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Three Stooges:Pain in the Pullman [VHS]


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  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Loretta Andrews, Gail Arnold
  • Directors: Jack White
  • Writers: Jack White
  • Producers: Jules White
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 20 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304372477
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A Pain in the Pullman" (1936, short number 16 in the Columbia series) starts with the team rehearsing a number--very badly, of course--which leads to their eviction and subsequent chaos on a train, thanks to the boys and their monkey. The old business of two or more crammed in an upper berth is repeated, but there is a fairly original sequence with a crab dinner (Curly preferring the shells).

"Gents Without Cents" (1944, number 81), on the other hand, is fabulous. It starts also with a rehearsal number--the immortal "Niagara Falls... slowly I turned" routine that would be repeated with Lou Costello in Lost in a Harem. They meet a winsome trio of acrobatic dancers and give a show at a war plant. When another act can't make it, the boys volunteer--and it seems the props and scenery are all ready and the other actor even knows his lines! The complete "Niagara Falls" routine is performed, including a short skit that is the ancestor of a similar Monty Python "Who will volunteer to die?" episode. Even the ending is hilarious as they are off to their honeymoons and Curly makes the fatal mistake of reading the road sign: Niagara Falls.

"Termites of 1938" (1938, number 28) has only an opening routine with an elaborate mousetrap to distinguish it. A high-society dame mistaking these exterminators for an escort service takes up the rest. There is a long, not very funny sequence in which an English lord decides to take his cue for table manners from the Stooges, with predictable results. But "Gents" makes this Columbia entry an excellent choice. --Frank Behrens

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott MacGillivray VINE VOICE on April 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN has vaudevillians Moe, Larry, and Curly traveling by train. Of course, it isn't quite as simple as that, as the trip becomes a nightmare for all concerned. GENTS WITHOUT CENTS is notable for their famous rendition of the burlesque chestnut "Slowly I Turned" and for the dance specialties by Lindsay, Laverne, and Betty. TERMITES OF 1938 finds the Stooges as exterminators mistaken for professional escorts. If you know the Stooges, you'll know what to expect in these three shorts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lana Durbin on February 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936) - An excellent stooge short! This would have to be one of my favorite Curly shorts. The scene where the stooges are trying to get up into their tiny top bunk is hilarious!
GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944) - a very good short. This is the one with the memorable Niagara Falls routine.
TERMITES OF 1938 (1938) - A stooge classic! The stooges, as exterminators, are mistaken for escorts! Another excellent short!
A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN, GENTS WITHOUT CENTS, and TERMITES OF 1938: All 3 are stooge gems. Definitely add this one to your collection!
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A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936) is excellent. Non-stop hilarity all the way, and the berth scene is a hoot. The ending with the Stooges being thrown off the train and landing on the backs of wild bulls is also one of the funniest endings ever.
GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944) is a short I was never able to like much. I never was a fan of musical numbers, and this short, unfortunately, has a lot of them. The only thing that keeps this interesting is the "Niagra Falls" routine. It's hilarious, and Moe's acting is excellentin that sequence. You have to watch that scene carefully to fully appreciate Moe's dramatic acting skills as well as his comical skills. But the rest...ehh....
TERMITES OF 1938 (1938) has a few slow parts like the dinner table scene which really dragged, but still a very good short. I loved the scene where the Stooges are "playing" instruments with a record player secretly playing in the background, and then mice come out of the instruments suddenly and the whole crowd makes a run for it. Hilarious ending, too.
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By Kyle Cruse on January 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN was kind of funny. Too many great gags. However, none of the short matches up to the fabulous ending. The conductor (Bud Jamison) throws the Stooges off the train and they fall off a cliff. Then they land on wild, bucking cows and head off, woop wooping. That is one of the funniest endings ever, if not the funniest. The ending was reused in A DUCKING THEY DID GO.
GENTS WITHOUT CENTS was pretty boring, however. Not even the "Slowly I turn" routine can liven up the short. Too many dancing and acting sequences.
TERMITES OF 1938 was a little funnier than the previous, but this dragged a little, too. Still, some funny scenes worth watching.
A nice collection, worth buying.
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This is a great video - a collector's item - with the Three Stooges at their best. I use it to further the education of my grandchildren.
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