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Curly, Moe and Larry are 3 unemployed actors looking for work. After they are thrown out of the 26th theatre, they decide to take the bouncer's advice to "climb the tallest building and jump off!" Before they do, Curly decides to have a big cream pie, "so I can di-gest right." Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. Moe splats the pie in his face, and the Stooges go to the top of a tall building. There, the Stooges meet 3 beautiful girls with a dancing act. They are Hilda, Wilda, and Tilda. The boys pair off, and kiss the girls-- they decide not to leap. Then the Stooges and the girls do a hilarious dance number when someone starts playing the piano. The pianist turns out to be a potential sponsor, and asks them if they are musicians. Larry says, "Oh sure-- I play in 5 flats, and get thrown out of all of them." This short has more dance (with the girls doing ballet, and the Stooges in drag) and less slapstick than their 1930s films. The Stooges also do a skit about the Army, perhaps leftover from their WW II material. This short marks the screen debut of beautiful Nita Bieber (the "watch my figure" girl)-- her next appearance was in the Bowery Boys movie "News Hounds" (1947).
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Directed by Jules White, "Rhythm and Weep" casts the Stooges as
struggling actors/musicians. The major problem with this short is
Curly. He was not a well man by this time; his speech was slurred, his
energy was virtually gone, and he just wasn't the Curly that we all
know from his classic era of Stooge shorts from 1935 to 1941. In fact,
after "Rhythm and Weep," Curly would appear in only two more shorts as
a Stooge ("Three Little Pirates"  and "Half-Wits Holiday" )
before he suffered his disabling stroke.
Despite Curly's alarming physical condition, "Rhythm and Weep" still manages to get in a few laughs. The best and funniest scene in the whole short involves the Stooges playing some lively swing music with a daffy millionaire pianist (Jack Norton) on a rooftop; Larry and Curly just can't seem to prevent themselves from accidentally jabbing Moe in the face as they bow their string instruments. The Stooges dance with a trio of pretty ladies atop a skyscraper (to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw"), but Curly cannot move his feet because he nailed his shoes to the roof in order to prevent himself from falling off. Before the Stooges embark to the rooftop that they intend to jump off, Curly whips out a pie and prepares to eat it; when Moe asks him what's with the pie, Curly answers, "So I can die-gest right!" And at the end, when the boys discover that the piano-playing millionaire (who offered them and the girls a spot in his new show) is a lunatic, Curly bangs his head on a wall, and Moe and Larry repeatedly drop sandbags on their heads.
One final piece of trivia for "Rhythm and Weep": When the Stooges and the girls discover the pianist on the rooftop, the song that he plays is "Let's Fall in Love," composed by Harold Arlen. Director Jules White claimed that he loved this song, and it was used in two other Three Stooges shorts: "Punch Drunks" (1934) and "Sweet and Hot" (1958).
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"Rhythm and Weep" is a late Curly-era short released in 1946. The
plotwhat there is of itinvolves the unsuccessful Stooge acting trio
being thrown out into the street by an unsympathetic theater bouncer.
They climb to the top of a skyscraper to commit suicide, where they
find three gorgeous young women likewise planning to jump. The three
couples pair off, then find a millionaire playing a piano in the
building. He hires the guys and ladies and offers them fat salaries to
perform in his show. After some uninspired dancing by the ladies, the
"millionaire" is discovered and hauled off to a mental hospital by the
stereotypical guys in white suits.
Curly Howard was in a rapid physical decline when this shoddy short subject was made in the mid-1940s. Edward Bernds directed quite a few of the later Curly shorts, and later said that he would try to catch Curly on an "up" day to film his material. This approach resulted in the tolerable short "Monkey Businessmen" and the classic "Micro Phonies". Jules White, who directed this short, normally would stick an ill Curly in the corner with almost no lines, and emphasize the rest of the cast. Here, a extended dancing number by the female dance team pads the film's running time, and adds nothing to the movie. Moe and Larry perform their material with Curly just blankly looking on most of the time. There are some mild laughs during the boys' musical number, but the whole short is otherwise completely unfunny.
Along with "Three Loan Wolves", this was probably the worst short the Stooges made with Curly. I love the Stooges, but because of Curly's condition I just can't enjoy this film. Instead of being funny, it's just really sad.
"Rhythm and Weep" is one of the dozen or so Stooge entries from 1945-46
shows Curly was not a well man. His actions are noticeably slower, as
as his speech. With this said, however, he looks and sounds better in
film than in others made during this time ("Monkey Businessmen" and "Three
Loan Wolves" are examples of this).
This film is a sort-of reworking of "Gents Without Cents" from 1944. Dejected at being thrown out as performers from a theater, the boys decide to commit suicide. On top of a building they meet three beautiful dancers, who also want to off themselves for not finding work. Before they can jump, they meet a millionaire musical producer (Jack Norton) who will bankroll them into his newest production.
The film limps along with protracted musical numbers with the girls. The only highlights of the film are the Army service exam and Larry's classic line, "This I like! And I get paid for it, too!" It's also interesting to see character actor Jack Norton in a role where he doesn't play a drunk! This aside, however, the short is only memorable for being one of Curly's last performances. 5 out of 10.
Okay, with 7 other reviews, why add another one. Because for this
Stooge fan, a word I never remotely associated with their work popped
into my head while watching Rhythm. In my little book, this is indeed a
'charming' entryfrom the wink-and-nod playing to the camera to the
absolutely beautiful three girl dancers. But I especially like that
sequence on the ledge where the three boys and three girls sweetly find
each other more enticing than a leap off the edge, and then celebrate
with a charming little dance.
Also, the typical Stooge slapstick is nicely integrated into the girls' dance numbers, especially the hep-cat number. I suspect there's more music and less knock-about because of Curly's declining health. But whatever the reason, the writers and casting director manage to compensate in charmingly unexpected fashion.
This is a fair short, with Curly Howard having a good week, despite his health problems during this time. The highlight of this is Ruth White in her first feature. Her dancing is good and she proved to be a good asset to three stooges shorts. Ruth got to work with Curly , Shemp and Joe Besser. She is in the best short that Joe did with the Stooges " A Merry Mixup". Ruth became a well respected character actress on Broadway before her untimely death of cancer in 1969. Ruth was quite a talent and she shined brightly in the Stooges shorts she did with the boys ( given the material she had to work with ) And she went on to display her talents in films as well.
Rhythm and Weep was a good stooge short during the 1945-46 era when
Curly's health was declining, this wasn't one of Curly's better acting
shorts of the era but Moe, Larry, the piano player and the girls did a
great job, the best part is when Curly falls off of the building and
when Moe constantly gets smacked in the face by Larry and Curly's
instruments and when the piano player doubles their salary, they find
out that he's a mental patient from the cuckoo's nest, if you love the
Three Stooges, then you'll like Rhythm and Weep but I wouldn't
recommend this short if you're expecting a great performance by Curly
but he was definitely better than If a Body Meets a Body, Bird in the
Head and especially Three Loan Wolves.
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!
I have always liked this Three Stooges short. Its hilarious, it has very good acting, it has three beautiful actresses Doria Patrice, Ruth White, Nita Bieber which dance incredibly in this short film. The scenes where the Stooges play the instruments are funny and the music is fantastic! This is an excellent one! One of My favorites!
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