RiffTrax: Swing Parade - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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During the Swing Parade craze of the 1940s, it was hard to turn your head without encountering a Swing Parade. With the popularity of Swing Parades soaring, a full length motion picture was inevitable. Unfortunately, the film we got was clearly rushed out to capitalize on the Swing Parade fad. How can we tell? There doesn't appear to be a single damn Swing Parade in the whole movie!
Instead, we get the Three Stooges, who wouldn't know a Swing Parade if it bit them on the...Perhaps we're overreacting here. After all, a movie with mannish landlords, songs about blind mules, and Larry must be pretty ripe for mockery. And if it's called Swing Parade but does not feature any actual Swing Parades, then all the better! Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax.com and Mystery Science Theater 3000 make no false claims: They provide no Swing Parades, only hilarious commentary.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Phil Karlson
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 14 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, The Three Stooges, Gale Storm
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Legend Films
- ASIN : B0026KEMPG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Gale Storm (which sounds like a stripper's name) would go on to become a 'fifties TV star, but here she's the more interesting half of a romantic couple faced with various money and legal troubles. The disc gives you the option of watching this corny but amusing 1946 time capsule with or without the riffing, but the jokes do kick it up another level. This low budget musical comedy was directed by future film noir heavy hitter Phil Karlson.
So if you're a fan of campy 40s musicals, and I know I am, watch this one. Then watch it without the Boys. See if you don't agree it's good both ways.
Well, here is a solution of sorts. Mike Nelson and crew have begun releasing some of the older movies and shorts as Rifftrax DVDs! I'm hoping some of the bigger studios come to realize that this is an excellent way to get some additional mileage out of their catalog titles and allow the Rifftrax team to include titles like the SPider Man films and The Jurassic Park movies in with future releases. I'd be willing to drop a bit more cash so Rifftrax can pay royalty and licensing fees to the giant studios in order to include them in the series.
But on to Swing Parade! The DVD gives you the option of watching the film with or without the Rifftrax treatment. The print of the film is a fairly clean black & white edition and the quality of the print is good enough that it's worth purchasing just to complete your 3 Stooges collection if you are a fan.
The idea of combining the Stooges and the MST3K team is a match made in heaven and Mike, Kevin, and company do not disappoint. There are many inside comments and asides that will draw knowing smiles and nods from long-time Stooge fans and some sexual innuendo that neither the Stooges nor the original MST3K treatments could have gotten away with. The movie itself contains far too little of the Stooges themselves to be considered one of their starring vehicles, but it sure is nice to see a full-length Curly film instead of sitting through Curly Joe Derita's pale presence in the other feature films featuring Moe Howard and Larry Fine.
This is definitely one of the better Rifftrax DVD releases and I would suggest picking this one up along with their masterfull dissection of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as the starting point for collecting these DVD versions. The more of these the fans buy, the more Mike and Friends will be able to release and the more leverage they will have in attempting to get some of the more modern films released in this format! So once you have purchased the actual MST3K collections from Rhino and Shout! that are available here at Amazon and gotten hold of the "authorized" copies of the other episodes that aren't yet in release, treat yourself to some Rifftrax! You'll be very glad you did. I also recommend visiting their website if you want to try downloading some of the other "riffs" that are audio-only companions to some of your favorite films and visiting any of the approved "Mistie" sites that distribute copies of the show if you want to collect the unreleased MST3K episodes. MST3K org is the best I've found thus far and Mike at that site is very careful not to distribute ANY of the commercially available episodes, so there is no danger of piracy. There is also a list provided of the Rhino and Shout! titles that links right back here to good old Amazon so you can do all your Mystery Science Theater shopping legally and in one place.
The Rifftrax DVDs are VERY reasonably priced and just as much fun as a visit to the Satellite of Love!
The movie is about a woman being kicked out of her apartment, who goes to sing at a club, or something... god, I don't actually know. The plot seems secondary as the movie is really there to show you some bizzare musical performances, the 3 stooges, and a kid who makes strange sound effects. As a long time 3 Stooges fan (not to mention a fan of just the Stooges, go Iggy!) it was kinda a letdown to see that the Stooges are not all over the place in this film, they're in more of a supporting role. That said, the goofy songs, outdated smarmy comedy, and the parts that DO have the stooges in it provide plenty of fuel for Mike and Co.
It makes for a rather strong entry in the RiffTrax catalogue. The song about the blind mule towards the beginning had me rolling, partly because they just... kept... going. So funny. See it for yourselves.