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The Three Stooges in Orbit

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Moe, Larry, and Joe star as the Three Stooges in this science-fiction farce that has a pair of Martians trying to steal an all-powerful submarine-tank-rocket military weapon. As the Martians are flying away with it, the Stooges hang on and force it to crash-land in a television studio.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Emil Sitka, Edson Stroll
  • Directors: Edward Bernds
  • Producers: Norman Maurer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DBJ29
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Three Stooges in Orbit" on IMDb

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This is some of the best stuff the Stooges ever did even though it doesn't have the great stooges like Curly and Shemp. It has Curly-Joe. I have to be honest. I didn't like Joe Besser as a Stooge at all but Curly-Joe has heart. He fits in very well with Moe and Larry. I don't want to go into detail with the movie because I don't want to ruin it. All I can say is that this is classic 3 Stooges slapstick material. If I made a video of the best Stooge moments I would be using this video quite a bit. If you're a true Stooge fan you'll enjoy this movie at the very least.
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I saw this in the Kinema theater on Pitkin Ave in Brooklyn, N.Y. on its original release and actually got to shake hands with Moe on his way out of the theater as the Stooges made a personal appearance on their promotional tour.
It is a silly Stooges picture but the plot is no worse than any of their shorts and even though it was low budget it is an enjoyable Stooges vehicle. I recommend it to Stooges fans.
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"The Three Stooges in Orbit" is a pleasant vehicle, directed by the late, great Edward Bernds & features maybe Joe Derita's best performance as a stooge. He gets off a few good one-liners, including a crack about how the martians can't blow up the Earth because the stooges won't get their social security.

The martian sub-plot can seem a bit corny at times, but overall this is one of the better Three Stooges features & a pleasant way to kill about 90 minutes. 4 stars
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Poking fun at sci-fi movies and Martian invasions (both done sillier in their own right), the Stooges do a film-within-a-film as they play themselves as T.V. stars getting involved in some weird doings.
Winding up at the mansion of a kooky but well-intended professor (Stooge short veteran Emil Sitka), it's soon revealed that actual Martians are hiding away in the place as they await the completion of the professor's latest invention: an odd-looking helicopter-tank-submarine-rocket which the professor hopes to sell to the military. A demonstration goes predictably disastrous with the Stooges behind the wheel, as they demolish army facilities and then take a "joy ride" across the countryside---even managing to accidentally attach an atom bomb during repairs! Eventually, the boys clash with the Martians and thwart their plans to destroy Earth, while saving their jobs at the T.V. studio. The film closes with an outrageous gag: on a T.V. screen broadcasting from Mars, the Chief Martian declares in perfect English: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" Then the Martians do a wild 60's version of the Twist!
"Orbit" is utterly preposterous in idea & story construction---but who cares? After all, this is a Three Stooges movie we're talking about; it was never meant to be taken seriously, just enjoyed. Even the romantic subplot is tinged with subtle touches of humor as misunderstandings abound.
And satire abounds in this caper as the Martians are vulnerable to the Stooges' wild slapstick. It's a real hoot to hear the Martians call each other "idiots!" in their own tongue.
The film was obviously influenced by the Cold War/Cuban Missile Crisis (it was made in 1962) in its inclusion of enemy invasions, nuclear bombs and destruction.
"Orbit" may be a silly concoction, but like much of the Stooges' 60's films, is fun to watch!
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Pretty much what you would expect from the crazy antics of The Three Stooges. Moe Howard and Larry Fine reprise their roles from the early Columbia short subject days. Joe DeRita takes over the third stooge part from cry baby Joe Besser, who, to put it bluntly, just plain sucked in that role.

DeRita at least *somewhat* resembles Moe's younger brother Jerry (who played "Curly" in the original short subjects from Columbia). Curly is and always will be most everyone's favorite stooge, earning the title "Super Stooge."

The Three Stooges in Orbit is entertaining but predictable. Of the full length "feature" movies Columbia released featuring the Stooges, all released in the early 1960's, only one was bad: STOP, LOOK AND LAUGH! just plain sucked.

I also have "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules" and "The Three Stooges Go Around The World in a Daze." The only one I regret buying is "Stop, Look and Laugh" which featured butchered bits of the original Columbia shorts wrapped around by Paul Winchell and his two dummies. It is sickening and insult to the Stooges and their fans.
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Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch. Fun to watch.
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Before viewing "The Three Stooges in Orbit", I watched all of the many Three Stooges movie shorts on the Three Stooges Collection, Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 6 which were produced from 1934 to 1951. When I began to watch "The Three Stooges in Orbit" it became obvious that this film was going to be a let down from their earlier films.

Barely humorous dialog. Example:
Moe: "Quite a cozy place you got here."
Professor: "Thank you. Great-grandfather built it over 100 years ago."
Curly Joe: "No! It doesn't look a day over 98!"

Physical comedy lacks finesse. Examples:
Curly Joe is hit in the forehead twice by a thrown portable electric range.
Landlady is hit in the face by an egg that magically flies out of a refrigerator.
Air Force Officers continue to stand on the tarmac as they are pelted by pies knocked into the air by helicopter blades.

Missed opportunity for comedy: After Curly Joe accidentally hits the "orbit" button, the Stooges pass-out from the acceleration. While they are unconscious, their all-purpose military vehicle makes a couple of chaotic loops around the moon (their path indicated by a dashed line) and returns to Earth. Alas, they could have had a lot of fun with this.

One funny bit: A pretty young woman is enjoying her bubble bath next door, when the professor's model vehicle flies through the window, splashes down, and flutters around in her suds. Not knowing what it is, she begins bashing it with her brush, then jumps up wrapping a towel around herself. To her horror, she suddenly becomes aware of the leering Stooges enjoying the show from their window above. The Stooges quickly feign a smiling modesty.

Picture (DVD): 3.
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