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The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 5: 1946-1948
The Three Stooges Collection Vol 5 1946-1948
Actors: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
NR     2009     7hr 12min

This fifth collection of The Three Stooges, which features 25 digitally remastered shorts from 1946-1948, marks the end of Curly's career with the Stooges and the return of original Stooge Shemp. Curly suffered a stroke on...  more »


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Actors: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 03/17/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 7hr 12min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Curly's Final 10 Shorts & Shemp's First 14
Joshua Downham | Muncie, IN United States | 01/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Finally a release date!! The 3 Stooges Collection 5: 1946-1948 will include the following 24 shorts, a few of which were later remade in the 1950s:

Beer Barrel Polecats (Curly's declining health forced the studio to use extensive stock footage from 'So Long, Mr. Chumps,' & 'In the Sweet Pie & Pie.'Below average.)
A Bird In The Head (This one still works despite Curly's ill health. Along with '3 Little Pirates,' 'A Bird In The Head' is another favorite Curly two-reeler from '46. Watch for the scene in which Curly finally gets to hit Moe back. Also, there is a rarely shown scene where the gorilla and Curly drink alcohol, which was censored out of the AMC broadcast airings. Curly's ears shoot out steam!).
Uncivil Warbirds (Sort of a follow-up to Uncivil Warriors, only not as funny. The last stooge short to feature another opening theme besides '3 Blind Mice.')
3 Troubledoers (Curly's last western, not as great as the previous ones but still okay)
Monkey Businessmen
3 Loan Wolves
G.I. Wanna Home
Rhythm & Weep (Curly is in a sad state in this, one of The 3 Stooges worst shorts.)
3 Little Pirates (Easily the best of Curly's last 10 two-reelers. He seems like his old self.)

Half-Wits Holiday(Sadly, Curly's last. Stooge foil Emil Sitka's first. A remake of 'Hoi Polloi' with a pie fight instead of a slap fight at the end. Curly is absent in the last 5 minutes or so of the film, having suffered a major stroke while sitting off camera waiting for his next scene).
Fright Night (The return of the original 3rd stooge, Shemp Howard. Remade as 'Fling in the Ring.')
Out West (Features a jail cell escape gag that was later reused in 'The 3 Stooges Meet Hercules.')
Hold That Lion!(The only Shemp film to feature a cameo by Curly-with a full head of hair. Filing cabinet scene was later reused in 'Tricky Dicks.' Shemp was so afraid of the lion that a glass plate had to be placed between the lion and the stooges in certain shots).
Brideless Groom (one of my favorites and later remade as 'Husbands Beware' in 1955 with a funny twist at the end)
Sing a Song of 6 Pants
All Gummed Up (another favorite and I like the remake 'Bubble Trouble')

I'm A Monkey's Uncle (remade as 'Stone Age Romeos')
Shivering Sherlocks
Pardon My Clutch
Squareheads of the Round Table
Fiddler's Three
Hot Scots
Heavenly Daze (Yet another classic that was later remade in 1955.'Bedlam In Paradise' is one of the few remakes that was actually funnier than the original.)
Mummy's Dummies
A Crime on Their Hands
Mike Fontanelli | Sherman Oaks, California USA | 02/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There was only one Curly, of course - but the vastly underrated Shemp Howard was surely the next best thing, and a class act all the way. Not many fans know that Shemp took a 50% salary cut from his successful solo career to help out his kid brother, Moe. He'd been earning twice as much for years as a busy freelance character actor, in memorable cameo bits supporting W.C. Fields, Abbott & Costello, Olsen & Johnson - and just about everyone else in Hollywood. (And, frankly, having a much easier go of it. Unfortunately for posterity, the 52 year-old Shemp was already past his prime as a knockabout comic by the time he gamely returned to the team in 1947.)

But game he was, luckily for us. Shemp was blessed with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime face that was a gift from the comedy gods. Displaying the seasoned comic instincts of a veteran clown, Shemp came equipped with a wonderful natural delivery, perfect ensemble timing, and a hilarious arsenal of quirky sounds, twitches and classic pratfalls. Out of altruism and family loyalty, he made the devil's choice - and three generations of comedy fans can be grateful for a noble and selfless gesture.

More Shemp facts: Shemp had virtually created the Stooges' trademark style of comedy with Ted Healy in vaudeville, before Moe, Larry Fine or Curly ever even joined the act. Simply put (for the benefit of some uninformed reviewers), without the vitally important Shemp there never would have been any Three Stooges in the first place - which makes undermining his legacy all the more pointless and absurd. He was also an uncredited gag writer on some early Curly shorts, such as "Pardon My Scotch," and in 1944 he took over for an ailing Curly during the Stooges' many live performance appearances.

Ah, but was he FUNNY? Well, the proof is in the pudding, (or custard pie, as the case may be.) Even his HAIR was funny - and who else could get his head "ironed" in an industrial pants press in quite the same way? Sixty years later, and the world is still laughing.

"Heeb-eep-eep-eep-eep!" Shemp fever....CATCH IT!"
A beginning and an end
MoeHailstone | NY State, USA | 01/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While this collection of shorts fails to measure up to the ones that preceded them, this is an important point in the career of The Three Stooges.

The shorts on this volume represent the height of Curly's sad demise - by 1946, he was very ill and ultimately never returned to the act on a full-time basis after suffering a stroke during the filming of Half Wits Holiday. These final Curly shorts are among the worst of his Stooge years but for very understandable reasons. He had a brief cameo in 1947's Hold That Lion, which is featured on this set.

When Curly couldn't continue as a member of the team, Shemp returned and would stay with them until his own death in 1955. Shemp is criminally underrated by the average fan. He wasn't Curly, but Shemp was a very gifted comic in his own right. Curly and Shemp were two very different comics but both excelled at their type of comedy. Give Shemp a shot."
Shemp; The return of the original third stooge
Stooge Lover | Texas, USA | 01/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most people don't realize that Shemp Howard (Moe's older brother)was the "first" third stooge with Moe & Larry. He quit to strike out on his own right before the Stooges started making their famous short films.

Moe then got his younger brother Jerome to join them. He shaved his head and called himself Curly. He spoke in a high falsetto voice because his normal voice sounded too much like Moe.

Curly frequently forgot his lines and that's where his famous "woo woo woo" came from. He would blurt that out when he forgot his lines and then ad lib it!

While not as funny as Shemp's "ee bee bee bee", it still made him famous.

After Curly's demise, Moe called up Shemp and he returned. His style of humor was legendary. He had done some work with Abbott and Costello. He was so much funnier than them that Costello saw to it that most of Shemp's work ended up on the cutting room floor.

Curly did a nice job filling in for Shemp but it was great when the original finally returned and left us with so many gems!"