The Three Stooges: Stooges and the Law [DVD]

The Three Stooges: Stooges and the Law comes from Columbia TriStar Home Video containing five classic, two-reel comedies: Idiots Deluxe (1945), Pop Goes the Easel (1935), The Three Troubledoers (1946), Yes, We Have No Bonanza (1939), and In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941). Each film is presented with a standard full-screen transfer in the original black-and-white. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Closed captions are accessible.
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Yes, We Have No Bonanza
In this comic short, The Three Stooges play singing waiters in a saloon out West. Their songs are accompanied by three pretty cowgirls who also work in the saloon and are their sweethearts. Unfortunately, the saloon keeper is cruel and he berates the girls, who are forced to work for him because their father is deeply in debt. The Stooges are determined to make enough money to pay off the debt and wed the girls, and decide to go prospecting for gold. What they don't know is that the saloon keeper has robbed a bank and buried the loot. Because of their careless use of dynamite, the boys uncover the spoils and believe they've struck it rich. They return to town to register their claim only to be pursued by the furious saloon keeper. When he gets his hands on the loot and drives off, the Stooges follow on a wooden cigar store horse which Moe has managed to lasso onto the back of the villain's vehicle. They all arrive at the jail (collide with it, actually), where the Stooges get one last surprise for the day. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

In the Sweet Pie and Pie
Hard-working Columbia starlets Mary Ainslee, Dorothy Appleby, and Ethelreda Leopold take center stage in this Three Stooges comedy, one of the year's best two-reelers. They play society girls, who, to get their hands on an inheritance, marry three death row inmates (guess who?). When the boys are pardoned by the governor, the devious debutantes think up any manner of ways to get rid of their irritating new spouses. Soon, the pies are flying. In fact, the pie throwing sequence of this film later wound up in Pest Man Wins (1952), one of the Stooges best later shorts.In the Sweet Pie and Pie marked the final Stooges short of supporting actor Richard Fiske, who joined the Army. Sadly, Fiske was lost in battle in France in 1944. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

The Three Troubledoers
While it was not one of the best latter-day Curly Howard comedies, this Three Stooges short still had enough amusing moments to get by. It opens up with the boys, dusty and worn out, reaching Dead Man's Gulch. The population of the town is rapidly dwindling, as evidenced by the sound of gunfire and ever-shrinking numbers on the population sign. Badlands Blackie and his gang are the culprits -- they've killed six sheriffs in five months (and that doesn't count deputies). Now the blacksmith has been kidnapped and Blackie is threatening to do away with him unless his daughter, Nell (Christine McIntyre), agrees to marry him. The desperate townsfolk make Curly sheriff, and Moe and Larry deputies, and their first task is to help out Nell -- especially since she has promised to wed Curly if he saves her father. The Stooges manage to vanquish the bad guys -- only because Blackie is not any brighter than they are -- and they save Nell's dad. But when the girl informs him that she has promised to marry Curly, the blacksmith replies, "I'd rather be dead!" Curly gives him a stick of dynamite and the Stooges run off. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Pop Goes the Easel
It's the Great Depression and The Three Stooges are having a hard time finding work. And no wonder -- they hold up signs looking for completely inappropriate jobs. Moe is offering to be a social secretary, while Larry's sign insists, "Will do anything. Position as bridge instructor preferred." Finally the three of them decide that showing off their work ethic is a better idea, so they grab brooms and begin sweeping up the sidewalk. Unfortunately the brooms' owner thinks they are thieves, and the boys end up running from a detective. Hiding out in an art studio, they are mistaken for students. When they are presented to Professor Fuller (who Curly mistakes for the Fuller brush man), he tells them to start from the bottom up by painting the floor. As much as the Stooges want to leave, the persistent cop refuses to go away. Eventually, in deviation from the Stooges' standard pie fight, the whole studio explodes into a raucous clay fight. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Idiots Deluxe
The Three Stooges co-star with a bear for much of this short. It begins in a courtroom where Moe is on trial for assaulting Curly and Larry (one wonders why this premise didn't occur earlier to any of the Columbia shorts writers). "I'm a sick man," Moe insists, and he tells his story -- his nerves are shot and he has been on any number of medications and elixirs in an attempt to calm them. Unfortunately, he's living with Larry and Curly, who are "The Original Two-Man Quartet," and their rehearsals are nothing less than jarring. After Moe wraps the slide to the trombone around Curly's neck, they all decide to find peace and quiet by going hunting in the forest. According to Larry, they've found the perfect spot -- there's a sign that says it's "fine for hunting." But their attempts to commune with nature mostly involve just one bear, who eats the food off their table when Moe's not looking, and then scares the bejeezus out of all of them. When they jump in their car to escape the beast, it's in the back seat. Everyone bails from the car, except the bear, who takes about 50 yards to wreck it. Back in the courtroom, Moe has finished this sorry tale and the sympathetic judge lets him off. Moe is given back "Exhibit A" -- his ax -- and he chases Larry and Curly out of the courtroom with it. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Moe Howard
    Moe Howard - Moe
  • Larry Fine
    Larry Fine - Larry
  • Curly Howard
    Curly Howard - Curly
  • Dick Curtis
    Dick Curtis
  • Vernon Dent
    Vernon Dent

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