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Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Stage Mother - 10/17/17
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:52:01 AM »
Warner Archive is releasing Stage Mother (1933) on DVD-R on October 17. The film is making its home video debut.

Ted Healy has a featured supporting role and Larry appears briefly as a music department customer.


Stage Mother at

Sprocket Vault is slated to release Charley Chase: The Hal Roach Talkies Volume One 1930-31 at a to be determined date.

The two-disc DVD set is slated to consist of 18 shorts. It's said that the set will use restorations from the best possible elements.

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General Discussion / Lorna Gray passes away at 99
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:19:51 PM »
The Three Stooges Fan Club has learned that supporting player Lorna Gray (aka Adrian Booth) has passed away at 99. She would have turned 100 in July.

Gray was one of the more notable surviving links to the Curly era with memorable roles in Three Sappy People and You Nazty Spy! She also appeared in Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise and Rockin Thru the Rockies.

A clip of Gray in Three Sappy People can be seen at

A more formal obit of Gray can be found at:

The Marx Brothers are coming to Blu-Ray.

Universal will release The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection on October 18. The three disc set will include The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup. Amazon has a pre-order for $59.98:

These films have all received 4K restorations in the last couple years, so there should be a drastic improvement from the old DVDs. It's unlikely these films have ever, or will ever, look and sound better than they will here.

Amazon has listed these special features:

Disc 1 - The Cocoanuts:
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Disc 1 - Animal Crackers:
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Jeffrey Vance

Disc 2 - Monkey Business:
Commentary with Marx Bros. Historian/Author Robert S. Bader and Bill Marx

Disc 2 - Horse Feathers:
Feature Commentary with Film Critic F.X. Feeney

Disc 3 - Duck Soup:
The Marx Brothers: Hollywood’s Kings of Chaos
Inside the NBC Vault - Today Show Interview with Harpo Marx (1961)
Inside the NBC Vault - Today Show Interview with Groucho Marx (1963)
Inside the NBC Vault - Today Show Interview with William Marx (1985)
Commentary with Film Critic/Historian Leonard Maltin and Marx Bros. Historian/Author Robert S. Bader

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Blondes and Redheads set - 4/28/15
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:03:11 PM »
Contrary to what the title may suggest, this isn't a set with explicit content. Rather, it's a set of four shorts from the "Blondes and Redheads" series RKO produced in the mid-1930's. Alpha Video is releasing it on DVD-R on April 28. As with most Alpha releases, video quality will probably be average at best, but at least this stuff is getting out there.

Unlike the vast majority of two-reelers from that era, this series is an unknown to me, which makes it intriguing. Has anyone seen the four shorts listed below?

Of special interest to Stooge fans are appearances from the likes of Dorothy Granger, Tom Kennedy, Billy Engle and Heine Conklin.

Inspired by the popularity of Hal Roach's "The Boyfriends", RKO began a series of two-reel comedies called "Blondes and Redheads" in 1933. Where "The Boyfriends" focused on the romantic mishaps of clueless young men, "Blondes and Redheads" followed the adventures of two sexy working girls trying to make their way in the big city. RKO hired Roach director George Stevens to helm the series. The "Blonde" in all 11 shorts was Carol Tevis, while the "Redhead" was initially June Brewster. After 6 shorts, she was replaced by Dorothy Granger, who had been a "Boyfriends" regular. Tevis and Brewster also appeared together in Flying Down to Rio (1933). The series ended in 1935, when Stevens started making features. Some of his greatest accomplishments include Gunga Din (1939), Penny Serenade (1941), Shane (1953), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). He won the Academy Award for Best Director for both A Place in the Sun (1951) and Giant (1956).

THE UNDIE-WORLD: The girls fall for a nebbishy violin teacher, believing that he is a rich and powerful gangster, causing an actual mobster to go mad with jealousy.

ROUGH NECKING: June's father forbids her to see her boyfriend, so she sneaks him into the house disguised as a woman. One of her father's friends, however, falls in love with the mysterious young "woman".

THE DANCING MILLIONAIRE: To prove his sophistication, a brutish gangster enlists the girls' help in winning a dancing competition.

OCEAN SWELLS: Dorothy and Carol pose as high-society girls on a yacht, but they'll have to learn how to swim when their monkeyshines are discovered.

Product page:

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Stooge features to Blu-Ray on 4/21/15
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:04:10 AM »
Mill Creek Entertainment will release two volumes of Three Stooges feature films on Blu-Ray on April 21.

Volume one will have TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (1941), ROCKIN IN THE ROCKIES (1945) and HAVE ROCKET, WILL TRAVEL (1959).


Each volume has a $14.98 SRP. There doesn't appear to be any special features on either volume.

All six films will be making their Blu-Ray debut.

Now only if Sony would release the 190 shorts and the solo shorts on Blu-Ray.....

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Brown & Carney set released
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:43:33 AM »
Warner Archive on Tuesday released a set of films starring the 1940's comedy team of Wally Brown and Alan Carney.

The set includes The Adventures of a Rookie (1943), Rookies in Burma (1943), Girl Rush (1944), and Genius at Work (1946).

Brown &  Carney, who were RKO's answer to Abbott & Costello, rank among the most obscure comedy teams from that period. Their films haven't gotten a lot of love on home video, and are rarely broadcast. Maybe there's a reason; the IMDB ratings for these films leave a lot to be desired.

This blog post from 2010 paints the duo in a more positive light:

I haven't seen any of their films. Is anyone here a fan of this team?

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) is headed back to Blu-Ray.

It was previously released on that format in 2012 under Universal's 100th Anniversary line. But that edition quickly went out-of-print and has been relatively expensive to obtain.

The upcoming release contains a Blu-Ray plus a digital copy. There isn't a DVD copy included this time.

The upcoming release has a MSRP of $19.98. You can get it on Amazon for less than that as of now.

The extras (see below) are the same as the 2012 release.

Shout Factory is slated to release all four seasons of The Phil Silvers Show on DVD on Nov. 4.

The 143 episodes will be spread over 20 discs. There is no word on any extras.

If you order from Shout Factory (link above) the set ships four weeks early (Oct. 7). The current price is 104.99.

A pre-order on Amazon should follow soon.

Most episodes of Phil Silvers Show have not previously been released on DVD. In 2006, Paramount released an 18-episode "best of" collection. The complete first season followed in 2010.

All 143 hilarious episodes!
One of the all-time classics from the golden age of television, Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show: The Complete Series has finally arrived on DVD. This multiple Emmy® Award winner, which originally aired from 1955-1959, was one of early television’s biggest smashes and still commands attention today as both a hilarious sitcom and a star-making showcase for legendary comedian Phil Silvers (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) in his signature role as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.
Running the motor pool at Fort Baxter, the cagey Sgt. Bilko has always got an ace up his sleeve and a scheme in his head. From get-rich-quick scams to plots designed to keep himself free from the drudgery of work, he’s always running an angle that will be sure to leave his commanding officer Colonel Hall tearing out his hair — and viewers in stitches!
Featuring a memorable supporting cast, including Harvey Lembeck, Allan Melvin, Joe E. Ross, and Paul Ford, the 143 episodes in this set represent a true masterpiece of American comedy. With some of the snappiest jokes and kookiest characters of all time, Sgt. Bilko -The Phil Silvers Show: The Complete Series is an essential piece of any classic television fan’s collection.

Discs: 20   
Video region: Region 1
Color: Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Language: English

General Discussion / Three Stooges Burger House
« on: July 04, 2014, 09:55:13 PM »

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Other DVD News Odds & Ends in 2014
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:41:58 PM »
Universal is releasing the Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection  on April 29.

The 4-disc, 10 film set is a repackaging, similar to what Universal did with its W.C Fields and Marx Brothers sets. Amazon currently has a pre-order price of $13.98 for the Hope set.

The set includes: "Give Me A Sailor," "Thanks For The Memory," "Never Say Die," "The Cat And The Canary," "The Ghost Breakers," "Caught In The Draft," "Nothing But The Truth," "My Favorite Blonde," "The Paleface," and "Sorrowful Jones."

Command Performance 1944
Command Performance 1945
Entertaining the Troops
Hollywood Victory Caravan

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Alpha releases rare sound comedy shorts
« on: January 02, 2014, 08:30:58 AM »
Budget label Alpha Video released a disc of "rare sound comedy shorts" earlier this week.

The set is billed as a "collection of lost theatrical shorts from America and the United Kingdom."

As of now, there are no details on what titles are included, but the DVD cover features James Gleason, Andy Clyde, Mae Busch, and Elsa Lanchester.

The DVD-R disc can be had for 3.98 + SH through Oldies on Amazon.

Front cover:

General Discussion / Leonard Maltin on The Commentary Track
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:49:58 PM »
I thought this would be of general interest here...

Leonard Maltin is the guest on the latest episode of Frank Thompson's podcast, The Commentary Track.

Listen Here:

Frank Thompson talks with author, film historian and TV personality Leonard Maltin about his prolific career in books, television, teaching and all aspects of cinema.

The Commentary Track on Facebook:

Budget distributor Alpha Video will release a collection of Clark and McCullough shorts on October 29.

Slated to be in the collection are: The Druggist's Dilemma (1933), The Gay Nighties (1933), Kickin' the Crown Around (1933), Snug in the Jug (1933), Love and Hisses (1934) and Everything's Ducky (1934).

The disc, a DVD-R, pre-orders for $5.95.

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Charley Chase Columbia shorts Vol 2 - 11/5/13
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:40:45 PM »
Sony will release a second volume of Charley Chase Columbia shorts on November 5, according to The Digital Bits.

The set will include the rest of his starring entries at Columbia: The Big Squirt, Calling All Doctors, From Bad to Worse, The Grand Hooter, His Bridal Fright, Many Sappy Returns, The Nightshirt Bandit, Pie a la Maid, The Sap Takes a Wrap, Teacher’s Pest, Time Out for Trouble and The Wrong Miss Wright.

No ordering information as of yet.

Let the countdown begin.

General Discussion / Rare 1971 Moe interview (audio)
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:40:05 PM »
A rare 1971 interview with Moe Howard has surfaced.

The interview, conducted by Richard Lamparski, was apparently part of a "Whatever Became Of" series.

It can be downloaded at the link below in the mp3 format. It runs about 35 minutes.

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / ROCKET, ROCKIN standalone - 9/2/13
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:01:48 AM »
On Sept. 2, Sony is scheduled to release standalone versions of HAVE ROCKET, WILL TRAVEL (1959) and ROCKIN IN THE ROCKIES (1945).

Barring a surprise, these will be MOD discs. Both should retail for around $20 each.

It will mark the third time those films have been released since mid-2012.

The first time was in June 2012, when both films were released on pressed disc as part of the 3-disc "Rare Treasures From The Columbia Pictures Vault" set.

The second time was when Sony re-issued that set through its MOD program in Jan. 2013.

Now the films will be released separately. Quite possibly the most pointless releases of the year.

General Discussion / 15 part series on Healy's death
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:18:38 PM »
The Daily Mirror blog has produced a 15 part series on the death of Ted Healy.

Mark Evanier's News From Me blog gives it an overview and links to all 15 parts:

Highly recommended.

General Discussion / Stoogeum in the News - 6/11/13
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:33:54 PM »
Check out this great article about the Stoogeum from Tuesday's Montgomery (PA) News:

Just when you think the recent 34.99 sale would be as low as it goes, the Ultimate Collection is now down to 29.99 through May 23.

General Discussion / Began a Stooges blog
« on: May 06, 2013, 01:53:50 PM »
If anyone is interested, I have begun a blog dedicated to all the "lost" players from the Stooge films. The first entry is Norma Randall, the most prominent missing player.

Check it out:

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Two Sennett shorts to DVD/Blu, 6/4/13
« on: May 06, 2013, 01:18:53 PM »
Two Mack Sennett shorts will be included as extras on the upcoming (6/4) DVD/Blu-Ray release of the 1933 romantic comedy PERFECT UNDERSTANDING.

The Sennett shorts are HUSBAND'S REUNION (1933) and DREAM STUFF (1933). Per IMDB, they both star Walter Catlett.

Has anyone seen either short?

More info:

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / DAZE DVD seemingly OOP
« on: April 26, 2013, 12:31:54 AM »
The DVD of THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE has apparently been discontinued. Amazon is no longer selling it and third parties on the site are charging $30 and up for it. Michael's Movie Mayhem, a DVD database, confirms the disc is "discontinued." It has vanished from other prominent online retailers as well (Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, WalMart)... though one, Movies Unlimited, still seems to have it for $10.99.

Curiously, discs for the other legitimate 60s Columbia features (ORBIT, HERCULES, OUTLAWS) are still readily available.

STOP, LOOK & LAUGH has also been discontinued, but people can't give that away.

Youtube and Google Videos / Tom Bergeron on interviewing Stooges
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:24:01 PM »
Nice video of Tom Bergeron talking about the times he interviewed Moe and Larry:

Stooges DVD/VHS/Home Video / Deal: Ultimate Collection $34.99
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:13:22 PM »
If anyone doesn't have last year's Ultimate Collection, now is a good time to buy. is selling it through 4/18 at 34.99.

Remember spending around $20 for one volume?


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