Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.
The handyman is finishing getting the Island Inn Café ready for opening night: it's a speakeasy, and the owner, Louie the Wolf, has been warned by the local mob kingpin, Slugger McGraw, not... See full summary »
The Stooges get a job putting up posters for a circus but discover that instead of money, their pay is tickets to the show. When trying to scalp their tickets gets them in trouble, they ... See full summary »
Set in WW II, the stooges are the only survivors of an American ship sunk by an enemy torpedo. Adrift on a raft, they come upon a German battleship and by various means, such as Moe ... See full summary »
A millionaire falls for an army nurse, who tells him she likes men in uniform. So he enlists at Camp Cluster. She still has no time for him, so he figures out how to get into the hospital ... See full summary »
At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a ... See full summary »
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Al St. John
Two old soldiers, Jeb and Homer, chat about the Civil War. Homer tells his story of being a Kentucky youth, who enlists with the South only to discover that his brother has joined the Blues. He's captured and his brother frees him, then the tide turns and it's Homer who has to rescue his brother. When the North retakes the town, Homer must use all his wits - and a few short logs of wood - to save himself. Have he and Jeb met before? Written by
Keatonphiles consider Buster's stint at Columbia in the late 1930s and early 1940s to be the nadir of his career. The MGM talkies were awful and not right for his style, but some of them were watchable and all had good production values and supporting players. The Educational shorts, made while Keaton was depressed and drinking almost constantly, are much better than their reputation, even managing to be creative and funny even if they don't approach the greatness of Keaton's independent work. But Columbia? The home of the Three Stooges? Not a fit for Keaton at all, especially when he was given awful material and paired with Elsie Ames, the human embodiment of shrillness itself, ugh.
Mooching Through Georgia (1939) is surprisingly good for a Keaton Columbia short. Buster is kind of a dope, but he is allowed clever and resourceful moments a midst the uninspired slapstick and silly accents. The Civil War setting might make you pine for The General (1926), but it's pretty good nevertheless. Not a gem, but overall painless.
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