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The Three Stooges: Swing Parade (1946)

Leon Belasco , Connee Boswell , Phil Karlson  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leon Belasco, Connee Boswell, Edward S. Brophy, Windy Cook, John Eldredge
  • Directors: Phil Karlson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP5D5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three Stooges are at their bumbling, eye-poking, hair-pulling best in this warm, hilarious, musical romp! This time around "The Boys" must protect talented nightclub owner Danny Warren (Phil Regan) from the schemes of his powerful and overprotective father -- who will go to any lengths to shut him down. Can Moe, Larry and Curly run the club, manage Danny’s budding love life, and avoid the wrath of Moose, their cantankerous boss?

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Low-budget Monogram Pictures usually made a couple of higher-bracket "specials" every year with the studio's leading star, Gale Storm. SWING PARADE (originally released as SWING PARADE OF 1946} is Monogram's biggie for '46, with The Three Stooges in featured roles. It's an above-average Monogram production with good direction by Phil Karlson, and fans of '40s movies should enjoy it.

Gale Storm is an aspiring singer mistaken for a process server at Phil Regan's new nightclub. Regan and the Stooges are determined to open the club successfully, while the stern Russell Hicks is just as determined to close it. The Stooges are in fine form, with the reliable Ed Brophy as their foil in extended versions of their "plumbers" and "waiters" routines. (Moe didn't dye his hair for this one, so you'll notice the salt-and-pepper in the haircut.) Considering that Curly was in failing health at the time, his work here is especially good. The other guest artists are Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, who do two jump numbers ("Don't Worry 'Bout that Mule" is the standout), singer Connee Boswell, and sound-effects mimic Windy Cook.

Former video releases have left something to be desired: the Allied Artists edition uses a beautiful print but an inferior video transfer so the image is sometimes unsteady; the Goodtimes version (under the title "Swing Parade") has a better transfer but a slightly lesser print and a superimposed watermark in the lower-right corner.

This new Legend Films edition is a definite improvement over past video versions. The source print is identical to the Goodtimes version but there is no watermark, and the colorization is very well done (some of the Gale Storm close-ups are particularly pretty). This picture is almost never shown on television, so most Stooge fans probably haven't seen it. Confirmed Stooge fans will enjoy the team's antics, but may be impatient with the stretches of story between the trio's appearances.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad... June 15, 2007
By ferrell
My main comaplaint is what the reviewer was saying below about the color inconsistances,there are some odd places where you see the color of the clothing change ,for example the three stooges will be wearing pure white clothing (almost like they forgot to color in the black and white) then a minute later they are wearing grey,then back to white again,also sometimes the skin tones in some places look odd kind of like green or maby even an orange color,it's almost like they gave it to different people to color different sections,now as the movie goes on the color get's better,in fact the whole restaurant scene with the dancers and the "Caldonia" songs was beautifuly done,I give it 4 stars because I think the movie is an underated gem,where else can you get the three stooges with curly in a full lengnth film in print,also the song "Caldonia" is the best thing on the whole thing,it shows the change between swing,jazz and what later became rock n roll,it's obvious these guys influenced Little Richard,also this is one of the few three stooges movies where they worked outside of the studio and the major censors of the time so keep you eyes out for some mild sexual innuindo in a couple parts,nothing to overt though,but it's there...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Waiter... there's a Stooge in my soup! February 11, 2014
SWING PARADE OF 1946 was partly-scripted by Nicholas Ray. He directed FLYING LEATHERNECKS (1951), [ASIN:B0082LUEFA JOHNNY GUITAR]] (1954), REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) and KING OF KINGS (1961).

The 3 Stooges have supporting comedic roles as waiters. It's obvious here that Curly was in failing health.

Highlights of this so-so musical are Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five's performance of their jump hits, "Caldonia" and "Don't Worry About the Mule." Former Boswell Sister Connee gives a powerful rendition of "Stormy Weather" and Gale Storm dances and sings "Oh Brother." She also does "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Phil Regan is heard and Will Osborne's band has a couple of numbers, as well. Windy Cook does vocal impressions of everything from a soda bottle to a saw.

To get his son to enter the family business, wealthy Daniel Warren Sr. sends Carol Lawrence with papers that will close Danny's nightclub. When Carol auditions and is hired as a singer the document never gets delivered. Then the father himself arrives to finish off Jr.'s nearly bankrupt club.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.4) Swing Parade of 1946 (1946) - Gale Storm/3 Stooges/Louis Jordan & Tympany Five/Connee Boswell/Phil Regan/Will Osborne/Edward Brophy/Mary Treen/Leon Belasco/Russell Hicks/Windy Cook
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par. April 19, 2007
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In the 1980s, the colorization companies all shot themselves and the process in the foot with the poorly done movies they inflicted on the public. The term "colorization" became hated because of this sloppy product and because the process threatened to keep the black-and-white originals off the market.

With their first 3 Stooges DVD (titled simply "The Three Stooges in Color") Legend Films showed us that they are not stuck in the 80s. THAT DVD was gorgeous, with lively color well applied throughout each short film.

"Swing Parade" however, is an unfortunate throwback to the previous generation. The colors applied here are very unrealistic and muted. At best, it looks like a hand-tinted photo from around 1912. At worst, it looks ridiculous, with a green-skinned man standing next to a normal looking woman. The colorizers were sloppy as well, with such glaring errors as the central character's coat changing colors during the course of the film.

Of course, the saving grace is that Legend Films includes the original black-and-white version of the film on the same disc. It's just a shame that after showing us what they can do, they got sloppy. The film has not been cleaned up, either; there are dirt and scratches in many scenes.

But I'm wondering if the biggest mistake of all wasn't bringing this film to DVD at all. It's a very weak movie. The attempt at a plot is better not thought about. The Stooges get very little chance to do much of anything. The usually wonderful Connee Boswell does not get to swing at all, and her screen presence is like that of a mannequin. Far and away the best bit in the movie is a great rendition of "Caldonia" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five. But three minutes can't save the rest of the movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If you love mst3k and rifftrax, you might wanna skip this one
Even if you are a life long mst3k fan like me, I think you will most likely find this riff boring and disappointing.

its just mike riffing... Read more
Published 7 days ago by D. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Good Quality, well designed, well thought out, top notch! /this makes it all fun again! Cant wait for something else some day!
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Published 4 months ago by Ghost Rider
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Quality Print Could Be Better / Possible Disc Quality Issue
This Legend Films DVD has been touted as being SWING PARADE OF 1946's best quality home video release. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tony Bensley
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare classic brought back to life by Legend Films
A Stooges fan or not, you are sure to love this film which is a rare one of the Stooges. I originally bought this film for my dad who is a huge Three Stooges fan. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deidre Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Way to Do Rifftrax/Three Stooges
Unlike Greatest Collections this one actually has RIFFTRAX doing a RIFFTRAX on it. Thus is gold immediately. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SA
5.0 out of 5 stars Comicly the Best
No reason yes it did and it was great If you choose to buy this movie and your not a stooge fan you will be at the end of the Movie get it and enjoy it.
Published 9 months ago by Leo Younglowe
3.0 out of 5 stars stooges
I thought this was a full feature movie featuring the stooges, well, they were in the movie but it really didn't revolve around them they were just there. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lord Rhys
5.0 out of 5 stars colorific stooges
Cant get enough of these guys, especially in color, hope more of their episodes are done in color, I will certainly buy them.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. K. L. Boerth
4.0 out of 5 stars C-grade feature is actually watchable thanks to Louis Jordan & Stooges
"Swing Parade of 1946" is a flimsy musical comedy from the Z-grade Monogram Pictures. However, while not great, it IS watchable and is distinguished by one of the more protracted... Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Captain Opinionated
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is it closed captioned as it said it is?
I'm a few years too late, but to answer your question, this does not have closed-captioning. Rather unfortunate, as Legend and Genius has captioned DVDs in the past, but it appears they have decided not to bother in more recent outings. If you've got to have it, check around some of the... Read More
Sep 22, 2011 by D. A. Sherman |  See all 3 posts
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