The Three Stooges Collection, Volume Two: 1937-1939

 

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 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 24 X approx 18:00 each = 7 hours 
 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Disc 1
Bitrate: Disc 2
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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Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• unrelated previews

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 2008

2 slim transparent keep cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters: 24 shorts

 

Comments:

Up until Volume 1 (reviewed HERE) the Three Stooges on DVD had been a real mix'n match hodge-podge of un-restored titles and illogical entries. Sony are giving us the first concert effort to categorize, on digital, 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 13 shorts on dual layered disc 1 and 11 on dual-layered disc 2. They are progressively transferred and coded for regions 1 in the NTSC standard. Specifically:

 

Disc One (made in 1937 and 38'):
Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937), Dizzy Doctors (1937), 3 Dumb Clucks (1937), Back to the Woods (1937), Goofs and Saddles (1937), Cash and Carry (1937), Playing the Ponies (1937) and The Sitter-Downers (1937) and
Termites of 1938 (1938), Wee Wee Monsieur (1938), Tassels in the Air (1938), Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938) and Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938)

Disc Two (made in 1938 - 39'):

Three Missing Links (1938), Mutts to You (1938), Flat Foot Stooges (1938) and
Three Little Sew and Sews (1939), We Want Our Mummy (1939), A-Ducking They Did Go (1939), Yes, We Have No Bonanza (1939), Saved by the Belle (1939), Calling All Curs (1939), Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939), Three Sappy People (1939)

They are better looking than I ever remember from Saturday mornings and although there are no extras (save some unrelated Previews) the 7 hour plus entertainment value should suffice most fans. Contrast is exceptionally good considering the age, detail fairly strong with some light damage marks here and there - this package has no subtitle options. Audio shares some of the weakness but overall these look and sound exceptionally viewable. The best I have ever seen them.

Great fun and another healthy addition to the library to start any film night! Their body of work is so immense you can watch at anytime and it will probably seem fresh to you as these did to me. They are so fun and addictive (all Curlys too!) with zany plots and desperate physical visuals. This is actually superior to Volume 1 as there are 5 more 'episodes' and the trio were right in their slapstick stride. So do we recommend? - 'Soitenly... Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk'.  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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