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Classic Comedy Teams Collection (Laurel & Hardy: Air Raid Wardens, Nothing But Trouble; Abbott & Costello: Abbott & Costello in Hollywood, Lost in a Harem; 3 Stooges: Gold Raiders, Meet the Baron)

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Classic Comedy Teams Collection (DVD)

THE THREE STOOGES DOUBLE FEATURE Available sundry through Saturday! Larry, Shemp and Moe are sundries salesmen in the comedy Western GOLD RAIDERS. Larry, Curly, Moe...uh-oh! They're janitors at an all-girl college in the romp MEET THE BARON, also starring Jimmy Durante. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO DOUBLE FEATURE You ought to be in pictures: Tinseltown barbers Bud and Lou take their cut as aspiring talent agents in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD. Sand and silliness. The guys face an evil potentate with hypnotic powers when they're LOST IN A HAREM. LAUREL AND HARDY DOUBLE FEATURE The army's loss is our gain. Rejected by Uncle Sam, the fellas become AIR RAID WARDENS. Soup and nuts. It's a comedy banquet when Stan and Ollie play household servants in NOTHING BUT TROUBLE.

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This three-disc set is perhaps not the ideal introduction to Abbott and Costello, the Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy, but vintage comedy buffs and fans of these legendary teams will welcome the opportunity to fill in their collections with these lesser-known and rarely seen films, packaged as three double features (each volume also available separately). Abbott & Costello fare best with two films they made for MGM while they were still relatively in their prime. Lost in a Harem(1944) is sublime silliness as hapless entertainers Bud and Lou, stranded in the Middle East, who become embroiled in a plot to dethrone an evil king. This film features a knockabout version of the vintage vaudeville routine "Slowly I turn," as well as bizarrely gratuitous numbers by Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra, whom the king has kidnapped and hypnotized (!). In Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945), the duo are barbers-turned-agents who run amuck on the MGM lot. Less star-studded than the title promises (Rags Ragland, anyone?), there are some great routines, including a sequence in which Lou must act as a prop dummy to elude studio guards.

This collection is a particular treasure trove for Stooges fans, unearthing two of the trio's obscure features. The first, Meet the Baron (1933) captures Moe, Larry, and Curly at the beginning of their screen careers with original partner Ted Healy. The film itself is more a vehicle for radio comedian Jack "Vas you dere, Charlie?" Pearl as his signature character, Baron Munchausen. Gold Raiders (1951) was the only feature the Stooges made with Shemp. It's a slaphappy "C" western costarring George O'Brien as, yes, a lawman-turned-insurance salesman. Despite the premise, it's played mostly straight, and is not an all-out spoof like the later, The Outlaws Is Coming. Laurel and Hardy, who began in silent films, were in sad decline by the time they made Air Raid Wardens (1943) and Nothing but Trouble (1944), but these two films at least manage to recapture some of the magic of this most beloved of comedy teams. Wardens is a wartime "we must all pull together" homefront comedy in which the blundering boys stumble upon a Nazi sabotage plot. Pathos does not become the team ("I guess we're not smart like other people," a dejected Stan says at one point), but a poster-hanging sequence and an all-too-brief tit-for-tat encounter with the great Edgar Kennedy will evoke fonder memories. In Trouble, Stan and Ollie are in another fine mess as a butler and chef who make a shambles of high society and foil a plot to murder a boy-king. Whether as sheer nostalgia for a bygone era or as the simple provider of family-friendly laughs, this welcome collection fits the bill. Donald Liebenson


Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Laurel and Hardy double feature
  • Air Raid Wardens
  • Nothing But Trouble
  • Abbott and Costello double feature
  • Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
  • Lost in a Harem
  • Three Stooges double feature
  • Gold Raiders
  • Meet the Baron
  • Theatrical trailers
  • French mono track for Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Lost in a Harem, and Air Raid Wardens

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Make no mistake by the generic title of this box set, this is not one of those cheaply made public domain collections that every one releases again & again. These are RARELY seen films from three classic comedy teams being released by their copyright owner.

ABBOTT & COSTELLO: "Lost In A Harem" & "A & C In Hollywood" were both produced during Bud & Lou's heyday of the 1940's, they are at their top here. Bud & Lou had a clause in their Universal contract that allowed them to make one movie a year for another studio. These are two of their three films that they made for big-budgeted MGM Studios. A must for any Abbott & Costello fan.

LAUREL & HARDY: "Air Raid Wardens" & "Nothing But Trouble" were both made after Stan & Ollie's departure from Hal Roach Studios. True that this is the declining period for the boys, but these films made near the end of their career are still worth a look. A must for the devoted Laurel & Hardy fan.

THE THREE STOOGES: "Meet The Baron" & "Gold Raiders" are rarely seen feature films of the original 3 Stooges, not the Joe De-Rita films with the aging stooges of the 1960's. Not as fast-paced & joke filled as their Columbia shorts, these were made when the stooges were still early in their careers and willing to try anything. Ted Healy is in charge of them in "Meet The Baron" and it plays more like their vaudville act, it also features Jimmy Durante. "Gold Raiders" is made in 1951 after Curly left (due to his stroke) and Shemp re-joined the team. This is Shemp's second feature film as a stooge and it feels more like a 3 Stooges film than the first. These are a MUST for any devoted Stooge Fan.
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I got this on DVD just last month, I've been waiting years to see these movies and it's great that you get two for the price of one.

"Gold Raiders" is from 1951 and so the lineup is Moe, Larry and Shemp. It's is a pretty good movie, a nice little comedy/western with The Three Stooges provide the big laughs of course. I really enjoyed the fact they are the co-stars of this movie along with George O'Brien so they are onscreen almost the whole movie. The acting from O'Brien and everyone else is pretty good and the plot is simple but with some neat little twists. The Stooges are in about 90% of the movie and it dragged in a few parts when the Stooges were absent for a long time. Other than that I really liked it.

"Meet The Baron" is from 1933 back when Curly first joined the act to replace his brother Shemp, and the boys worked under their friend and fellow comedian Ted Healy. The movie is about a seamster (Jack Pearl) who impersonates the famous adventurer Baron Munchausen (the character Pearl was famous for playing on radio) with Jimmy Durante as his sidekick/manager Joseph Magoo. Ted, Moe, Larry and Curly play bumbling janitors at Cuddle College, an all girls school where the Baron has been asked to speak at. Ted and the Stooges are not in the whole movie, they are in a supporting role here, but when they do show up they really steal the show! The sequence where they are asked to fix the water pipes in the girls shower room is extremly funny! Its a okay movie made better thanks to Healy and the Stooges, although Pearl and Durante do some pretty funny stuff themselves.

Both movies are in good shape, and they have been rarely seen in the past few decades so it's nice they are finally out for everyone to see on DVD.
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I'm glad to see Meet The Baron is finally released on dvd. I just bought this the other day. Been wanting to see this movie for a long time. As a big stooges fan. Meet the baron isn't all that good of a movie. This is the stooges early stuff. When the stooges show up their scenes as janitors, they are great. Even with Ted Healy. There only in the movie 20 minutes. Gold Raiders, I wasn't all that familiar with. But it is pretty good. The stooges are in it 90% of the time. This can be considered as good as their shorts. It was made in 1951 with shemp. So they had their act down pat. I would like more of the early stooge stuff released on dvd (pre Columbia). Soup To Nuts is also in my collection.
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Steer Clear of this DVD if you're expecting to view two movies. Meet the Baron plays well no issues. It is unrestored and shows its age, but I wasn't expecting that in the first place. The second movie, Gold Raiders doesn't play at all. You can select the movie in the main menu, and that takes you to the 2nd menu as expected. Choosing any of the selections from there (Play Movie, Scene Selections etc.) will lock up or freeze your DVD player and in my case just shut down playback mode altogether. I tried 2 different disks and had the same results each time. I also tried to play this in 2 different DVD players as well as the DVD-ROM on my computer; same results. Its getting 2-stars because at lest one of the movies played as expected.

A word about Amazon's performance in this matter. It was very good at best. Replacement was fast and no hassles. There was a two-day turnaround portal to portal, not bad. The one exception I had was that the replacement disk, while it performed equally as bad as the first, was in much worse physical shape. The original disk was purchased as a "new" disk,(New Old Stock, or previously unsold) and I expected its replacement to be the same. It was not. The 2nd disk had scratches and huge greasy fingerprints on the media! It was an obviously used and abused disk that had been resealed, and put in the "New Old Stock" bin (apparently).

I will be looking to replace these films from other sources.
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