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The Three Stooges offer themselves as musketeers at the service of the
Queen of France, whose Captain of the Guards is, unsurprisingly,
planning to usurp the throne. After a bright start featuring Walter
Brennan as The Stooges' dying father, this soon degenerates into a
lengthy but unfunny wrestling bout among the boys; luckily, it picks up
again when the Queen is abducted eventually, and much of the action in
the second half involves the stars contriving to get rid of her
Even though little is actually done with the medieval setting, it is nevertheless interesting as a spoof of many a costume piece/swashbuckler of its day especially "The Three Musketeers"; for the record, director Lamont would helm many an Abbott & Costello vehicle during the coming decade.
This review is of the sixth consecutive Three Stooges short made by Columbia Pictures. As their previous short-Horses' Collars-was their first western spoof, this one is the first set in Medieval times. It seems their dying father (Walter Brennan in his second Stooges appearance) has revealed to his sons (Moe, Larry, and Curley as his name was spelled at the time) that they're of royal blood and assigns them to protect their queen. I'll stop there and just say that while there are plenty of highly amusing scenes here, very few of them are non-stop hilarious and the end is a bit abrupt. In fact, maybe they could have added 15 minutes to bring more of a logical story to term. Still, Restless Knights is enjoyable enough and for that, I recommend it. P.S. This isn't the first time he boys got a triple slap on film since their previous leader, Ted Healy, has done that several times before to them.
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"Restless Knights" is an early Three Stooges short directed by a man
who made the boys follow the script: Charles Lamont. In the kingdom of
Anesthesia, Prime Minister Boris (George Baxter) is plotting to kidnap
Queen Anne (Geneva Mitchell) and take over the entire kingdom. Who else
to the queen's rescue but Larry, Curly, and Moe?
Highlights: Some wonderfully majestic music is heard not only during the film's credits but also briefly during the queen's initial entrance and during the wrestling match between Moe & Curly. The Stooges' father (Walter Brennan) blesses them by giving them a triple slap. In the wine cellar, after successfully clubbing two villains, Moe & Larry accidentally club themselves, Curly, and the queen.
The Stooges' comic personalities were still developing while they made "Restless Knights," and with their next short - "Pop Goes the Easel" (1935) - Moe, Larry, and Curly would team up with a director who really helped shape them into, respectively, their boss/middleman/patsy Stooge personae. His name was Del Lord.
As a DVD/VHS collector, the most notable aspect of this Stooges film is
seeing famous movie actor Walter Brennan in an uncredited role as the
Stooges father! He opens up the story with a deathbed story. Frankly, I
wouldn't have known that was him if I hadn't seen his name listed in
the credits here on IMDb. Looking at the movie for a second time, sure
enough: it's a younger Brennan with a fake beard but the same
Anyway, this particular Three Stooges short, as someone else here pointed out, is set back in medieval times, but in all practical purposes could have been set in any time. Most of the film is comprised of several extended physical gags.
For example, there is a wrestling scene which is fairly long - just the boys showing the queen how the sport is (not) done. Most of the gags aren't all that great except for the ending when one of the Stooges is flung in the air onto the queen's throne.
The boys, by the way, call themselves "The Duke Of Mixture," "The Baron Of Brains" and "The Fife Of Drum." That sort of gives you an idea of the humor in this one: passable, but not laugh-out-loud humor..
Restless Knights (1935)
** (out of 4)
After hearing about a plot to assassinate the Queen, the Three Stooges becomes knights but trouble follows. I think this is one of the weakest shorts that feature the original group of Stooges. I think the writing is pretty lazy, which leads to extended scenes that just aren't very funny. The wrestling matches are deadly dull and pretty much kills everything that follows. Even the slapstick humor is pretty dull.
Now available in Columbia's 2-disc set, which features over 20 classic shorts.
The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have
loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I
love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly
Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great
actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In
My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is
the all time funniest comedy team!
One of the most different Three Stooges shorts is Restless Knights. In this short are Geneva Mitchell, Stanley Blystone, Lynton Brent, Eadie Adams, George Baxter, and Walter Brennan. The acting by these actors are good especially by Mitchell and Blystone . the costumes and everything looks fantastic! There are many funny scenes here that I think most Three Stooges fans will love! I recommend this one to all!
I'm just getting reacquainted with the Stooges after many years, watching the shorts in order on DVD. It's interesting to see the trio develop with each film. So this is a first jaunt into medieval setting and that alone made me smile a lot. The costume dramas/swashbucklers being sent up haven't aged as well as this short. Maybe I'll be a tougher critic as I advance further into their library.
Although the setting for this Three Stooges short is unusual and the costumes and sets much better than usual, it's otherwise a very typical sort of film for these folks. It begins with Moe, Curly and Larry being told by their sickly father that they are actually of noble birth and they are to go to the Queen and offer their services to her as guards--much like the Musketeers. However, when these three idiots are wrestling about as entertainment for the Queen, they don't notice that she's been kidnapped. They are arrested and only avoid execution when they are sent to find her. What follows are lots of folks being bonked on the head and people being stabbed in the butts with swords. If this is your kind of thing, you'll love this short. Otherwise, it has a lot of energy but lacks good belly laughs.
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I know this was never "lost" but it was never shown on TV when I was growing up watching the Stooges in the 1970's and 80's. I just watched this today for the first time and usually that would count as an automatic 10 rating since I love the Stooges so much and it would be new material. Alas, this one is on the dry side, very dry. The wrestling scene is funny though and put into modern context kind of embarrassing as it has serious overtones. That and the execution scene were the only scenes I found memorable, the rest was all filler. I'm giving it a 6 and that includes a boost for having just watched it for the first time so in replays it would be more like 5. I guess thats why it was never shown on TV when I was growing up? Weird, that not all the shorts were shown with the same frequency, it's got nothing in it that would seem risqué for kids that I can tell, just a typical Stooges short. Probably the least memorable of the earliest Stooge shorts pre 1937.
A medieval setting is the time and place for this Three Stooges comedy, not one of their best but still worth seeing. Moe, Larry and Curley as musketeers must come to the rescue of a young Queen who is abducted. The Stooges engage each other in a bizarre wrestling sequence, which is probably the standout sequence of this short. A recent re-visitation of RESTLESS KNIGHTS left me appreciating it more than I previously have. When attempting to rate so many similar Stooge films such as these, it's often difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. As a side note, Walter Brennan appears early on as the Stooges' dying father. **1/2 out of ****
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