The Three Stooges: Stop! Look! and Laugh! [DVD]

This Three Stooges compilation includes ten years worth of Larry (Larry Fine), Curly (Curly Howard), and Moe's (Moe Howard) special brand of slapstick comedy. Footage includes segments from How High Is Up, which finds the stooges in a bid of high-rise welding mayhem, Sock-a-Bye Baby, Calling All Curs, Higher Than a Kite, What's the Matador, A Plumbing We Will Go, Goofs and Saddles, Half-Wits Holiday, and Micro-Phonies. Sadly, some of the later episodes -- namely Half-Wits Holiday -- reflect the absence of Curly Howard after his debilitating stroke in the late 40's. Other stars featured include Vernon Dent, Christine McIntyre, June Foray, Robert Williams, Paul Winchell, and Frank Lackteen.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered in audio & video
  • Remastered in high definition
  • feature presented in Widescreen, short presented in Full Screen
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Scene selections
  • Interactive menus
  • Closed Captioned


Stop! Look! And Laugh!
Enjoying a career renaissance in 1959 when their old Columbia two-reelers were released to television, The Three Stooges capitalized on their comeback with an enjoyable low-budget feature film, Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959). Response to this modest mirthmaker was so positive that Columbia decided to rush a second Stooges feature into production-without rehiring the Stooges! Stop! Look! And Laugh! is a pastiche of scenes lifted from the best Stooges shorts of the 1930s and 1940s, all featuring the immortal Curly Howard as the third Stooge. To provide a semblance of continuity, ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smif carry the film's "plot", which consists of Winchell attempting to get through the day despite constant interference by the Stooges. Also featured in two irrelevant sequences are the Marquis Chimps, who went on to star in their own TV series for Columbia's Screen Gems division, The Hathaways (1961). Veteran Stooge director Jules White produced, directed and cowrote the new footage. Among the vintage Three Stooges comedies represented via stock footage are Men in Black (1934), Goofs and Saddles (1937), Violent is the Word for Curly (1938), Calling All Curs (1939), Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939), A-Plumbing We Will Go (1940), How High Is Up? (1940), Sock-a-Bye Baby (1942), Higher Than a Kite (1943), Micro Phonies (1945) and Half-Wits Holiday (1947). Stop! Look! And Laugh! was coproduced by the Three Stooges' agent Harry Romm, who quickly became their ex-agent when Moe Howard sued for unauthorized reproduction of the Stooges' likenesses. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Bird in the Head
This is the first Three Stooges short that Edward Bernds directed. However, Curly Howard had begun suffering the series of strokes that would eventually sideline him, and he wasn't up to speed here. To save Bernds' job, producer Hugh McCollum held the film back until the director and the boys made the far superior Micro-Phonies. That's not to say that this wasn't a fun short; it certainly has its entertaining moments. The Stooges are paperhangers, or at least they say they are. "You won't recognize the joint when you get back," Moe Howard assures his boss. That's for sure -- when the boys are done, the room looks like it was haphazardly papered with napkins. The boss is furious and to escape him the boys dash into the laboratory of the mad Professor Panzer (Vernon Dent). Panzer wants to put a human brain into a gorilla's head, but he hasn't been able to find a brain small enough...until he meets Curly. He entices the boys to stay in his home, but they discover what he plans to do. They also discover the gorilla. Curly finds a kindred soul in the ape and soon they're destroying Panzer's lab. Panzer tries to stop them with a machine gun, which the gorilla snatches away and begins firing. After the professor is knocked cold, the boys beat a hasty retreat -- and Curly makes sure that the gorilla comes along. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Paul Winchell
    Paul Winchell
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