The Three Stooges – The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 Recap

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The Three Stooges

The Ultimate Collection

Volume 1 1934-1936

The first volume of The Ultimate Collection consisted of 19 shorts spanning 1934-1936. Broken down by year, the output of shorts grows. Columbia Pictures released the first four in 1934. The following year, 1935, saw the release of seven shorts. In 1936, the number rose to eight. These first 19 shorts aren’t a mixed bag in terms of quality. A short was either top quality, including several memorable classics, or uninspired misses on the lower side of the scale. The middle of the road, average enjoyable short is missing from this volume. I wonder if this trend will continue, and if so for how long?

Finding shorts for the “Best of” list wasn’t a problem. Of the 19 here, 10 qualified, and it’s the 10 best that make the list. Putting them in order was a bit tricky on the bottom half. I have to recommend this volume. Six of these shorts have a top ranking, and of those several are memorable, all-time classics. Of the shorts in this volume, here’s a few key things to keep in mind. In 2002, the Library of Congress selected Punch Drunks for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, the lone Stooge short to receive such an honor. Lucille Ball makes one of her first credited Hollywood appearances in Three Little Pigskins. Men in Black is the lone Stooge short to receive an Academy Award nomination for “Best Short Subject – Comedy.”

As always, I’d love to get feedback. Do you agree with my “Best of” list? What short is your favorite? Which shorts would you recommend to someone?

Disc 1 – 1934

#1Woman Haters May 5, 1934 Written by Jerome S. Gottler 2/5

#2Punch Drunks July 13, 1934 Screenplay by Jack Cluett. Story by Jerry Howard, Larry Fine, and Moe Howard. 4/5

#3Men in Black September 28, 1934 Written by Felix Adler 5/5

#4Three Little Pigskins December 8, 1934 Written by Felix Adler 5/5

Disc 1 – 1935

#5Horses’ Collars January 10, 1935 Written by Felix Adler 2/5

#6Restless Knights February 20, 1935 Written by Felix Adler 2/5

#7Pop Goes the Easel March 29, 1935 Written by Felix Adler 1/5

#8Uncivil Warriors April 26, 1935 Written by Felix Adler 4/5

#9Pardon My Scotch August 1, 1935 Written by Andrew Bennison 4/5

#10Hoi Polloi August 29, 1935 Written by Felix Adler 5/5

#11Three Little Beers November 28, 1935 Written by Clyde Bruckman 5/5

Disc 2 – 1936

#12Ants in the Pantry February 6, 1936 Written by Al Giebler 2/5

#13Movie Maniacs February 20, 1936 Written by Felix Adler 2/5

#14Half-Shot Shooters April 30, 1936 Written by Clyde Bruckman 2/5

#15Disorder in the Court May 30, 1936 Written by Felix Adler 5/5

#16A Pain in the Pullman June 27, 1936 Written by Preston Black 4/5

#17False Alarms August 16, 1936 Written John Grey 2/5

#18Whoops, I’m an Indian! September 11, 1936 Story by Searle Kramer and Herman Boxer. Screenplay Clyde Bruckman. 1/5

#19Slippery Silks – December 27, 1936 Written by Ewart Adamson 5/5

The Best Shorts of Volume 1

  1. Pardon My Scotch
  2. Punch Drunks
  3. A Pain in the Pullman
  4. Uncivil Warriors
  5. Hoi Polloi
  6. Slippery Silks
  7. Disorder in the Court
  8. Three Little Pigskins
  9. Men in Black
  10. Three Little Beers

 Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

 

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