The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 6: 1949-1951
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The Three Stooges return with the next 24 digtially remastered shorts covering the years 1949-1951 in this sixth collection, which continues with Shemp as the third Stooge, who had stepped in two years earlier to fill the shoes left empty when Curly became ill and retired. This collection contains such classics as MERRY MAVERICKS (1951), a reworking of PHONY EXPRESS (1943) featuring Red Morgan and his gang of bandits; SELF MADE MAIDS (1950), in which the Stooges not only play themselves but assume the roles of their fiances, their fiances father (played by Moe) and their three babies; and DON'T THROW THAT KNIFE (1951), which features Larry, Moe and Shemp in brilliant improvisation with nothing but household items while confined to a single room. The Three Stooges Collection Volume 6 showcases Larry, Moe and Shemp at their best - and things just keep getting better!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 5215386
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
- Run time : 6 hours and 31 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Larry Fine
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- ASIN : B0024396EM
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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No one like the Three Stoogies. They are tough to imitate. Only the cartoons like the Simpson's itchy and Scratchy come close to duplicating the art of comedy performed by the trio. This one, Malice in the Palace, is with Shemp, no Curly, but Moe and Larry are still there. Shemp is a good substitute for Curly. Instead of substitute I should say a punching, patsy, gag bag. He's a good fall guy for Moe's outrageous, funny anger outbursts.
It's tough to top this trio for slapstick, and ridiculous, humor. There's a gag every second. Nonetheless, the trio are inventives. They have a new kind of humor up their sleeves all the time. Usually involving smacking, slapping, or shaking.
Also, they play on false identity or identity misinterpretation like they do in this short film. In one gag, Larry goes into the kitchen with a cat. Meows and screeching are heard. Then Larry returns to the dining room and grabs the dog. Barking and screeching are heard. Soon enough hot dogs are on the table.
The diners then mistaken, misinterpreted, misunderstand what they had heard for what they see on their table: hot dogs A laugh a second.
What makes the trio so hilarious are gags by clowns dressed up as normal, everyday people. As clowns they are hysterically funny yet they don't wear the customs of clowns: big shoes, cone-shaped hats, red noses. They work best when the viewers see them as dunces, clowns, pure Knuckleheads but dressed up normally.
Nonetheless, what the Three Stoogies do is so unlike the performances by other comedians. There is simply no one like them. They were absolutely originals. Unfortunately, however they were also difficult to imitate. Except for cartoons, where they were often imitated.
As the saying goes, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. And a lot of animated humor is based on The Three Stoogies.
If there is one fault I find with their humor, sometimes they are too silly, too comical, too absurd. In watching them for years, I have found many either like or hate them.There's no middle ground when it comes to the Three Stoogies.Personally, I like them; I like their style of humor.
This isn't one of the Stooges' best shorts. Or even one of their best with Shemp. But it offers enough of their trademark slapstick to satisfy most die-hard fans. And, well, you may never look at hot dogs quite the same way again… Woof!
Maybe the best short of the entire collection is the hilarious "Scrambled Brains" directed by Jules White, who seems to get knocked by a lot of stooge fans, but I think he was a terrific director and most of his Shemp output is classic stuff to me. "Scrambled" has the plot of a mentally ill Shemp Howard who hallucinates that a homely (to put it mildly) hospital nurse is actually a shapely blonde dish who he intends to marry. Among Shemp's other hallucinations is that he has an extra pair of hands when he's playing at the piano. Also, watch for that hilarious phone booth scene when all 3 stooges are crammed in there with great stooge foil Vernon Dent. Laugh out loud hilarity.
Also included on this set are greats such as "Who Done It?", "Fuelin' Around", "Malice in the Palace", and the great remake "Pest Man Wins" which almost tops the original Curly classic "Ants in the Pantry".
No Shemp fan, heck, no stooge fan can go wrong with this mighty impressive collection of shorts. 5 stars all the way.
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