Soup to Nuts with the Three Stooges
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on December 3, 2013
Ted Healy (1896-1937) is this star of this crazy comedy, which is notable for the film debut of the Stooges, namely Shemp Howard, Harry (Moe) Howard, and Larry Fine. Almost a fourth stooge, Fred Sanborn (1899-1961) plays a fireman who has no spoken dialogue, but whispers things to Ted Healy that only he can hear and understand. With his bushy eyebrows and funny walk, Fred's antics make him the strangest character in this film, which is really saying something! Reuben "Rube" Goldberg (1883-1970), best remembered as a cartoonist and creator of crazy contraptions, wrote the screenplay for this film, and it shows. Not only is his wacky burglar alarm and other inventions featured throughout the movie, the plot itself bounces around like a rubber ball in a Rube Goldberg maze. One of the best scenes in the film is the Stooges singing "You'll Never Know What Tears Are" in its entirety, while Fred Sanborn's character tries unsuccessfully to drop sandbags on their heads. The other notable scene is the firemen's ball, when Ted Healy and the Stooges perform routines from their vaudeville act. Clocking it at 71 minutes, this cinematic craziness was over quickly, and left me shaking my head as to what I just watched. I'm happy that this film was restored and released on DVD since, as I read elsewhere, it was almost lost forever.
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A TRULY FUN Three Stooges movie. They are not the stars but supporting players. And Moe is here "Harry" and you get to see Shemp before his decision to leave the act -- which debuted on Columbia with Curley. Most fascinating is the first scene where Stooge "boss" Ted Healy tries to have a stage sandbag fall on the singing stooges from above. This scene was duplicated on a widely seen You Tube of the old Ed Wynn Show in the early 1950s which features the stooges with Shemp. Ted Healy, who died you, is utterly superb. He oozes stage presence and star charisma. Print quality is excellent. I love early sound comedies and although this one is a musical, of sorts, its more comedy. Its written by cartoonist Rube Goldberg -- and that's evident. I think all Stooges Fans MUST own this (or you get a poke in the eye) as should any fans (like me) who watch, study and even collect old early sound comedies (get 'em while they last because they will go out of print)
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on April 8, 2009
This is a must have for every Stooge Fan. Most people didn't know that the Three Stooges was a side act that Ted Healy had to get more laughs. Ted Healy is truly the Fourth Stooge and It's great to see some of their stage act seeing how my Dad wasn't even born yet.

The Three Stooges isn't the main act in this DVD. The stooges just appear from time to time but it's well worth the wait. To see how life was back then and what we have today is cool to see as well. Do your Stooge fan a favor and buy them this DVD.
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on July 4, 2014
Excellent restored film print of a rare 3 Stooges feature film with Ted Healy as their boss giving the orders. Before the 3 Stooges left for Columbia Pictures. With Shemp Howard not Curly . Shemp left after this to pursue a solo career. A very funny film indeed . Wonderful comic performances throughout . Excellent casting. Highly recommended.
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on April 20, 2013
This movie is really great. Not only does it show the Stooges in their movie beginnings, but a lot of good slapstick humor all around. Probably not funny to todays supposed comedy'' standards'', but real clean funny stuff. Good purchase.
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on September 1, 2011
This movie is a real bomb. I couldn't watch the entire thing it was so bad. Its only value is to show how the Stooges got their start as extras under Ted Healy. Just for that fact, it's worth having.

The silent 'comedian' in this picture is anything but funny, and Healy himself bombs big-time. The only character who seems at ease with his part is Shemp Howard.

You could chalk up the poor quality to the fact that talkies were still in their infancy; but then again, the Marx Brothers were doing screen comedy quite well at the same time.

The seller is to be commended for offering this DVD at rock-bottom price. It is indeed rock-bottom! :)
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on November 29, 2014
I got it for a friend. Loves it. Any fan who loves them should have it.
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on April 12, 2015
love the stooges
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on August 7, 2014
funny too funny
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on May 17, 2005
This last review was helpful to me as I was going crazy trying to figure out why the dvd jacket states the film is in color, the pictures of the Stooges are all in color, and even other posts on the web misstate this.

The film is in glorious black and white, but the negative is sharp and the images clear. The sound too is remarkable for a film of this age. The actors are hokey, the girls cute in that Betty Boop fashion, and the Stooges - well, what can you say about perfection?

Kudo's to the Stooge society for raising the money to preserve this little gem back in the 70's. It might have been lost forever otherwise.

Watching the Stooges is always reason to celebrate (the release of Snow White and the 3 Stooges (feat. Joe DeRita) is also a magnificent film (and yes, that one is really in color!)

So what do we have ? One of the Stooge's first and one of their last , released in pristine quality to enjoy for the ages.

One last thing...I could never understand the appeal of Ted Healey and always resented the fact that he was such a no talent slapping OUR boys around and generally mistreating them. With Soup to Nuts, I see no reason to change that assessment. I'm glad that history (and the common sense of the Stooges) finally kicked his no-talent butt to the curb, and continued into cinema history and our hearts as the act we all grew up loving!
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