The Three Stooges Collection, Volume One: 1934-1936

 

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the mid 20th century best known for their numerous short subject films. They were commonly known by their first names: 'Moe, Larry, & Curly', and 'Moe, Larry, & Shemp', among other lineups. The act originally featured Moe Howard (born Harry Moses Horwitz), brother Shemp Howard (born Samuel Horwitz), and longtime friend Larry Fine (born Louis Feinberg). Shemp was later replaced by brother Curly Howard (born Jerome Lester Horwitz) in 1932. When Curly suffered a debilitating stroke in 1946, Shemp rejoined the act. After Shemp's death in 1955, he was replaced by baldheaded comedian Joe Besser, and eventually by Joe "Curly-Joe" DeRita (born Joseph Wardell). After Larry's death, Emil Sitka, a longtime actor in Stooge comedies, was contracted to replace Larry, but no film was ever made with him in the role, although publicity photographs exist of him with his hair combed like Larry's posing with Moe and Curly-Joe prior to Moe's death. Larry's death marked the end of the act.

The Stooges' hallmark was extremely physical slapstick comedy punctuated by one-liners, within outrageous storylines.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Moe Howard was born on June 19, 1897, in Bensonhurst, New York, a small Jewish community on the outskirts of Brooklyn. Moe's real name was Moses Horwitz. Moe's mother's name was Jennie Horwitz, and his father was clothing cutter Solomon Horwitz. Moe was the fourth eldest of five Howard brothers. Two of Moe's brothers, Jerome (Curly), and Shemp performed with him as members of The Three Stooges. Moe's other two brothers, Jack and Irving, never entered show business.

Larry Fine was born Louis Fienberg on October 5, 1902 on the south side of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph Fienberg, and mother Fanny Lieberman, owned a watch repair and jewelry shop. Larry had two brothers, Morris, a younger brother Phillip who died prematurely, and a sister, Lila, who became a school teacher.

As a child, Larry's left arm was badly burned from acid used by his father in the jewelry business. Larry required immediate attention, and a skin graft was done on his arm. Larry's doctors recommended that he be given violin lessons as a form of therapy.

Curly Howard's real name was Jerome Lester Horwitz. He was born to Jenny and Solomon Horwitz on October 22, 1903 in Bath Beach, a summer resort in a section of Brooklyn. He was the fifth and youngest of the five Horwitz brothers. Curly's interest in show business grew as he watched his brothers, Shemp and Moe perform as stooges in Ted Healy's act. After Shemp left the Healy act, Moe suggested to Healy that his kid brother Jerome was available and would make an excellent replacement for Shemp.

Excerpts from the Three Stooges Website (Bio's Section) located HERE.

 

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DVD Review: Sony (2-disc) - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Pictures - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 19 X approx 18:00 each = 6 hours 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2007

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Chapters: 19 shorts

 

 

Comments:

Up until now the Three Stooges on DVD has been a real mix'n match hodge-podge of un-restored titles and illogical entries. This new Sony boxset - The Three Stooges Collection, Volume One: 1934-1936 seems to be the first concert effort to categorize their huge body of work chronologically with many shorts seeing the digital light for the first time. The 2-disc bare-bones DVD package represents 11 episodes on dual layered disc 1 and 8 episodes on single-layered disc 2. They are coded for regions 1 thru 4 in the NTSC standard. Specifically:

Disc One (made in 1934):
Woman Haters, Punch Drunks, Men in Black and Three Little Pigskins

Disc One (made in 1935):
Horses’ Collars (First Time To to DVD), Restless Knights, Pop Goes the Easel, Uncivil Warriors (First Time To to DVD), Pardon My Scotch (First Time To to DVD), Hoi Polloi and Three Little Bears.

Disc Two (made in 1936):
Ants in the Pantry (First Time To to DVD), Movie Maniacs (First Time To to DVD), Half-Shot Shooters (First Time To to DVD), Disorder in the Court, A Pain in the Pullman (First Time To to DVD), False Alarms, Whoops, I’m an Indian, Slippery Silks (First Time To DVD).

They looks as good as I ever remember and although there are no extras the 6 hour plus entertainment value should suffice most fans. Contrast is strong, detail fairly good although it wavers between episodes and there are no subtitle options. Audio shares some of the weakness but overall these look and sound exceptionally watchable.

Some of the highlights include - Punch Drunks (the only short actually written by the Stooges), the Oscar nominated Men in Black, Three Little Pigskins (featuring a young Lucille Ball), Restless Knights (first triple-slap in a Stooge history) and Slippery Silks (featuring the first Stooges cream dessert fight). They are so fun and addictive with zany plots and desperate physical visuals. Do we recommend? - 'Soitenly... Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk'.  

Gary W. Tooze

 

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