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The Three Stooges: G.I. Stooge [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & video
  • Full screen presentations
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Episode selections
  • Animated menus
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Boobs in Arms
World War II was just heating up, but the U.S. hadn't yet entered the fighting when the Three Stooges made this comic short. It opens with the boys selling greeting cards on the street, none too successfully. One surly guy in particular is a victim of the Stooges' harassment. To get away from his wrath, the boys dash into an apartment building, where they find a weepy young woman who thinks her husband doesn't love her anymore. To help her out, the Stooges offer to try to make her husband jealous. The woman's spouse turns out to be the very same man they harassed a few minutes earlier. To get away from him -- again -- the guys get in what they think is a bread line, but it's really a recruitment line for the Army. In a flash the Stooges are in uniform -- only to discover that their sergeant is the very same angry husband. They manage to make it through basic training and are sleeping through bomb blasts when they're woken up and sent on a mission. The sergeant has been captured and they're supposed to bomb enemy headquarters with laughing gas. Naturally, the gas shell explodes on them and they're captured. At the enemy headquarters, they manage to knock everyone unconscious while laughing uncontrollably. The place is being shelled by the American troops, and the Stooges, still laughing, ride one of the shells as it soars out of the building. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Dizzy Pilots
The Three Stooges, as the Wrong Bothers, aided the war effort by inventing a new plane in this below-average two-reel comedy. Actually, they are attempting to avoid the draft but when their plane, the Buzzard, fails miserably, they march off to war. Richard Fiske, formerly a busy supporting player in Stooges comedies, appeared in this two-reeler courtesy of stock footage from the earlier Boobs in Arms (1940). Ironically, Fiske had himself been drafted and would be killed in action in France in August of 1944. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

No Dough Boys
During WWII, many Three Stooges shorts were more than just a little propaganda-laden. It may be painful now to watch the Japanese stereotypes and jokes, but at the time Americans found it necessary to drum up as much hatred as possible for their adversaries. Here, the Stooges are playing Japanese soldiers in a commercial. They are given but a 15-minute lunch break, not enough time to change their costumes, so they head for a diner in their uniforms. This unnerves the diner's owner, who has just read a news item about a Japanese sub which has been sunk off the coast. Three of the crew have escaped, and while the Stooges' makeup wouldn't fool anybody with common sense, the owner is convinced they are the spies. He battles the Stooges, who fight back and dash into a house with a secret panel. Behind the panel is a Nazi spy (Vernon Dent) and his three female helpers (one of them is Christine McIntyre). They know right away that the Stooges are not the spies, but they let them stick around, hoping to find out what they want. At the spies' request, the Stooges perform a wild acrobatic act. Eventually the real Japanese crew shows up and a fracas ensues. After a lengthy battle, the Stooges emerge victorious. They rip off the clothes of the unconscious Nazi spy to reveal that he is wearing long underwear with a swastika print. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Back from the Front
The Three Stooges join the war effort in this two-reel comedy when they board an enemy submarine masquerading as Hitler (Moe), Goebbels (Larry), and Göring (Curly). With their unique brand of anarchy, the Stooges soon take over the vessel. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Wee Wee Monsieur
The Three Stooges play aspiring artists in this comic short. They're honing their craft in "Paris -- somewhere in France" (as the title card helpfully offers). The boys are no better at art and music than they were at the blue-collar jobs they had in their other films. They're eight months behind on the rent and the landlord is furious. In an attempt to escape his wrath, the Stooges dash into an office of the Foreign Legion. Believing that the organization is somehow related to the American Legion, they sign up for what they believe is passage home to America. In reality, they've been contracted for a term of service in the desert. Their commanding officer (Bud Jamison) orders them to keep guard over Captain Gorgonzola. Predictably, the captain is kidnapped by bandits almost immediately. Faced with the firing squad, the Stooges beg for a chance to rescue the captain. Because no white man has ever entered the chief's domain, the Stooges disguise themselves as a trio of Santa Clauses and manage to sneak their way in. When they encounter the chief's harem and start playing games with the girls, Curly gives their presence away. They escape from the bandits long enough to dress up as harem members and are able to knock the chief and his slave unconscious. Unfortunately, they take a wrong turn with the captain and end up in the lion's den. They're able to vanquish the beast and hook him up to a cart like a horse. The lion takes them back to headquarters. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

G.I. Wanna Go Home
The postwar housing shortage played a large role in this Three Stooges two-reeler, which cast the boys as returning G.I.s who cannot marry their fiancées (Judy Malcolm, Ethelreda Leopold, and Doris Houck) until they find proper living quarters. Despite the fact that popular Stooges veterans Ethelreda Leopold and Symona Boniface both returned to the series after an absence, G.I. Wanna Go Home had little more than a typically clever title to recommend it. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

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