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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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.]]>
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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meet The Barons work, but Gold Raiders doesn't. Keeps skipping a lot. I'm not gonna get rid of the DVD, I'll just cross off Gold Raiders off the cover saying "not work,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Austin Overmoyer
Bought this off of Amazon, it arrived in open condition. Played it and had the same problems that other people that reviewed it had. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dean Kloss
Movie was great and arrived okay. However the Gold Raiders movie froze up completely halfway thru the movie and would not play. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Master Hoodler
love the classics and it brings me to my childhood memories on Saturday mornings watching these stars. Read morePublished 12 months ago by candygirl
Rating is not for the films, the one star is because Gold Raiders is a bad press, and Warner never made good on it.Published 13 months ago by H J H
The only reason for the negative feed back is the quality of either the disks used to create this collection or the recorders used in producing them, I recieve the item in tip top... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Buckstermeisterbraue
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