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The Three Stooges by Michael Fleming

The Three Stooges by Michael Fleming

Author:Michael Fleming [Fleming, Michael]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-0-307-83204-7
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Published: 2013-07-30T16:00:00+00:00


THE FOLLOWING IS A CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY AND CRITIQUE OF THE COLUMBIA STOOGE SHORTS FOR WHICH THE STOOGES ARE BEST REMEMBERED. THE POINT HERE IS NOT TO INCLUDE EVERY TRIVIAL FACT, BUT TO PROVIDE A BREEZY BLOW-BY-BLOW OF THE PLOTS AND A CONCISE BLOW-BY-BLOW OF THE BLOWS. THE REVIEW IS A WAY TO FOLLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE STOOGE STYLE IN THE EARLY SHORTS AND THE SUBSEQUENT EROSION OF THE COLUMBIA SHORT SUBJECTS DEPARTMENT WHICH LED TO THE BLATANT REUSE OF OLD FOOTAGE AND STORY LINES TO SAVE MONEY.

There’s also a count of the beatings dealt and the pies thrown. In a highly scientific formula, slaps were awarded for blows above the neck that were accompanied by a sound effect. Brainings with pipes, saws, or a variety of hand tools, while probably painful, went uncredited.

The Stooges would go on to top-line six feature films: 1959’s Have Rocket, Will Travel, 1961’s Snow White and the Three Stooges, 1962’s The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, and 1963’s The Three Stooges in Orbit, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, and The Outlaws Is Coming. They also did bit parts in other films, most notably the Stanley Kramer–directed comedy classic It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which the Stooges played firemen, same as their very first onscreen role, alongside Ted Healy in the 1930 Fox feature Soup to Nuts.

But the shorts are what etched the Stooges’ place in comic history and why their fans still hold them in such high esteem. That’s why this section is limited to the 190 done during the twenty-four years at Columbia.

So, as Curly Howard would say when he entered a room ready to party, “SWING IT!”



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