problematic, with no audit-trail for submitted information.

Questions and Answers / Re: New 3 Stooges gags question
« on: March 18, 2016, 07:35:16 AM »
Were there any gags used in the live-action wraparounds on The New 3 Stooges 1965 series which were NEVER used in any of their Columbia shorts?

Yes.  Among them...

"Melodrama" (aka "Pay the Rent") -  A Healy routine performed in PLANE NUTS (1933 MGM).  The Stooges did it in the feature TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (1941), but not in any of the shorts.

"Barbers" -  A variation of a routine performed in SCREEN SNAPSHOTS Series 14 # 6, "You have to belong to the union to do that..."

"Magicians" -  A old routine, new to the Stooges.

Others.  Ed Bernds wrote all those wrap-arounds (not Lee Orgel, as he once claimed in an interview), and recycled many old gags, but they were new material for the onscreen Stooges.

General Discussion / Three Stooges Journal # 157 (Spring 2016)
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:11:10 PM »
The latest issue of "The Three Stooges Journal," # 157 (Spring 2016), is now arriving in subscribers' mail boxes. An index summary of contents is available at the link.

The 'TV Guest Appearances' filmography at has recently been expanded to include radio appearances... Radio & TV Guest Appearances Filmography.

Other than credits for Joe Besser, e.g., THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM, THE FRED ALLEN SHOW / TEXACO STAR THEATER, and Joe DeRita, e.g., PHILCO RADIO HALL OF FAME, very little of the Stooges' (and Healy's) work in radio is believed extant.  Most existing recordings have been listed.  We've also utilized radio program listings from various trade and newspaper archives that have been archived online.  Several "Old Time Radio" websites have been helpful.

Anyone who has information to share is asked to please do so.  Reviewing the filmography at the above link, you can see the types of details we're looking for, and as many details as possible.

General Discussion / Re: Religious Jokes in Stooge Episodes/Movies
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:40:53 PM »
a short where the Stooges were having pancakes; they lifted the pancakes with forks, and reacted to the unusual shapes of the pancakes; one of the pancakes was shaped like a star of David.


Actor Pat Harrington Jr. passed away yesterday, January 6, at age 86. His many, many credits include extensive voice-over work, and Pat had some Stooges-related connections in that capacity.

  •  Harrington was the voice of 'Moe Howard' for two 1972 Three Stooges episodes of THE NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES, "Ghastly Ghost Town" and "Ghost of the Red Baron."
  •  In 1965, Pat worked with Joe Besser on an unsold Marx. Bros. TV cartoon pilot "A Day at the Horse Opera." Harrington was the voice of 'Groucho' and Besser was 'Great Indian Chief.'

Although Pat was a recurring player on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW in the late 1950s and 1960s, unfortunately he did not have the opportunity to appear with Moe, Larry and Curly Joe on their three guest episodes (Jan. 11, Feb. 22 and Apr. 5, 1959).

Non-Stooges, Pat is most known for costarring as ‘Schneider’ on ONE DAY AT A TIME from 1975 – 1984.

Rest in peace. Obituary

R.I.P. to actor Jason Wingreen, 95, who passed away on Christmas morning.

Jason appeared in SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES (1961) as 'Prince Charming's palace courier,' and worked with Joe DeRita and Gregory Peck in THE BRAVADOS (1958). A very busy career doing mostly bit parts, but Jason became a familiar face to TV viewers 1977 - 1983 as 'Harry Snowden' on three years of ALL IN THE FAMILY and four years of its spinoff ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE.

THE BRAVADOS (1958), l - r, Gregory Peck, Herb Rudley, Jason Wingreen, Joe DeRita

SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES (1961), Bill Walsh and Jason Wingreen

ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE (1979 - 1983), Carroll O'Connor, Jason Wingreen, Allan Melvin

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Listen, Judge (1952)
« on: December 20, 2015, 02:47:18 PM »
we get to the rehashing of material from An Ache in Every Stake, and Shemp's turkey stuffing is--in my eyes--just as good, if not better than Curly's

ACHE in turn had rehashed those gags from A PEACH OF A PAIR (1934 Vitaphone), starring Shemp Howard.  Lloyd French directed PEACH, and wrote ACHE.

General Discussion / Three Stooges Journal # 156 (Winter 2015)
« on: December 15, 2015, 03:43:03 PM »
The Three Stooges Journal # 156 (Winter 2015) is now arriving in subscribers' mailboxes.   The preceding link to provides an index of contents.  Non-subscribers, take a look at what you're missing!

Events and TV / December 2015 - February 2016 TV Stooges
« on: November 27, 2015, 04:19:32 PM »
Eastern Times


ROAD SHOW (1941)  Shemp Howard cameo
12/15  11:15PM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen)  Moe, Larry & Curly Joe cameo
12/19  2:15PM
4 FOR TEXAS (1963)  Moe, Larry & Curly Joe guest appearance
12/31  6:15AM
ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939)  Shemp Howard appearance
12/31  11:45PM

THE DOUGHGIRLS (1944)  Joe DeRita costars
1/4  12PM
BUCK PRIVATES (1941)   Shemp Howard costars
1/23  4PM
THE HELEN MORGAN STORY (1957 Widescreen)   Joe Besser cameo
1/26  12PM

 -- 0 --


12/5  7:24AM  SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957)
12/5  7:48AM  THREE LOAN WOLVES (1946)
12/5  8:12AM  HORSING AROUND (1957)
12/5  8:36AM  G. I. WANNA HOME (1946)
12/6  7:24AM  RHYTHM AND WEEP (1946)
12/6  7:48AM  QUIZ WHIZZ (1958)
12/6  8:12AM  THREE LITTLE PIRATES (1946)
12/6  8:36AM  SWEET AND HOT (1958)
12/12  7AM – 9AM
12/13  7AM – 9AM
12/19  7AM – 9AM
12/20  7AM – 9AM
12/26  7AM – 9AM
12/27  7AM – 9AM


December *
12/10  6AM  BOOBY DUPES (1945)
12/10  6:25AM  BUSY BUDDIES (1944)
12/10  6:50AM  CACTUS MAKES PERFECT (1942)
12/11 – 12/31   TBA

  *  IFC periodically revises its schedule; refer to that channel’s website for any updates and changes


December *
12/1  9AM  A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936)
12/2  5:30AM  A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936)
12/3  9AM  BOOBY DUPES (1944)
12/5  5:05AM  PARDON MY SCOTCH (1935)
12/5  5:35AM  FUELIN’ AROUND (1949)
12/6  5:33AM  FIDDLERS THREE (1948)
12/7  5:30AM, 9AM  THE GHOST TALKS (1949)
12/7  5:35AM  MOVIE MANIACS (1936)
12/9  5:30AM  THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934)
12/9  9AM  HOI POLLOI (1935)
12/10  5:30AM  HOI POLLOI (1935)
12/10  5:35AM  NO CENSUS, NO FEELING (1940)
12/11 – 12/31   TBA

  *  AMC periodically revises its schedule; refer to that channel’s website for any updates and changes


12/4  1:15AM
12/8  2AM
12/9  4:30AM
12/17  11:04AM
12/26  10:05AM

Encore Westerns

12/12  4:40AM
12/27  4:55AM

THE BRAVADOS (1958)   Joe DeRita costars
1/4  8PM
1/5  2:35AM
1/10  1:20PM
1/14  12:20PM
1/16  12PM


THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1952 – 1953)   Joe Besser appearances (1st season episodes)
Sunday  6:30AM


THE JOEY BISHOP SHOW (1962 – 1965)   Joe Besser costars
Monday – Friday  7:30PM

TCM programming of interest...

Laurel & Hardy
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! II (1976), 12/12  12PM, 12/23  4:15AM

Abbott & Costello
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (1952), 12/5  2:30PM
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! II (1976), 12/12  12PM, 12/23  4:15AM
BUCK PRIVATES (1941), 1/23  4PM

Marx Brothers
DOUBLE DYNAMITE (1951), Groucho Marx, 12/3  6:15AM
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! II (1976), 12/12  12PM, 12/23  4:15AM
AT THE CIRCUS (1939), 12/15  11AM
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935), 12/27  6AM, 12/31  12PM
THE COCOANUTS (1929), 12/31  8:15AM
A DAY AT THE RACES (1937), 12/31  10AM, 2/19  8PM
ANIMAL CRACKERS (1930), 12/31  2PM
MONKEY BUSINESS (1931), 12/31  4PM
HORSE FEATHERS (1932), 12/31  5:30PM
DUCK SOUP (1933), 12/31  6:45PM
STAGE DOOR CANTEEN (1943), Harpo Marx, 1/31  6AM

W. C. Fields
DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935), 12/2  7AM, 12/13  6AM
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! II (1976), 12/12  12PM, 12/23  4:15AM

Buster Keaton
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), 12/5  8PM
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (1949), 12/12  3:15AM, 12/13  10AM, 12/25  4:15PM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1966 Widescreen), 1/2  6PM, 3/3  1:45AM
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956 Widescreen),  1/29  1AM, 3/3  3:30AM

Charlie Chaplin
THE CIRCUS (1928), 12/15  6AM
THE KID (1921), 12/26  3:30AM, 1/25  1:30AM

Harold Lloyd

Wheeler & Woolsey
THE NITWITS (1935), 12/18  6AM
KENTUCKY KERNELS (1935), 12/18  12:30PM
TOO MANY COOKS (1931), Bert Wheeler, 1/14  1:45PM

Our Gang
GENERAL SPANKY (1936), 2/10  3PM

Woody Allen
SLEEPER (1973 Widescreen), 1/16  4PM

Lucille Ball
LURED (1947), 12/3  8PM
FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936), 12/20  6AM
TOP HAT (1935), 12/26  10PM, 2/11  11:45PM
THAT’S DANCING! (1985 Widescreen), 12/28  6PM
STAGE DOOR (1937), 12/29  1:30AM, 2/4  9:30AM
YOURS, MINE AND OURS (1968 Widescreen), 1/10  6PM
THE LONG, LONG TRAILER (1954 Widescreen), Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, 1/17  6:15PM
MAME (1974 Widescreen), 1/24  2PM

Jack Benny
IT’S IN THE BAG (1945), 12/6  10PM
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! II (1976), 12/12  12PM, 12/23  4:15AM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 (1936), 2/1  10AM

Milton Berle
SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941), 12/6  1:45PM
WHERE ANGELS GO… TROUBLE FOLLOWS! (1968 Widescreen), 12/7  10PM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM

Bowery Boys / East Side Kids / Dead End Kids
MR. HEX (1946), 12/5  10:30AM
HARD BOILED MAHONEY (1947), 12/12  10:30AM
NEWS HOUNDS (1947), 12/19  10:30AM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), Leo Gorcey, Stanley Clements, 12/19  2:15PM
BOWERY BUCKAROOS (1947), 1/2  10:30AM
ANGELS ALLEY (1948), 1/9  10:30AM
DEAD END (1937), 1/16  3:15AM
JINX MONEY (1948), 1/16  10:30AM
SMUGGLERS COVE (1948), 1/23  10:30AM
TROUBLE MAKERS (1948), 1/30  10:45AM

Mel Brooks
THE TWELVE CHAIRS (1970 Widescreen), 12/6  8PM
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974 Widescreen), 2/26  8PM

Joe E. Brown
THE CIRCUS CLOWN (1934), 12/15  9:45AM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956 Widescreen), 1/29  1AM, 3/3  3:30AM

Brown & Carney
STEP LIVELY (1944), 12/17  7AM, 2/11  5:30AM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), Alan Carney, 12/19  2:15PM

Burns & Allen
A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS (1937), 2/17  4PM
THE SUNSHINE BOYS (1975 Widescreen), George Burns, 2/17  6PM

Eddie Cantor
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943), 12/3  1:45PM

Jimmy Durante
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! (1974), 12/5  12PM, 12/23  1:45AM
THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (1941), 12/6  10AM, 12/11  8PM, 12/25  2:15PM
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! II (1976), 12/12  12PM, 12/23  4:15AM
BILLY ROSE’S JUMBO (1962 Widescreen), 12/15  3:45PM, 2/1  1:45PM
IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN (1947), 12/17  3:15AM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM
THE GREAT RUPERT (1950), 12/24  6:45AM

Jackie Gleason
LARCENY, INC. (1942), 12/26  6AM, 1/7  12:45PM
THE HUSTLER (1961 Widescreen), 2/9  1AM

Bob Hope
THE IRON PETTICOAT (1956), 1/30  7:30AM

Don Knotts
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM

Ernie Kovacs
OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1960), 1/26  2AM
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (1958 Widescreen), 2/20  8:15AM 

Jerry Lewis
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM

Peter Sellers
THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT (1964 Widescreen), 12/7  8PM, 1/31  1:30PM
BEING THERE (1979 Widescreen), 2/13  10:15PM
LOLITA (1962 Widescreen), 2/14  12:30AM

Phil Silvers
LUCKY ME (1954 Widescreen), 12/3  6PM
SUMMER STOCK (1950), 12/14  9:45AM
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1966 Widescreen), 1/2  6PM, 3/3  1:45AM

Red Skelton
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! (1974), 12/5  12PM, 12/23  1:45AM
SUSAN SLEPT HERE (1954 Widescreen), 12/5  10PM
THAT’S DANCING! (1985 Widescreen), 12/28  6PM
OCEAN’S ELEVEN (1960 Widescreen), 1/23  12PM
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956 Widescreen), 1/29  1AM, 3/3  3:30AM

Dick Van Dyke
BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963 Widescreen), 1/10  4PM, 2/20  11:45AM

Jonathan Winters
IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963 Widescreen), 12/19  2:15PM
PENELOPE (1966 Widescreen),  1/7  2:30PM

MeTV programming of interest...

Abbott & Costello
THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1952 – 1954), Sunday  6:30AM

GetTV programming of interest...

Lucille Ball
HER HUSBAND’S AFFAIRS (1947), 12/2  2:40AM, 12/22  5PM, 12/23  11AM, 12/29  11AM

Danny Kaye
THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (1949), 12/13  4:35PM, 12/17  1PM

Dick Van Dyke
THE COMIC (1969), 12/4  3:05AM, 12/15  7PM, 11:50PM, 12/21  5:40PM, 12/30  7:40AM

AntennaTV programming of interest...

Jack Benny
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1954 – 1965), Monday – Friday  6AM

Burns & Allen
THE GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW (1952 – 1958), Sunday – Monday  3AM, Monday – Friday  5AM

Encore Westerns programming of interest...

Lucille Ball & Bob Hope
FANCY PANTS (1950), 1/25  12:25PM, 1/26  1AM, 1/30  7:25AM, 5PM

Encore Classic programming of interest...

Jerry Lewis
THE FAMILY JEWELS (1965), 12/21  10AM
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963), 1/3  6:50AM, 1/8  6:45AM

Encore Family programming of interest...

Jerry Lewis
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963), 12/11  8:25AM, 12/23  7:35AM, 1/14  3:40PM, 1/19  2:15PM

Movies! Channel programming of interest…

Buster Keaton
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), 12/3  10:25PM, 12/4  3:25AM, 12/10  5:40PM, 12/16  10:50PM, 12/17  4AM

Phil Silvers
THE CHEAP DETECTIVE (1978), 12/8  3:30PM, 12/20  11AM

Dick Van Dyke
BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963), 12/5  5:30PM, 12/21  8PM, 12/22  12:40AM, 12/26  5:30PM

FXM Retro programming of interest…

W. C. Fields
TALES OF MANHATTAN (1942), 12/1  3:30AM

Jackie Gleason
SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES (1942), 12/5  8:30AM, 12/6  6AM

The Ritz Brothers
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1939), 12/3  7:15AM

Phil Silvers
JUST OFF BROADWAY (1942), 12/5  6AM

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: One Good Turn (1931) - Laurel and Hardy
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:31:25 PM »
The ending is like watching Larry give it to Moe in THE SITTER DOWNERS, but this time, it's Stan giving a slapstick tirade to Ollie!  Ollie has to act more of a jerk than usual to get it, though, the way he accuses Stan unjustly of stealing the old lady's money.  Still the way Stan chops down the building Ollie is in and won't let Ollue leave the building without threatening to chop Ollie himself is interesting stuff, so I suppose Ollie acting the jerk is a good set up.

Produced for the benefit of Stan's young daughter Lois.  She had become wary/scared of her Uncle Babe because of the films she'd seen.  Stan worked out this plot device as a way of showing her that he was capable of taking care of himself.

THE DOUGHGIRLS (1944 WB) will be released to DVD by Warner Archive on December 1.  It's listed for pre-ordering at WA's site.  At this writing, Archive's retail partners (Amazon,, Movies Unlimited, etc.) have not yet added it to their sites.

Joe DeRita has a featured supporting role in the wartime comedy as a meek businessman adrift in an overbooked DC hotel, the 'wandering stranger' who passes thru several scenes looking for nothing more than a bed and some sleep.  Joe's character is featured in the film's ending fadeout, and was given the spotlight on one of its original lobby cards.


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