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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Waiting in the Lurch (1949) - Joe Besser
« on: November 17, 2016, 05:51:35 PM »
I actually prefer the remake, THE FIRE CHASER, to the original in this case. It tightens things up and adds a solid chase scene at the end with Vernon Dent.

There isn't much to see here. It's another DVD set, at a time when a Blu-Ray release is overdue. Also, the solo shorts aren't included in this re-hashed set.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Bride and Gloom (1947)
« on: October 19, 2016, 05:17:40 PM »
Probably won't review 'em, but I should re watch those Clyde shorts.  Made during the Columbia shorts late 30's early 40's prime.

Andy Clyde and Shemp had real chemistry, better than what he had with the likes of El Brendel. It's too bad there weren't more Shemp-Clyde pairings but at least we have what we have... Boobs in the Woods (1940) is the biggest gem of their pairings, though I haven't seen the MIA Not Guilty Enough.

An interesting question would be who was Shemp's best partner in his solo shorts.... you have Clyde, Brendel, Tom Kennedy, Daphne Pollard, Harry Gribbon, Jack Haley, Roscoe Ates, etc.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Bride and Gloom (1947)
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:57:43 PM »
Bride and Gloom is a solid domestic comedy helped by a great cast. Probably a 7/10 for me.

Excluding the feature film Africa Screams, Bride and Gloom was Shemp's last solo effort.

Moviegoers may have been a bit confused at the time. Bride and Gloom was released to theaters in late March 1947, a few weeks AFTER after Fright Night, Shemp's return effort with the Stooges.

I  think the same church exterior used in Bride and Gloom can also be seen in the Besser Columbia solo Waiting in the Lurch.

Do people prefer Shemp's solo shorts with Vitaphone or Columbia?

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Slappily Married (1946) - Joe Derita
« on: October 18, 2016, 02:36:00 PM »
Slappily Married is a pretty solid short in my book. I'd probably give it a 7/10.  The opening kitchen scene is great and the film sustains itself well from there on out. Unfortunately, the next three DeRita shorts aren't as good (especially the last one, Jitter Bughouse, one of the biggest stinkers of the entire Stooge cannon).

Emil Sitka was cast as a lawyer in Slappily Married but it was cut before release. You can read Emil's recollections on the short at:

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Slappily Married (1946) - Joe Derita
« on: October 18, 2016, 02:28:25 PM »
If anyone hasn't seen the solo shorts, check your local Ollies Bargain Outlet (if you have one). There have been reports online of the 3 disc "Rare Treasures" set turning up at Ollies for only $6.99.

Amazon pre-order down to $43.27.

Also, I *believe*  the hallway set in this short is the same hallway set used in No Dough Boys, which was also filmed in April 1944. The way the staircase railing curves at the end match.

This was a perfectly solid short, but that's about it. The Charley Chase version was probably better.

The husband and wife arguing over music kind of reminds me of Oliver Hardy and his wife in Unaccustomed As We Are, but that was done better.

I've always liked this short. I'd give it a solid 8. As some mentioned, Shemp's shaving gag is pretty good (the whole bathroom scene is solid). The early part of the film in the workshop is good too, like the part when Brendel tries to put tools in Al Thompson's chest (literally). Another highlight is when Brendel falls down the basement and Shemp shows absolutely no regard for him even though Brendel is wailing in agony. It's amusing in a cruel sense.

The rear box art says Animal Crackers contains footage not seen since the film was edited to meet production code standards for reissue in 1936.

Also of note, the box lists an "all-new" feature length documentary featuring interviews with Marx family members, Dick Cavett, Leonard Maltin, etc.

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

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Booty and the Beast (1953)
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:18:16 PM »
I'm probably in the minority, but I don't mind the Shemp remakes. In a majority of the cases, I actually prefer the remake. That being said, all the remakes are regrettable in the sense that the Stooges were still more than capable of churning out good, new shorts.

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Slaphappy Sleuths (1950)
« on: September 26, 2015, 01:56:54 PM »
I've always enjoyed the short, but one thing that hurts it is the cheapness of the gas station set. Compare that to VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY, where they used an exterior set that had more character and created more of an atmosphere.

General Discussion / Re: Our Gang/The Little Rascals thread
« on: September 07, 2015, 11:22:35 PM »
I imagine there must be few cast members left.

From Mark Evanier's News From Me blog --

"There are actually around 35 Our Gang performers still alive, though that number includes several who merely had bit parts in one or two of the shorts. I'm not sure which one had the most appearances…maybe Robert Blake (yes, that Robert Blake). He was in forty of the shorts. Most of those who are alive were in the sound Our Gang films which were made until 1944. Jean was one of the last four performers — all women — who appeared in the silent Our Gang shorts. And now there are three…"

General Discussion / Re: Myrt And Marge has been restored!
« on: July 28, 2015, 05:49:49 PM »
Hopefully, the restored film gets released on DVD/Blu-Ray, even if it's just a DVD-R.

General Discussion / Re: New Groucho Marx biopic by.......Rob Zombie
« on: June 20, 2015, 12:27:21 PM »
Raised Eyebrows is one of my favorite books of all-time... just an endlessly fascinating account of Groucho's final years. I'm looking forward to the movie.

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:

Yep, I'll definitely be getting this. Any release dates?

The press release has since been updated to say May 31, but that's kind of odd. It's a Sunday. New releases almost always come out on Tuesdays.

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?

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Beer Barrel Polecats (1946)
« on: December 27, 2014, 09:18:57 AM »
Beer Barrel Polecats starts off the worst year of releases for the Curly era. Aside from Curly's declining health, the 1946 releases were marred by several sub-par scripts like Three Troubledoers, Rhythm and Weep, Three Loan Wolves and Uncivil War Birds. Even a prime Curly wouldn't have made much of a difference in those bottom-tier offerings.

Beer Barrel Polecats wasn't as bad as some of what would follow later in the year, but it's only a middle of the road effort. The beer making scenes in the kitchen save the short and make it mildly memorable.

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