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Red Skelton Whistling Collection

Red Skelton Whistling Collection

DVD

Warner Archive

1941, 42, 43 / 1:33:1 / 78, 74, 87 Min.

Starring Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford

Written by Robert MacGunigle, Nat Perrin

Cinematography by Sidney Wagner, Clyde De Vinnam, Lester White

Directed by S. Sylvan Simon

One night in 1950 during an especially frenetic episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour, Jerry Lewis stepped away from Dean Martin to address the camera point blank – “You get the idea – I’m supposed to be a 9-year-old kid.” Hardly a revelation – especially to Red Skelton, the reigning king of prepubescent horseplay.

That reign was begun in 1923 and fueled by broadly played gags that were both leering and infantile – like a burlesque version of The Bad Seed. One of Skelton’s most grating characters was a wisecracking brat called the “mean widdle kid” – wearing short pants and lace collar while delivering grown-up one-liners in baby talk he was a less feral version of Joe Besser’s
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Have Rocket Will Travel

This cheap but popular sci-fi spoof was the first Columbia feature for the Stooges, who had contemplated retirement until the galvanic response to the release of the Stooges shorts on nationwide TV in 1958 brought them back into the limelight. The boys accidentally travel to Venus and encounter a giant fire-belching spider and a talkative unicorn. Moe retired the eye-poking after this one, averting a blindness epidemic on the playground. This was the first Stooge appearance by Curly Joe DeRita as the third Stooge.

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The Best of The Three Stooges

The Best of The Three Stooges

DVD

Time-Life

1934 – 1959 / 1.33:1 / Over 45 Hours (!)/ Street Date – June 6, 2018

Starring Moe Howard, Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita

Cinematography by Benjamin Kline, Gert Andersen, Ray Cory

Directed by Jules White

Garden variety slapstick has always been fraught with physical peril but The Three Stooges took the concept to medieval levels, their persona defined by equal parts vaudeville and the Spanish Inquisition.

With clothes seemingly hijacked from clotheslines and manners borrowed from feral raccoons, the scrappy trio were nothing if not street survivors – always on the dole or making do with hardscrabble day jobs. Their raw brand of comedy, all simmering anger and violent outbursts, was the embodiment of depression-era resentment.

Ticket buyers loved them, so much so that Columbia president Harry Cohn used them as a bargaining chip when striking deals with hungry theater owners – if exhibitors wanted The Three Stooges, they were stuck with Blondie Plays Cupid.
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‘The Best of The Three Stooges’ DVD Review

The Three Stooges have been making families laugh for decades. Larry, Moe, and Curly were the three kings of slapstick comedy and paved the way for many comedians for years to come. Time Life has honored the iconic trio by releasing an exclusive The Best of The Three Stooges set.

Time Life’s The Best of The Three Stooges set is a 13 disc set which includes the 87 Columbia Pictures shorts 1934-1945, 14 Shemp Howard shorts, 10 Joe Besser shorts and 4 Curly Joe DeRIta shorts, Feature Film (The 2000 biopic), three feature films, three Three Stooges cartoons, and a 9-part documentary series.

Thanks to my dad, I grew up watching reruns of The Three Stooges and to this day, I watch them whenever the shorts air on television. We love the trio so much that I bought my dad a Three Stooges collection for Christmas a few years ago, simply title “The Three Stooges
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The Three Stooges Collection – Volumes 1 and 2

The Three Stooges Collection –

Volumes 1 and 2

Blu ray

Mill Creek Entertainment

1941-1965 / 1:33, 1:85 / Street Date April 21, 2015

Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Joe DeRita

Cinematography by Franz Planer, Scotty Welbourne, William P. Whitley

Written by Raphael Hayes, Norman Maurer

Directed by Sidney Salkow, Edward Bernds, Norman Maurer

A frenetic mix of baggy-pants vaudeville and the Spanish Inquisition, the eye-poking exploits of The Three Stooges have appalled faint-hearted sophisticates and overprotective mothers for close to a century.

The team’s lowdown influence still lingers – not in the brutal roughhousing demonstrated by the lads in their most frantic moments but in their low class assault on upper class sensibilities – from the semen-sculpted hair-do of the Farrelly Brothers’s There’s Something About Mary to Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass to the mortifying contagion of diarrhea suffered by Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, the Stooge abides.

And then there’s the Farrelly’s ode to brainlessness,
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TCM Celebrates Oscar Nominee Blyth's 85th Birthday

Ann Blyth movies: TCM schedule on August 16, 2013 (photo: ‘Our Very Own’ stars Ann Blyth and Farley Granger) See previous post: "Ann Blyth Today: Light Singing and Heavy Drama on TCM." 3:00 Am One Minute To Zero (1952). Director: Tay Garnett. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman. Bw-106 mins. 5:00 Am All The Brothers Were Valiant (1953). Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Ann Blyth. C-95 mins. 6:45 Am The King’S Thief (1955). Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven. C-79 mins. Letterbox Format. 8:15 Am Rose Marie (1954). Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Ann Blyth, Howard Keel, Fernando Lamas. C-104 mins. Letterbox Format. 10:00 Am The Great Caruso (1951). Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna, Richard Hageman, Carl Benton Reid, Eduard Franz, Ludwig Donath, Alan Napier, Pál Jávor, Carl Milletaire, Shepard Menken, Vincent Renno, Nestor Paiva, Peter Price, Mario Siletti, Angela Clarke,
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The Lone Ranger (2013) – The Review

The Summer is at the halfway mark so it’s time for another all-media icon to storm (or in this case, gallop) into the multiplexes. “An all-media icon ?”, you may ask. Well that’s a character or series that premiered in one media outlet and then became a hit in all the other outlets. The case could be made for the Enterprise crew of “Star Trek”, although they arrived after the end of dramatic series radio (but they inspired a whole lot of internet content). The second installment of the reboot from Jj Abrams, Star Trek: Into Darkness, was a box office hit in May (and is still on the B.O. top ten list). But there’s no argument that the all-media crown can be bestowed on Superman, subject of the big June release Man Of Steel. The character ,who was introduced in comic books, “Action Comics” #1 back in 1938 (yup,
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Photos from The Joe Besser Film Festival Yesterday in St. Louis

“Not so haaaard!” was uttered several times yesterday as we celebrated the life and career of Joe Besser, the ‘St. Louis Stooge’ at the Esquire Theater in St. Louis. The film festival was part of a campaign to raise awareness in St. Louis that Joe Besser is one of us and to perhaps get him a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Attendance was strong at the fest yesterday with the crowd skewing older as though are the folks that remember Joe Besser who was born in 1907 and raised here, the 9th child of Morris and Fanny Besser up in Florissant. Joe Besser worked in vaudeville and Broadway and starred in his own comedy shorts for Columbia pictures before joining the Three Stooges in 1955 after Shemp Howard died suddenly. Besser would star in the last 16 Stooges shorts. After that Besser returned to films and television, most notably as
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The Joe Besser Film Festival This Sunday at the AMC Esquire in St. Louis

The Joe Besser Film Festival will take place June 9th at the AMC Esquire in St. Louis from 1 to 4pm. St. Louis’ own Joe Besser is best known as a member of the Three Stooges and this is part of a campaign to raise awareness in St. Louis that Joe Besser is one of us.

Joe Besser, born in 1907 and raised here, the 9th child of Morris and Fanny Besser up in Florissant, is the only Stooge from St. Louis and it’s time to celebrate him! In 1955 Besser replaced who Shemp (who had replaced Curly in 1946), but avoided imitating Curly or Shemp and continued to play the same whiny character, a tantrum-throwing imp sometimes known as ‘Stinky’, he had developed in his earlier solo shorts and on The Abbott and Costello Television Shows. He did his own thing in sixteen Stooges shorts with Moe and Larry over two years.
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Africa Screams – A Look Back at 1949

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated recently on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe in 2011 and he has asked me to write a regular monthly movie-related column. This month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1949, the year Joe Besser starred with Abbott and Costello in the comedy Africa Speaks. We are publishing several Joe Besser articles in this issue to help promote the upcoming Joe Besser Film Festival which will
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Joe Besser, the cartoon bio

On Sunday June 9 at 1Pm the AMC Esquire Theatre at 6706 Clayton Road will be ground zero for fans of classic comedy. That’s because it’s the site of the Joe Besser Film Festival. The three hour program will include several highlights from Mr. Besser’s long career. There will be TV clips including segments from “The Abbott and Costello Show” and “The Joey Bishop Show” along with several solo theatrical shorts and, of course, several of his shorts as one of the Three Stooges. To get you in the mood I’m proud to present a biographical comic strip I prepared for a special edition of the St. Louis Globe Democrat newspaper. Enjoy, and I’ll see you there on June 9!
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DVD Review: "Peter Gunn:- The Complete Series" Released By Timeless Video

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By Harvey F. Chartrand

Peter Gunn: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 12-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 114 episodes, with a running time of over 58 hours.

Peter Gunn – created and produced by Blake Edwards – ran for three seasons – from 1958 to 1961. This classic detective show was a delightful blend of film noir and fifties cool, featuring a modern jazz score by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of the soundtrack is included in the set), outbreaks of the old ultra-violence, a gallery of eccentric and sleazy characters (usually informants, gangsters and Beat Generation bohemians), and great acting by series leads Craig Stevens (as Gunn), Lola Albright (as his squeeze, sultry nightclub singer Edie Hart) and Herschel Bernardi (as Gunn’s friend and competitor Lieutenant Jacoby, who seems to work all by himself 24 hours a day
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Review: ‘The Three Stooges’ Features Fantastic Impersonations, Misplaced Bathroom Humor, Troglodyte Guidos and Very Few Laughs

With imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, the original Three Stooges would be most flattered (if they were still alive, of course) by the new Farrelly Brothers‘ film The Three Stooges. They could also very well be turning over in their graves. Even Joe Besser and Curly Joe DeRita might be saddened a bit by this flick, and those two guys were saddled with trying to fill the shoes of the original Curly and his follow-up Shemp. It’s not that The Three Stooges is a terrible film. It’s just unnecessary. Like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch that wears on too long, this movie offers little more than a showcase of Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos doing solid impersonations of the original Larry, Curly and Moe. Sorry, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, but that’s not enough to make a good movie. What was originally rumored to be a serious look at the
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The Three Stooges – The Review

Every decade or so, one or two film makers become a major force in cinema comedies. The 1980′s saw the influence of Zaz (Aka Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker) starting with Airplane! and Ruthless People . For the last ten years or so Judd Apatow (40-year Old Virgin) and Todd Phillips (Old School) have ruled the comedy roost. In between there’s the Farrelly brothers (Peter and Bobby), former sitcom writers who invaded the multiplexes with the big box office laugh fests Dumb And Dumber and There’S Something About Mary (which opened the gates for the return of the R-rated movie comedy). When interviewed during their salad days, the guys related their affection for a decades old comedy team and vowed to bring them back to the big screen (they even appeared on a tribute NBC-tv special hosted by their Kingpin star Woody Harrelson). After some recent under
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The New Farrelly 'Three Stooges' - Blissful, Classic Stupidity

I must have really bad taste. In fact, I'm sure I do. Valley Girl is one of my favorite movies. And I love that horror film Bad Taste so that kind of proves it.

Let me tell you a little story: back when I was a little girl, in the 1890s, we didn't have cable on our TV. Every weekend at 12:00 noon on channel 5 was a one-hour marathon of The Three Stooges. I liked it. The Three Stooges, in case you've never condescended to watch it, showcases the misadventures of three brothers (sometimes there's a fourth) named Larry, Curly, and Moe (and sometimes Shemp). A vaudeville holdover from the 1930s, the men behind the Stooges (Moe and Curly Howard, and Larry Fine, and Shemp Howard, and then two other versions of Curly named Joe Besser and Curly Joe Derita - but those last two were just poseurs) were relatively normal,
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New at Tfh: John Landis on Have Rocket Will Travel

Birthday Boy John Landis celebrates (appropriately*) with some Stooges.

This cheap but popular sci fi spoof was the first Columbia feature for the Stooges, who had contemplated retirement until the galvanic response to the release of the Stooges shorts on nationwide tv in 1958 brought them back into the limelight. The boys accidentally travel to Venus and encounter a giant fire-belching spider a talkative unicorn. Moe retired the eye-poking after this one, averting a blindness epidemic on the playground. This was the first Stooge appearance by Curly Joe DeRita (replacing Joe Besser, who replaced Shemp, who replaced Curly)as the third Stooge.

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*Joe Dante’s joke, not mine.

This will never not be relevant for this week of Landis on Comedy — you’re going to see me link to it again on Friday — but if you saw the blooper reel featuring John Landis, you got
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Week 205: John Landis on Comedy.

A week of Landis bringing you 3 classic comedies starts now.

On Monday, August 1, join John Landis for the trailer to A Chump at Oxford.

Like Saps at Sea, this Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy vehicle was originally conceived as a four-reeler, but was bumped up to 63 minutes to compete in the feature market. These were arguably their last substantial theatrical releases before a contract with 20th Century Fox reduced them to formula B-pictures. It’s a cultural crime that today’s kids know nothing of Stan and Ollie, but that’s their loss. John McCabe’s 1961 biography “Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy” remains the definitive word on the duo.

On Wednesday, August 3, join John Landis for the trailer to Have Rocket Will Travel.

This cheap but popular sci fi spoof was the first Columbia feature for the Stooges, who had contemplated retirement until the galvanic response to the release of the Stooges
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Jennifer Hudson Joins 'Three Stooges' Cast

The singer/actress will play a nun in the Farrelly brothers' long-in-the-works movie based on the classic comedy trio.

By Gil Kaufman

Jennifer Hudson

Photo: Getty

Jennifer Hudson is headed back to the big screen, and you'll never guess in which movie. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer/actress has been cast as a nun in the Farrelly brothers' long-gestating film "The Three Stooges."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hudson will play one of the nuns in the orphanage where the Stooges spend some time as children alongside "Glee" star Jane Lynch, who has been cast as Mother Superior in the film. Hudson's Sister Rosemary will be among a trio of nuns that reportedly will also include "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David.

After years of false starts and attempts to reboot the classic eye-poking, head-bonking comedy franchise with stars such as Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro and Jim Carrey, the
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Jennifer Hudson Joins 'Three Stooges' Cast

The singer/actress will play a nun in the Farrelly brothers' long-in-the-works movie based on the classic comedy trio.

By Gil Kaufman

Jennifer Hudson

Photo: Getty

Jennifer Hudson is headed back to the big screen, and you'll never guess in which movie. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer/actress has been cast as a nun in the Farrelly brothers' long-gestating film "The Three Stooges."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hudson will play one of the nuns in the orphanage where the Stooges spend some time as children alongside "Glee" star Jane Lynch, who has been cast as Mother Superior in the film. Hudson's Sister Rosemary will be among a trio of nuns that reportedly will also include "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David.

After years of false starts and attempts to reboot the classic eye-poking, head-bonking comedy franchise with stars such as Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro and Jim Carrey, the
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Fox Sets March 14 Start For 'The Three Stooges'

Fox Sets March 14 Start For 'The Three Stooges'
Exclusive: The approval of the MGM pre-packaged bankruptcy has opened the door for the long-gestating comedy The Three Stooges to get made at 20th Century Fox. The studio has taken the project over from MGM and has scheduled a March 14 start date for the comedy. Bobby and Peter Farrelly will direct a script they wrote with Mike Cerrone. Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas will produce with Charles B. Wessler. The film will be exec produced by Earl Benjamin, the gatekeeper of the Stooges estate, and the stepson of Joe DeRita. DeRita was the sixth member of the troupe. He played the role originated by Jerome "Curly" Howard, who suffered a stroke and was succeeded by his brother Samuel (Shemp). After Shemp died suddenly, he was replaced by Joe Besser, who gave way to the vaudeville vet De Rita. The project has no cast at this point. Jim Carrey and Sean Penn are out,
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