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The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954 (2009)

Moe Howard , Shemp Howard  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Larry Fine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 356 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MJV786
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954" on IMDb

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What chills, what thrills! While the Three Stooges' best days were behind them, these 22 slaphappy shorts produced between 1952 and 1954 demonstrate that the enduring comedy team still had a lot of hair-pulling, eye-gouging, and head-banging life in them yet. You can be forgiven a certain amount of déjà vu when watching some of the shorts. Studio budget cuts necessitated the use of recycled footage. "Booty and the Beast," for one, contains Curly's now-poignant cameo in "Hold That Lion." Still other shorts recycled plots from the team's Curly days ("A Missed Fortune" is a remake of "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb"). While none of these shorts rank in the Stooges pantheon or are likely to change anyone's anti-Shemp bias (can't we all just get along?), they are knockabout fun for die-hard fans. The highlights of this set are "Spooks!" and "Pardon My Backfire," the team's pioneering forays into 3-D. An engagement anniversary cake, water, fire, and hypodermic needle comin' at ya are crude but effective. Other shorts offer sublimely surreal silliness. In "Cuckoo on a Choo Choo," a T-shirted Larry storms around like a Marlon Brando wannabe, while a soused Shemp hallucinates a giant canary. The vaudeville tradition lives on in "Tricky Dicks," with god-awful gags (the old "wooden leg named Smith" bit) and bizarre dialogue ("How dare you look like someone I hate," a woman greets Larry). The political satire "Three Dark Horses" is a fine example of the classic Stooges formula, in which villains seek three patsies "who are too dumb to think and will do what we tell them. Now where do we find such guys?" Enter the Stooges. But others, like "He Cooked His Goose," break convention by presenting Moe, Larry, and Shemp as individuals rather than a team. While the Stooges themselves may be showing their ages, the slapstick, expertly timed and exquisitely choreographed, never gets old. --Donald Liebenson

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These 22 digitally remastered shorts from 1952-1954 were made during a tumultuous time for The Three Stooges. First, in 1952 Curly succumbed to the illness brought on by his stroke six years earlier; he was only forty-eight when he died. Shemp had really hit his stride by this time and he is at the top of his game in the new shorts from this period, but budget cutbacks at Columbia forced director Jules White to recycle some old footage, so although the work in this collection is first-rate, one can't help but wonder what could have been done if they'd had the opportunity to develop more new material. Fortunately, this era did leave us with such classics as the Stooges' first 3-D short, SPOOKS! (1953) and PARDON MY BACKFIRE (1953); SHOT IN THE FRONTIER (1954) a parody of the classic film High Noon; and Larry's hilarious spook of Brando in CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO (1952). These shorts are all presented as they were projected in the theatres; some in widescreen for the first time since their

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
**2014 release note: Apparently Sony has REMOVED the 3-D versions from their current 2013 & 2014 pressings. You need the older pressings to get the 3-D shorts**
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With the current popularity of 3-D movies, Sony is including 3-D versions of "SPOOKS" and "PARDON MY BACKFIRE" in this set (the old Red-Green Glasses, no special TV needed).
This will make up for the fact that 1953 brings about the sad cost-cutting practice of re-releasing an older short with a few minutes of new footage and giving it a new name.

Disc 1
A MISSED FORTUNE - a weak re-working of a weak Curly short Healthy, Wealthy & Dumb. The Stooges live the high life on an inheritance.
LISTEN JUDGE - One of my favorites from this period. Three electricians are hired to find a short in the Judge's house.
CORNY CASANOVAS - The Stooges are all engaged to the same gold-digging girl. Told mostly as three seperate stories.
HE COOKED HIS GOOSE - One of their first off-the-mark solo offerings. Larry is a petshop dealer who's seeing Moe's wife while at the same time trying to steal Shemp's fiancée.
GENTS IN A JAM - Shemp's rich Uncle Phineas comes to visit the Stooges who are broke and about to evicted. It is a little painful to see Emil Sitka get kicked in the face multiple times. It feels like Jules White duirected it, but he didn't.
THREE DARK HORSES - The Stooges get into the political ring as crooked Kenneth MacDonald (later a judge on Perry Mason) hires them to cast the winning votes.
CUCKOO ON A CHOOCHOO - One of their wierdest shorts. Only Larry & Shemp are teamed, living in a stolen train car. Moe is the railroad detective hired to find the train car. Shemp spends most of his time dancing with an imaginary girl canary.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last volume with Shemp in all of the shorts August 25, 2009
This two disc set contains the following shorts:

A Missed Fortune
Listen, Judge
Corny Casanovas
He Cooked His Goose
Gents in a Jam
Three Dark Horses
Cuckoo on a Choo Choo

Up in Daisy's Penthouse
Boo ty and the Beast
Loose Loot
Tricky Dic ks
Spo oks
Pardon My Backfire
Rip, Sew and Stitch
Bubble Trouble
Goof on the Roof

Income Tax Sappy
Musty Musketeers
Pals and Gals
Knutzy Knights
Shot in the Frontier
Scotched in Scotland

The shorts Spo oks and Pardon My Backfire will be presented in their original 3D format with a pair of 3D glasses provided in the set.

At this point the Columbia shorts department was really feeling the heat from the competition with television, and the recycling from earlier Stooges comedies became more pronounced as Columbia sought ways to cut the cost of production. However, recycled or not, it's always a pleasure to spend time with Moe, Larry, and Shemp. Shemp died of a sudden heart attack in 1955, so this set will be the last opportunity in this series to enjoy the trio in every short.

The last four shorts starring Larry, Moe, and Shemp were made after Shemp's death and released in 1956 and consisted of recycled material with Shemp in it along with a double of Shemp - shown from behind - to complete bridging sequences. These last four shorts are Rumpus in the Harem, Hot Stuff, Scheming Schemers, and Commotion on the Ocean. All eight shorts completed in 1957 had Joe Besser as the third member.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooks and Pardon my Backfire in 3-D!! September 1, 2009
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According to a press release from sony, both the 3-D and 2-D versions of Spooks and Pardon my Backfire will be included, along with viewing glasses! This set will also have several Shemp shorts that have never been on DVD. Goof on the roof, Gents in a Jam, Income Tax Sappy and Corny Cassanovas to name some. Sony has done a great job on all the previous sets, so the picture quality and sound should be great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the hits just keep on coming! September 11, 2009
You really have to hand it to Sony! After stumbling in the past with previous Stooge collections, they really got it right this time. 2 discs of 3 Stooges shorts in chronological order and in beautifully restored prints! Now here we are with volume 7. And while the quality of the shorts is going downhill, because the studios were getting away from short subjects, it's still wonderful to see the Stooge collector's appetite for collecting all of the shorts being satisfied.
Can you believe it? We could possibly be watching the shorts with Joe Besser next year! Is this a great country or what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHEMP ! July 2, 2010
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unlike most fans, my favorite Stooge isnt Curly or Moe or Larry...or Joe or Curly Joe...but SHEMP....thats right I said Shemp! So whatcha gonna do about it? Why you! I outta! Ruff Ruff.
The DVD volume has great Shemp shorts and is pretty much to the very end of Shemp.
Great stuff...a must own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "ALWAYS DOIN' THINGS TO PEOPLE!" September 12, 2009
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So proclaims Shemp in defiance of Moe in Jules White's outrageous "Income Tax Sappy", another of the increasingly frequent "so-bad-that-they're-good" films in this set.

During the 1950's, the economics of film-making continued to take their toll on the Hollywood studio system; director Ed Bernds, whose Shemp films lent the series a touch of comedic class, left the studio, leaving Jules White in total control. Too bad, as White's films, though hilarious in many ways, seemed to turn the Stooges into bizarre, almost alien-like caricatures as opposed to actual PEOPLE as Bernds did. Case in point: Bernd's excellent "GENTS IN A JAM" (one of the 2 films by Bernds in this set), which brilliantly showcases the true talent of the Stooges; watch the scene where they get the telegram from Uncle Phineas and then encounter their landlady ("YOU TAKE HER...YOU GOT HER!"); this scene proves beyond a doubt that the Stooges had the potential to handle legitimate light comedy with the best of them. Too bad this truly funny film is undermined by the over-the-top beating that Shemp takes from Mickey Simpson near the end, which is mercifully cut short by that terrific knock-out punch from Kitty McHugh.

From then on, it's ALL Jules White. I admit I absolutely LOVE guffawing my way through "GOOF ON THE ROOF" ("Get busy or I'll dust yer' brains out again!"), THREE DARK HORSES ("Ya got worms?...Yeah, but I'm going anyway"), and any number of others, but one can hardly pretend that these films are anything other than the work of three talented, hard-working professional comedians doing their best under a producer/director who seemed to have lost interest in anything other than crude, grotesque nonsense. And then there's "CUCKOO ON A CHOO-CHOO", the Stooges' all-time bottom-of-the-barrel effort..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic laughs
hilarious episodes with Shemp - nicely cleaned up prints -- fantastic laughs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Stooges fan strikes it rich.
These are some of the best ones featuring Shemp. I love the one where they are tailors and shred up the suit and are successful selling it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and shall always be great. The recordings are great
The Three Stooges were, are, and shall always be great. The recordings are great. I can watch them over and over again.
Published 2 months ago by Vito Monopoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally The Stooges in chronological order.
These DVDs are great quality. If you like The Three Stooges you will love these DVDs. I have purchased every one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ahead of their time
These guy's made me laugh before I went to school in the morning, I think these guy's helped me to live longer
Published 4 months ago by Loye G. Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT IN 3D! FALSE ADVERTISING!
DO NOT BUY THIS VOLUME in hopes that the two shorts originally shot in 3D will be so here. There are no glasses in the box and the shorts are not in 3D. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Murray Conklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia shared with new generation
Excellent quality and funny as ever... now my kids have an idea of how mummy & daddy got their laughs when they were younger ! Read more
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Is this the last set for the Three Stooges?
There should be at least one more, maybe two if they decide to release the 16 remaining Shemp shorts on one set and the 16 Joe Besser shorts on another. I'm hoping they do all of the remaining shorts in one volume.

There are 32 more shorts left after the Volume 7 set. The last of the Shemp... Read More
Oct 21, 2009 by R. Kohler |  See all 26 posts
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It is a Curly episode titled 'No Census, No Feeling,' which is included in volume 3.
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