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|The Three Stooges - The Outlaws Is Coming|
Actors: Larry Fine, Joe Derita, Moe Howard, Adam West, Nancy Kovack
Directors: Del Lord, Norman Maurer
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Get the long and the short of the Three Stooges in this exciting Old West double feature, which contains one feature-length film from the '60s along with a classic short film from the '30s. The Outlaws is Coming (1965), ... more »
Baby Boomer delight!
William B. Seguine | Flanders, NJ USA | 12/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Did you grow up watching the Three Stooges with Sally Starr? Or Officer Joe Bolton? Were you there for Batmania with Adam West? How about Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In? If the answer is "yes," THE OUTLAWS IS COMING! (1965) is for you.The Stooges' Curly-Joe era gets a bad rap, but I think it's unfair, as demonstrated by this fun & funny western starrring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Adam West (BATMAN), Nancy Kovack, Henry Gibson (LAUGH-IN), Emil Sitka, Don Lamond (Larry's son-in-law), Mort Mills... and a group of children's show hosts from around the US, the same ones we grew up with, as the OUTLAWS! Despite their ages, the Stooges hilariously generate an ample amount of slapstick, director Norm Maurer (Moe's son-in-law) directs in a casual yet narrative style, and veteran Stooge screenwriter Ellwood Ullman delivers clever & topical gags. Henry Gibson spoofs the '60s as a hippie native American. And, one year before he [climbed] to stardom as the Caped Crusader BATMAN, Adam West costars as the film's hero. For adults, it's a nostalgic trip back. For kids, it's a fun comedy. For everyone, it's Stooge entertainment!As a bonus, Columbia throws in the funny western spoof GOOFS AND SADDLES (1937) starring the original Curly, Curly Howard."
"Not Bad for the Old Guys"
Steven K. Szmutko | EWING, NJ USA | 07/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, this movie doesn't compare with the classic Three Stooges shorts, but it has its moments and provides a few laughs along the way. Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe, getting up in years, perform some of the classic chestnuts and a few new routines with reasonable craftsmanship besides a decent supporting cast led by Adam West, Nancy Kovak, frequent stooge co-star, and a bevy of 1950's and 1960's local television hosts. New York and Philadelphia audiences will fondly remember Officer Joe Bolton and Sally Starr respectively who hosted the afternoon Stoogefests on the local TV stations. Emil Sitka, a stooge regular, provides laughs as he takes on multiple roles. Adam West shows a bit of the wry humor that would win him fame as television's "Batman" or more recently as the Mayor of Quahog on Family Guy.
This was the last feature film for the Stooges and they show their age. Many stooge purists will dismiss the film as sub-par - and by objective standards, it ranks well below their best work. The key here is to appreciate the film for what it is: a pleasant 90-some minutes of light entertainment that is just better than some more contemporary films that are repeated endlessly on broadcast or cable channels.
The Old West will never be the same...
Randy E. Halford | Boise, ID | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This one has been a personal favorite of mine ever since I was a kid. "The Outlaws Is Coming" was the Stooges' final starring movie, and its humor anticipates the western satire that was yet to come with later films such as "Blazing Saddles".
Like another Stooge movie classic, "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules", the script doesn't take itself too seriously, not only firing jokes at Westerns, but at musical phenomenoms as well (the Stooges' pet skunk is named "Elvis"; a mop-topped Chinaman with a guitar sings "Three Blind Mice"; and one of the outlaws is named Johnny "Ringo", complete with screaming women right out of Beatlemania!).
Here, we get a pre-Batman Adam West filling the shoes of the typically timid Easterner who can barely hold a gun, much less shoot one. Nancy Kovack provides a counter-contrast to West's character as sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Stooge veteran Emil Sitka is on hand as well, along with a pre-Laugh-In Henry Gibson, who nearly steals the show as the Indian Chief's hip-jive talking son.
My favorite scene in the film is the "big showdown", in which West must face off against a band of legendary gunslingers--who (believe it or not) are made fools of because the Stooges poured super-strong printing glue into their holsters! These "fearless men" struggle ridiculously in the city street as they try to extricate their guns from their hips, with hilarious effect. It's definitely fun to watch, and one of the film's highlights.
As with other Stooge films, this one succeeds as well because it's all done with a satirical wink while giving Moe, Larry & Curly Joe room to do their stuff.
Not a bad film for one of the great comedy acts to ride off into the sunset on!"
The West's Toughest Outlaws vs. The World's Zaniest Nuts
Joshua Downham | Muncie, IN United States | 09/27/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Outlaws Is Coming is a definite improvement over The Three Stooges Go Around the World In A Daze (1963). Director Norman Maurer finally found his knack in this outrageous, fun-filled adventure as the Stooges confront every western outlaw that you can think of. It is also the team's final feature film and one of their funniest. Don't be fooled by their advanced ages(Moe was 67, Larry 62, and Joe 54). The trio could still pack in alot of funny bits and gags. After thirty years of entertaining audiences, the magic was still there. Screenwriter Elwood Ullman, writer of such classic Shemp shorts as Shivering Sherlocks(1948) and Listen, Judge(1952) wrote the script for this hilarious bonanza."