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The Three Stooges: Goofs on the Loose [DVD]

Release Date:08/10/2004
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    Special Features

    • 'Coloring the Classics' featurette
    • Closed Captioned


    The Sitter-Downers
    The ever-growing unionization during the 1930s forms the very basis for this Three Stooges short. The Stooges are courting three sisters -- Corabelle, Florabelle and Dorabelle. Unfortunately, their father, Mr. Bell, refuses to give the happy couples his blessing. Since they can't wed the girls, the Stooges hold a sit-down strike and camp out at dad's home for three weeks. Finally Mr. Bell relents -- and then the Stooges have to figure out which guy gets which girl. They solve the problem by pulling names out of a hat. Because their strike was so widely publicized, the newlyweds have received a load of gifts, including a plot of land and a precut house. The house, however, has to be put together. At first the Stooges refuse to start building, since they're on their honeymoon, but this time their attempt to strike doesn't work out so well. Their blushing brides slug them and Florabelle (the biggest of the three) says, "The honeymoon starts when the house is finished!" So the Stooges get down to work with predictably disastrous results. The final product rivals Buster Keaton's contorted contraption in One Week. Florabelle notices a post in the middle of what appears to be the living room and, thinking it shouldn't be there, pulls it out. But it's the only thing holding the place up, and the walls come crashing down around the three couples. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

    Playing the Ponies
    The Three Stooges are restaurateurs who get into the horseracing business in this comic short. Quitting the restaurant is probably not such a bad idea; Curly makes chicken soup by pouring hot water over a chicken carcass, and makes fresh filet of sole by casting a line out the window into the ocean and pulling up an old boot. Moe and Larry wonder about the possibilities of horseracing, and a man who owns a loser horse believes them to be easy marks. He trades them the restaurant for Thunderbolt, the horse -- who turns out to be rail-thin and swaybacked. Even Curly can beat him around the track. Then the Stooges kick-start Thunderbolt's racing skills after accidentally feeding him hot chili peppers, which speed him up considerably. The boys wind up entering their steed in a big race. Larry (with a handful of the hot chilies) is the jockey. Although Thunderbolt starts off in the wrong direction, the chilies soon have him passing every other horse on the track, helped along by Moe and Curly, who are driving alongside him with a pail of water just out of reach. The last we see of the boys, they're wealthy and sitting down to a fine meal (a turkey apiece) -- and Thunderbolt is at the table, too. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

    Punch Drunks
    While this was the second short that The Three Stooges shot for Columbia, this one is the first where they use their own names (and, thankfully, they don't have to talk in couplets, like they did in their first, Woman Haters). Stooge Moe Howard plays a down-on-his-luck fight manager. While eating at a restaurant with some cronies, he finds himself a new fighter -- their waiter (Curly Howard). When a hungry violinist (Larry Fine) offers to play for some soup and begins a lively rendition of "Pop Goes the Weasel," Curly goes into a conniption fit that would soon become classic Stooge fare -- slapping his face, dancing around and "Woop-wooping" wildly. Before anyone can move, he's knocked out all of Moe's pals -- and the restaurant's manager. Moe grabs both Curly and Larry and the trio work their way up in the boxing world -- until one bout in which an accident breaks Larry's violin. Curly takes a brutal beating from Killer Kilduff while Larry runs all over town! looking for something -- anything -- that is playing "Pop Goes the Weasel." He finds a politician's campaign truck blaring the tune from its speakers and races it to the arena in time for Curly to win the fight. In fact, the song -- and Curly's fit -- doesn't stop until Moe and Larry also wind up in a heap in the ring. The Stooges would use this same gag -- Curly stimulated into going nuts -- in at least two other films, 1935's Horses' Collars and 1937's Grips, Grunts and Groans. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

    Men in Black
    Although it was nominated for an Academy Award, the third Three Stooges comedy two-reeler for Columbia has not dated well. A spoof of MGM's Clark Gable vehicle Men in White, Men in Black was a rather shapeless romp in which Moe, Larry, and Curly played dumbbell interns at the Lost Arms Hospital. The team was supported by such veteran comedians as Bud Jamison, Dell Henderson, Hank Mann, and Neal Burns, while Ruth Hiatt, Kay Hughes, and a host of starlets appeared as nurses, but the two-reeler remains one of the team's lesser early efforts. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Moe Howard
      Moe Howard - Moe
    • Larry Fine
      Larry Fine - Larry
    • Curly Howard
      Curly Howard - Curly
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      Betty Mack
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      James C. Morton

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