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The last thing I knew was that the set is definitely in the works but it's not ready yet. The Amazon pre-order page never should have been up when it was.

General Discussion / Re: Larry Fine and my dad
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:45:35 PM »
That's a great story -- it's always welcome to see a picture of Larry I haven't seen before, and the audio recording is a great bonus as well. Thanks for sharing!

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

General Discussion / Re: Favorite non comedy films of the golden age
« on: August 28, 2017, 01:09:53 PM »
1930s films like Baby Face, Night Nurse, Three on a Match, Wild Boys of the Road, Picture Snatcher, Lady Killer, Black Legion, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, Mayor of Hell, Little Giant, Slight Case of Murder, San Quentin, etc. As far as feature films go, the 1930s rank as one of my favorite decades, up there with the 1970s and 1980s.

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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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Convict 13 (1920) - Buster Keaton
« on: May 23, 2017, 11:01:31 AM »
TCM article on the short -

"That we can enjoy Convict 13 today is something of a minor miracle--the ravages of time had eaten away at available copies until only fragments remained. Then, in the 1970s, Raymond Rohauer pieced together copies unearthed around the world to reassemble a nearly complete reconstruction."

Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: Convict 13 (1920) - Buster Keaton
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:56:52 PM »
I watched this for the first time today, after watching The High Sign and One Week. The High Sign was okay. One Week was pretty good. But Convict 13 was even better. The short's million miles a minute pacing was a huge plus, and the physical comedy was superb. At least on the version I watched, a lively and at times cartoon-like score just added to the experience. I rank it among the best Keaton shorts I've seen, which include the ones mentioned here plus his Columbia and Educational output. I saw those sound shorts years ago, but am just getting into his silent shorts now.

I can only hope the rest of his silent shorts match Convict 13. has Kino's 3-disc Blu-Ray set of Keaton's 1920-1923 shorts for $7.95. It's loaded with quality extras, too. A no-brainer for me at that price. Kino's stuff is rarely discounted that much. That set has arguably been surpassed by a more recent one from Kino covering 1917-1923, but you're not getting that for $8 and the extras weren't carried over.

Convict 13 seems to have varying running times. The one linked here runs 24 minutes. The one on the 1920-1923 set runs 19. The one on the 1917-1923 set runs 21.

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:

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…"

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