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Open Season for Saps (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 27 October 1944 (USA)
Shemp's wife complains that he cares more about his lodge meetings then he does about her.

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Shemp's wife complains that he cares more about his lodge meetings then he does about her.

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Senorita Shemp plays a laugh-tune on your funny-bone!

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Shemp Was No Slouch
19 January 2017 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

It's easy to forget that of the three Horwitz brothers, Shemp was the only one who had his own film series, besides holding his own in features with the likes of W. C. Fields. Here he's starring in a remake of Charley Chase's first Columbia short, "The Great Hooter." He carries it off with flying colors.

Shemp is a henpecked husband who would rather spend time with his lodge buddies than with his wife. He takes his wife to a hotel, where he runs in to a lodge buddy, Harry Barris, Bing Crosby's old partner and composer of "Mississippi Mud." Harry, it seems, is being blackmailed by Christine McIntyre. Shemp offers to help, but his flirting with Christine is cut short by the appearance of her jealous, hot-tempered husband, George Lewis.

There are lots of gags, a brief song by Miss McIntyre, and a surprise finish. This wouldn't be the last time Shemp would remake a Charley Chase film, but it's likely one of the better ones. (I like this more than "Mr. Noisy," Shemp's remake of Chase's superb "The Heckler.")

Recommended.


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