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This short was the first of nearly 2-dozen shorts from the '1953-55'
consisting of a heavy dose of stock footage from Shemp films made in the
late 40's & would mark the slow decline in quality of stooge shorts. Some
these rehashed efforts weren't all bad, and this short starts off
well with the new opening footage of the stooges(unwittingly)helping
Ken McDonald break into a man's home and steal from his safe. The new
footage(running about 7 mins.)is so good, you can't help but feel letdown
when the 2nd half is all stock footage from "Hold That Lion", save for a
small 5 second clip. Jules White must've really like "Hold That Lion"
a 2nd remake of it follows this short(Loose Loot)though 'Loot' is a much
better effort and has a lot more new footage.
It's not their booty though they helped steal it and it's not their
beast though they have to flee from it. But only Moe, Larry, and Shemp
could get themselves in the jackpot they get in Booty And The Beast.
The second half of this film is taken completely intact from Hold That Lion a few years earlier with them chasing character actor Kenneth MacDonald through a train to get their inheritance. Instead of being a slippery lawyer as he was in Hold That Lion, MacDonald is a gentleman burglar who convinces the passing Three Stooges he's just a man locked out of his own home and he must have picked up the wrong bag at the station.
Of course our three heroes help him break in and steal the contents of a safe and now they have to catch him lest they be put in jail. At this point Hold That Lion is now grafted into the new short subject.
The Stooges were getting old and the creative powers at Columbia Pictures were getting stale and in the later Shemp films the boys were doing a lot of this. But just because it was done before, it's still good for a laugh, the Three Stooges chasing MacDonald and being chased by a lion they free.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Three Stooges fans generally regard the stock footage remakes of
1953-1956 to be among their worst work. However, "Booty and the Beast"
is, in my opinion, a well-done remake, utilizing footage from roughly
the second half of "Hold That Lion!" (1947). (If you have not yet seen
this short, do not read the next couple of paragraphs.)
"Booty" is an entertaining adventure story involving the Stooges helping a man break into a house that they believe is his. Once inside, they help him further by using nitroglycerin to blow up a wall safe. Following the explosion, the boys discover their mistake after they regain consciousness and are about to take the rap for the safecracking...until they remember that the burglar has inadvertently tipped them off about his having to catch a late-night train for Las Vegas. The burglar is played by familiar Stooges foil Kenneth MacDonald, and the role suits him perfectly. Anyone can see that the man is lying through his teeth in telling the Stooges that he merely "came home to get some more money" and that he mistakenly picked up the wrong satchel (coincidentally filled with explosives). But, being the Stooges that they are, they are too dimwitted to see through his facade.
Here are some highlights from this short, mostly in stock footage from "Hold That Lion!" As Moe, Larry, and Shemp search for the crook on the train, they stumble upon a sleeping passenger with a derby and a clothespin on his nose; who should this man be but Curly Howard! Once the boys discover that there is a lion inside the storage box where they are hiding, they panic and dash away, ducking into a berth; the lion then licks Moe's foot while he is sleeping. Dudley Dickerson is wonderfully hilarious as the porter who sticks his head out the window and shouts hysterically upon encountering the lion. And in one of the new scenes, Shemp insists that "garage" is spelled G-A-R-A-J, but Moe knows better; there's an "E" at the end!
In conclusion, "Booty and the Beast" is a fine Three Stooges remake and does not match the poor quality of remakes to come. Overall grade: A-.
Hold That Lion, at least the footage of Curly is from that short. Curly had passed away in 1952, and Shemp started having heart problems, so they started more and more in taking old Stooge Comedies and reusing them. That is taking large patches of an Older Shemp Comedy and then adding four or five minutes of new footage. That way it was less strain on an older Shemp, who could not longer do the physical part as well. I too love the Three, actually Six Stooges. I never don't mind Joe De Rita. There's another Curly Cameo from Mlaice in The Place that I saw in a theatre but was cut in TV Prints. Moe, Larry and Shemp rush into the kitchen, and are chased out by a very thin Curly with a handlebar mustache. I hope that they can find this footage.
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!
This is one of My favorite Three Stooges shorts with Shemp! All Appearing in this short are Vernon Dent, Kenneth MacDonald, Heinie Conklin, Dudley Dickerson, Blackie Whiteford, and Curly Howard! This one is so hilarious! Shemp has a great performance here and in My opinion its one of his best. Culry has a great cameo! There is a similar one like this called Hold That Lion and I strongly recommend both of these Three Stooges shorts!
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