The Three Stooges – The Ultimate Collection Volume 7 Disc 2 Review

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The Three Stooges

The Ultimate Collection

Volume 7 1952-1954

Disc 1

Disc 2

#148Spooks!

Volume 7 Short 12

Released: June 15, 1953

Writer: Felix Adler

Foils: Philip Van Zandt, Tom Kennedy, Norma Randall

Synopsis: A man hires the Stooges to find his kidnapped daughter. A mad scientist took her to an abandoned house.

Impressions: As good as the first disc was, I didn’t expect a poor start to the second. This was the first of two shorts made in 3D. The effect hurt the short and brought down an already weak story. The 3D film was huge in 1953 and this short came out a mere 31 days after production. That’s a record for the quickest release of “Shemp era” short. Columbia had hopes of cashing in on the latest fad. TBS included this in The Three Stooges Fright Night Halloween special.

Rating: 1/5

 

#149Pardon My Backfire

Volume 7 Short 13

Released: August 15, 1953

Writer: Felix Adler

Foils: Benny Rubin, Frank Sully, Phil Arnold

Synopsis: Engaged to three sisters for 10 years, their father insists the Stooges wed before the end of the week, or the brides-to-be will marry other men.

Impressions: This may be the lone short where the title is spoken. Unfortunately, this is another bad short made worse by an attempt at 3D. This was Columbia’s second, and final attempt to cash in on the 3D fad of 1953 using the Stooges. Fred Kelsey, who appeared in many Stooge shorts, makes his final appearance with the trio. Jules White worked in overabundance of physical comedy involving pain to the backside. I covered his and his fellow Columbia director’s views on the previous disc.

Rating: 1/5

 

#150Rip, Sew and Stitch

Volume 7 Short 14

Released: September 3, 1953

Writers: Screenplay by Jack White. Story by Felix Adler.

Foil: N/A

Synopsis: The Stooges are out to save their tailor shop by capturing a bank robber and collecting the reward.

Impressions: This is a remake of 1947’s Sing a Song of Six Pants. Remake isn’t the correct word. This is Six Pants with a scene or two taken out and replaced. The original story flowed much better. The missing scenes spoil the short as it’s abundant use of previous footage could confuse a new Stooge fan. At best, this is an average short.

Rating: 3/5

 

#151Bubble Trouble

Volume 7 Short 15

Released: October 8, 1953

Writers: Screenplay by Jack White. Story by Felix Adler.

Foils: Emil Sitka, Christine McIntyre

Synopsis: The Stooges invent a youth serum to turn old people young. Their landlord’s wife becomes young and beautiful. Her husband experiences different results.

Impressions: I’d been awaiting the return of Christine McIntyre. Unfortunately, she appeared in recycled footage. This is another remake. Here it’s 1947’s All Gummed Up. The ending is new, so only half of this I’ve seen. Reviews for this short are stronger than reviews for the original. I don’t understand the reason. I liked the original better.

Rating: 2/5

 

#152Goof on the Roof

Volume 7 Short 16

Released: December 3, 1953

Writer: Clyde Bruckman

Foils: Frank Mitchell, Maxine Gates

Synopsis: The Stooges give their roommate a wedding present before they leave. They’ll install his new television set and antenna.

Impressions: I’ve seen this short before a time or two. This is an enjoyable short with plenty of mayhem involving the trio wrecking a home and a television. This is the final original Stooge short from writer Clyde Bruckman. It’s a reworked version of Laurel and Hardy’s 1930 Hog Wild and Vernon and Quillan’s 1949 Let Down Your Aerial. Shemp had a mild stroke within weeks after filming in late 1952, but recovered quickly to film the next short.

Rating: 4/5

 

#153Income Tax Sappy

Volume 7 Short 17

Released: February 4, 1954

Writer: Felix Adler

Foils: Margie Liszt, Benny Rubin, Nanette Bordeaux

Synopsis: The Stooges outsmart the tax man, and do such a good job they decide to help others do the same, for a fee.

Impressions: I love this short. There’s plenty of classic Stooge mayhem and two food bits. First “the sandwich that bites back” attacks Moe. Then Larry takes on a lobster gumbo in “man vs. soup.” Vernon Dent makes a surprise appearance at the end. This is the first of only two 1954 shorts to not use recycled footage.

Rating: 5/5

 

#154Musty Musketeers

Volume 7 Short 18

Released: May 13, 1954

Writers: Screenplay by Jack White. Story by Felix Adler.

Foils: Vernon Dent, Philip Van Zandt

Synopsis: The Stooges ask the king for permission to marry. He agrees, but not before the wedding of the princess in the spring. The princess gets abducted, and the trio must save the day.

Impressions: This is a remake of 1948’s Fiddler’s Three. Again, remake isn’t the correct word. There’s a scene or two removed and a scene or two added. One of these is the opening which isn’t near as good as the original. I can’t remember what I gave the original, but remember I wasn’t high on it. The story of this short doesn’t have the same flow.

Rating: 1/5

 

#155Pals and Gals

Volume 7 Short 19

Released: June 3, 1954

Writers: Screenplay by Jack White. Story by Clyde Bruckman.

Foils: Christine McIntyre, George Chesebro, Norman Willes

Synopsis: The Stooges go west and run into trouble with Doc Barker. He’s got bar maid Nelle’s sisters Belle and Zell locked in a cell.

Impressions: This is a reworked version of 1947’s Out West and used chase sense from 1937’s Goofs and Saddles. The new scenes involve Christine McIntyre’s sisters, and Stanly Blystone. Yes, our old friend returns as he was the villain in the 1937 short. An editing error is on display as a new scene shows Barker’s demise, yet there he is a few minutes later.

Rating: 1/5

 

#156Knutzy Knights

Volume 7 Short 20

Released: September 2, 1954

Writer: Felix Adler

Foils: Jacques O’Mahoney, Christine McIntyre, Philip Van Zandt

Synopsis: The Stooges seek to help the princess in love with the blacksmith, but the king promises her to the evil Black Prince.

Impressions: Another remake, this time it’s Squareheads of the Round Table from 1948. I enjoyed the original, and this one isn’t bad either. The new beginning doesn’t hurt the flow of the story. Neither do the few new scenes. Jacques O’Mahoney looks like he’s aged a lot since his last appearance. This is notable for being Vernon Dent’s final original scene appearance. Dent appeared in the more Stooge shorts than anyone outside the trio.

Rating: 3/5

 

#21Shot in the Frontier

Volume 7 Short 21

Released: October 7, 1954

Writer: Felix Adler

Foil: N/A

Synopsis: Moe, Larry, and Shemp marry three pretty sisters. After the wedding, the brides tell them outlaws have been making advances, and swore to shoot the Stooges on sight.

Impressions: This is a spoof of the Gary Cooper Western, High Noon. I’ve never seen this short before, but I’ve seen High Noon. This is an enjoyable short. Here we have the second and final short of 1954 to be original and not use recycled footage.

Rating: 3/5

 

#158Scotched in Scotland

Volume 7 Short 22

Released: November 4, 1954

Writer: Jack White

Foils: Philip Van Zandt, Christine McIntyre, Charles Knight

Synopsis: The Stooges go to Glenheather Castle in Scotland. They’re trying to prove the odd goings on aren’t ghosts, but thieves.

Impressions: This is a remake of 1948’s Hot Scots. There’s a new opening scene, and a few new scenes inserted into the stock footage. Christine McIntyre doesn’t look the same in her new scenes.

Rating: 2/5

Fourteen discs down, six more to go. What did we get? Two shorts filmed in 3D, a ton of remakes, and perhaps the best short of the “Shemp era.” Jules White’s cost cutting measures have finally reared its ugly head. The reworks, the remakes, the lack of original material. This overabundant use of stock footage doesn’t have me looking forward to the next volume. As good as the first disc was, this falls short by comparison. Overall, it isn’t the worst disc, but I found a lot lacking. The majority of these shorts I’d already seen, and the new version didn’t come close. Income Tax Sappy might be the best “Shemp era” short, and Goof on the Roof isn’t far behind it. Of these 11 shorts, which one is your favorite?

 Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. gary loggins says:

    Some trivia for ya: Frank Mitchell (Goof on the Roof) was part of a comedy team called Mitchell & Durant that appeared in some 30’s Alice Faye musicals. In 1974, with Larry out of commission and Moe ailing, Curly Joe DeRita revived the Stooges act (with Moe’s blessings), with Mitchell doing the Moe part and comic Mousie Garner as middle Stooge. They toured for a while during the year, until Curly Joe’s eyesight began to go. Thus, Frank Mitchell was one of the last members of The Three Stooges!

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    1. Drew Martin says:

      I had no idea. I knew Moe considered Emil Sitka to replace Larry, but I thought they just ended after Larry’s health issues.

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    1. Drew Martin says:

      Thanks for the kind words. It’s a piece of a review series. Check them all out.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yeah, definitely! I actually write myself, I posted the first few pages of the novel I’m writing if you want to check that out too! Feel free to give me some writing tips.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Drew Martin says:

        I’ve got a category of writing tips.

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