The Three Stooges: Hapless Half-Wits [DVD]

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Synopsis

Dopey Dicks
Classic comedy is on the menu in this home video collection that serves up a trio of Three Stooges short subjects featuring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Shemp Howard. In Dopey Dicks, the Stooges happen upon a mad scientist who needs a human head, complete with brain, for his latest creation, a robot. He decides that one of the Stooges will do, apparently assuming that the brain won't be much taxed by the creature's habits. Scrambled Brains finds poor Shemp in a mental hospital, where he's suffering from hallucinations. He delusionally believes that the hospital's head nurse is a beautiful blonde, rather than the stout, severe-looking harridan she truly is -- and Shemp has asked her to marry him! Moe and Larry try to save him, but just get themselves in hot water. And the Stooges become the first dentists in the Old West in The Tooth Will Out, where they find their skills as painless tooth-pullers put to the test by an outlaw with a terrible toothache and no hesitance about using his gun. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Beer Barrel Polecats
In their first released two-reel comedy of 1946, the Three Stooges are jailed for bootlegging. Their combined efforts to escape makes up the bulk of the comedy, which was heavily augmented with stock footage from So Long Mr. Chumps and In the Sweet Pie and Pie, old footage becoming an increasing occurrence in the series. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Brideless Groom
Shemp Howard plays a vocal coach in this Three Stooges short. His most adoring student is a homely young miss who cheerfully mangles "The Voice of Spring." As soon as her lesson is over, Moe and Larry show up and inform him that his Uncle Caleb has left him a half a million dollars -- provided that he is married by six o'clock that evening. Shemp needs a bride in a hurry, so he heads to a phone booth with his little black book and a handful of nickels, but he only manages to get tangled up with Moe. Then he sees a pretty girl (Christine McIntyre), who's a new resident in the building, but she turns out to be a violent psychopath. Shemp has no choice but to take his awful voice student to the altar, but as the justice of the peace (Emil Sitka) is preparing to wed them, an angry group of Shemp's former girlfriends show up -- Moe ran a notice in the paper announcing his dilemma. The women battle furiously to become Shemp's bride, and the Stooges are all the worse for wear. The semi-conscious Shemp manages to say "I do" to the singing student, and when he comes to and realizes what he's done, his response is to scream, "Help!" If this short bears a few similarities to the Buster Keaton silent Seven Chances, it could be because writer Clyde Bruckman worked on both films. Emil Sitka's line, "Hold hands, you lovebirds," was immortalized in Pulp Fiction -- it can be heard while John Travolta is pumping a hypodermic full of adrenaline into the overdosed Uma Thurman. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

I'll Never Heil Again
Even though The Three Stooges, as dictators of Moronica, get eaten by lions at the end of 1940's You Natzy Spy!, they're brought back to terrorize the world once again for this comic satire on Hitler and the other Axis rulers. This time, the munitions manufactures from the first short have come to regret putting Moe Hailstone (Moe Howard) in power, and decide to help out Moronica's deposed King Herman 6 7/8. The King's daughter offers to go to the Stooges disguised as an astrologer, the "Seeress of Roebuck." Meanwhile, the boys are looking at a map of Europe (or a pun-filled variation thereof) and making plans to invade "Great Mitten." The princess shows up and convinces the Stooges that the other members of the Axis nations are plotting against them. She also sneaks an explosive-filled ball onto the pool table. During a meeting between the Stooges and the heads of the Axis nations, things come to a head and they start fighting over possession of the world -- actually the globe sitting on the table. The Stooges manage to knock out their foes, but the globe also gets smashed to bits on Moe's head -- "You nitwit!" he screams. "You shattered my world!" It gets blasted to pieces even more when the billiard ball explodes. The Stooges wind up with their heads mounted on the wall and once again Herman 6 7/8 rules over Moronica. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Moe Howard
    Moe Howard - Moe
  • Larry Fine
    Larry Fine - Larry
  • Shemp Howard
    Shemp Howard - Shemp
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    Christine McIntyre
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    Stanley Price
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