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Next volume will have LUNCHEON AT TWELVE, one of the few post 1931's I've seen.  It is of definite interest to Stooge fans.

You've piqued my interest. I've only seen maybe a handful of his post 1931 Roach shorts, and that isn't one of them.

What did you think of ROUGH SEAS (1931)? The old adage is that sequels are rarely as good as the original film but I thought ROUGH SEAS beat HIGH C's by a mile. Lots of fun.

I finished this set. Watching these in order, you can really sense the Chase talkies found their groove with the 1931 releases. The 1930 crop certainly wasn't without highlights, but the 1931 releases were more consistently good. The only 1931 release I'd rate less than good was the first, THUNDERING TENORS.

I'm eager to see where the Chase talkies go from here. Bring on vol 2!

I've watched the first disc shorts and commentaries so far and am enjoying the heck out of this.  Richard Roberts does a great job at being both informative and personable - the guy has a sense of humor and I don't feel like I'm in a classroom like with other audio commentaries, yet I still learn a lot.

I wonder if the reason why the Chase shorts didn't catch on with the baby boomers when they were kids watching on television was because they were more adult than The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and Our Gang?  Just a theory on my part, but especially WHISPERING WHOOPEE and LOOSER THAN LOOSE are extremely adult oriented. 

HIGH C'S and to a lesser extent, THE REAL MCCOY, almost come across as novelties, but the other shorts are excellent.  Chase was a fantastic comedian and so was Thelma Todd, in addition to being gorgeous.  They work fantastically together.  I really hope more volumes come out, I at least did my free market part and bought it.

Oh, and forget about Edgar Kennedy's mumbled background "shit" in PERFECT DAY, Chase blatantly says "shitty" as an actual line in ALL TEED UP.  I thought I was hearing things, but my suspicions were confirmed in the audio commentary.

Your theory makes sense to me. Good as most of these are so far, I can't see kids getting into them as easily as the other acts you mentioned.

I'm now a couple shorts into disc 2. The two that were weaker than the rest so far were HIGH C's and THUNDERING TENORS. HIGH C's never really got off the ground for me, and I don't seem to be alone in not being a huge fan of THUNDERING TENORS. Two of the three written reviews at IMDb trash the film pretty hard. The one saving grace in the film are Charley's scenes with the female doctor at the end - those are lot of fun, but they can't salvage the rest of it.


By most accounts I've read, the Chase shorts only better better after this 1930-31 period.

Still waiting on my DVD. It was supposed to come this Monday, but I just got word that it won’t arrive until Wednesday. [cry]

I think that's because it's selling well and it's taking longer to get more in.

Mine arrived today!  Get out at work 12:30 on Friday and have a very rare weekend with zero plans or commitments, so it shall be glorious digging through this set.  Will post my thoughts.

Between this and watching and reviewing SPEAK EASILY, plenty of Hot Toddy this weekend!  Thelma Todd features on the cover, so I'm expecting a lot of her in this set.

I eagerly await your takes on these shorts.

My set came on Tuesday. I ordered last Thursday and had 2-day shipping.

People will be very pleased with this set. I've sampled several shorts and watched the first four completely. All were enjoyable to varying degrees. I liked The Real McCoy more than I thought I would, and Chase has a nice song in it. A pleasant surprise.  Whispering Whoopee starts a little slow but ends up being quite a bit of fun. All Teed Up wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but there were still enjoyable aspects to it. Fifty Million Husbands was a gem - the best of the four so far.  Charley's quiet night at home turns into anything but when a separated couple shows up at different points of the night to look at their old home.

All Teed Up and Fifty Million Husbands were both directed by Edgar Kennedy, who also acts in both films.

Audio and video is good.

This long-awaited set looks to be worth every penny. Here's hoping it sells enough to warrant more volumes.

Nearly all of these will be new to me. I'm especially looking forward to seeing THE HASTY MARRIAGE and a good copy of THE PIP FROM PITTSBURG.

Hopefully this sells well and more volumes will follow.

This set is officially official, and ready to order for real now.

For Immediate Release


Volume One Contains 18 Rare Talking Comedy Shorts From The Golden Age of Hollywood

(Phoenix, AZ) The Sprocket Vault announces its latest DVD release: CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME ONE: 1930-31, the first in a series and available exclusively on Amazon. These 18 comedy shorts on a 2-DVD set showcases this great but somewhat neglected comedian during some of his prime film days.

From 1924-1936, Charley Chase made hilarious short comedies for the Hal Roach Studios. He was one of their most popular comedy stars in both the silent and sound eras. His talkie shorts for Hal Roach have never been collected into a comprehensive collection before, and now THE SPROCKET VAULT brings them to the public in a planned multi-volume collection designed to reacquaint comedy fans to his wonderful short films.

Charley Chase was considered the leading man of comedians, a handsome, talented performer with strong comedy credentials on both sides of the camera. He became Hal Roach's number two star in terms of box office, second only to Laurel and Hardy during his stay at Roach. Chase utilized a style that incorporated classic visual comedy blended with more situational and screwball elements, his sound comedies also highlight his musical abilities. Chase was an accomplished singer and dancer as well.

The films in this 1930-31 collection are also complimented by the presence of Charley Chase's then-frequent leading lady, the lovely and vivacious Thelma Todd. She was a beautiful and statuesque blonde with great timing and comedy talent, whose work with Charley Chase and other comedians propelled her to stardom in her own Hal Roach comedy series. Her career as a lead comedienne was tragically cut short by her early death in 1935 at the age of 29.

The Sprocket Vault's new Charley Chase collection utilizes original Hal Roach Studio print materials for its digital masters, and each short on this collection is accompanied by a commentary track from noted film historian and Hal Roach authority Richard M. Roberts, who shines new light on the "Lot of Fun" and the people involved in making these classic comedies in an informative, clever, and entertaining manner.

CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME ONE: 1930-31 contains -The Shorts - 1930: The Real McCoy, Whispering Whoopee, All Teed Up, Fifty Million Husbands, Fast Work, Girl Shock, Dollar Dizzy, Looser Than Loose, High C's

The Shorts - 1931: Thundering Tenors, The Pip from Pittsburg, Rough Seas, One of the Smiths, The Panic Is On, Skip the Maloo! What a Bozo! The Hasty Marriage

Extra: La Senorita De Chicago (1931) (Spanish-language version of THE PIP FROM PITTSBURG)


Retail: $34.99

Amazon Price: $24.93

Language: English

Running Time: 413 minutes

Color: Black & White

Year: 1930 & 31

Rating: Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 - 4X3

Available Now!

The Sprocket Vault DVDs are sold exclusively through Amazon.

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General Discussion / Re: Chaplin
« on: January 09, 2018, 12:37:55 PM »
I've struggled with Chaplin. At the end of the day, I'm not a big fan of mixing comedy and emotion the way he does. Among silent clowns, I greatly prefer Keaton. I have a much easier time getting into his films and have a much higher batting average with them.

THE COOK is another silent classic. A few days ago, I wrote that THE BELL BOY was the best Arbuckle/Keaton short I had seen to that point. THE COOK gives THE BELL BOY a run for its money for that distinction.

I'm struggling to come up with something from THE COOK that didn't work for me. The short is pure fun from beginning to end. The highlights are plentiful, from the hi-jinks in the kitchen, the dancing scenes, the noodle scenes, Luke the Dog's antics, location filming, the scenes at the amusement park, etc.

One of the more memorable bits was when Keaton gets shoved into the kitchen and nearly gets decapitated by Arbuckle's cleaver.

There's little moments that stick out, like Fatty's expression at the 11:12 mark of the video linked in the first post of this thread. Another one is the look between Keaton and the female customer at the 1:45 mark. Keaton then proceeds to roll his eyes afterwards.

I rang in 2018 by watching this entry from 1918. It was a good way to start the new year.

John Bengston has some info on the locations used in THE COOK:

I've been watching the Arbuckle/Keaton Comiques in order and this one is the best so far. In fact, I'd rate it alongside Keaton's best solo silent shorts. At 26:05 (on the Blu-Ray version), it's the longest running of the Comique's I've seen so far. But the short flies by with an incredible pace.

Some of the bits in THE BELL BOY turn up 19 years later in Keaton's Educational short LOVE NEST ON WHEELS. But everything used in both films is carried out to better effect in THE BELL BOY.

I can't think of anything bad to say about THE BELL BOY. Much of the short is pure mayhem, especially the bank robbery scenes, and it all works. I thought the barbershop bits were clever. As I was watching it, I was thinking some who watched the short in 1918 were alive when Lincoln and Grant were. That's kind of fascinating to think about.

THE BELL BOY is an undeniable silent classic. It's the kind of short I'd suggest to someone who hasn't seen much silent comedy. The Kino Blu-Ray is the best place to watch it.

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:

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