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Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 1 July 1960 (USA)
Paul Winchell is trying to tell stories to Knucklehead and Jerry Mahoney who of course are his ventriloquist props. But the Three Stooges keep inserting themselves into his tales giving them a different interpretation.

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Moe (archive footage)
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Larry (archive footage)
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Curly (archive footage)
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Himself - Ventriloquist
Jerry Mahoney ...
Himself - Ventriloquist's Dummy
Knucklehead Smiff ...
Himself - Ventriloquist's Dummy
Joe Bolton ...
Officer Joe (as Officer Joe Boilton)
The Marquis Chimps ...
Themselves - Trained Chimps
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Paul Winchell is trying to tell stories to Knucklehead and Jerry Mahoney who of course are his ventriloquist props. But the Three Stooges keep inserting themselves into his tales giving them a different interpretation.

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THE ORIGINAL THREE STOOGES - MOE, LARRY AND CURLY (all original posters) See more »

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1 July 1960 (USA)  »

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Detente, mira y riete  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed at The 20th Century Fox Film studios on 10th Ave. in NYC. See more »

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When Paul tells Jerry to go to bed he says it's almost 10 o' clock; then a few minutes later when the party next door starts, he says it's 2 in the morning. See more »

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Paul Winchell: [trying to teach Knucklehead some basic arithmetic] Put one finger up. What do you have?
Ventriloquist Dummy: One.
Paul Winchell: Now put another finger up. What do you have?
Ventriloquist Dummy: Eleven.
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Edited from How High Is Up? (1940) See more »

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STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!
Lyrics by Stanley Styne
Music by George Duning
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Stop! Look! and Edit!
18 January 2007 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

I saw "Stop!Look!and Laugh!" as part of a double bill when I was a teenager and found it amusing, but strictly for the small fry. Whether the viewer enjoys this picture or not depends greatly on being a fan of the Three Stooges and Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney. Even Three Stooges addicts will be disappointed with the disjointed nature of the editing culled from some of the Stooges best film shorts.

Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney became TV's answer to the extremely popular Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy radio program. Though Winchell was a much better ventriloquist than Bergen, his humor basically was for the kids whereas Bergen appealed to a much wider audience, pleasing adults as well as children. So in this movie, Mahoney is presented as Winchell's little boy who hates school and uses all types of stratagems to stay home.

The film has a major problem in making transitions from Winchell and Mahoney's comic routines to the archival footage featuring the Three Stooges. The transitions are at best forced and at times complete failures. The archival footage of the Stooges presents the goofy trio in much edited versions, sort of like a celluloid Reader's Digest. Still, the slapstick humor of the Stooges often rises above the sloppy editing to make the audience laugh.

Never serious competition for Laurel and Hardy or the Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges could deliver the belly laughs at times, especially the original Moe, Larry, and Curly, with Curly turning out to be one of the best visual comedians of his day. Many of the scripts were well-written and the early shorts well directed. Unfortunately Curly's humor suffered in later years as a result of poor health. So rather than wasting your time on "Stop!Look! and Laugh!," rent "Disorder in Court," the Clark Gable parody, "Men in Black," or "A Plumbing We Will Go" to see the Stooges at their very best. If you're a fan of old-time slapstick you will certainly enjoy the Classic Stooges but may find "Stop!Look!and Laugh!" a bit disappointing.


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