Fun with The Three Stooges in six zany episodes: A Plumbing We Will Go(1940): Three would-be plumbers mistake pipes filled with wires for water pipes. Dudley Dickerson's battle in the kitchen is a highlight. Men In Blac... more »k(1934): Medical malpractice is an understatement when describing what the Stooges do to the Los Arms Hospital, where they dispense unorthodox advice, flirt with the nurses and battle a babbling intercom system. With: Dell Henderson, Jeannie Roberts and Billy Gilbert. Micro-phonies (1945): When Curly is mistaken for an opera diva, the Stooges find their calling on the stage as Senorita Cucaracha (Curly) and Senors Mucho and Gusto (Larry and Moe). With: Christine McIntyre, Symona Boniface and Gino Corrado. Punch Drunks(1934): Larry's rendition of Pop Goes The Weasel transforms Curly from a harmless cream puff into a vicious contender, but when Larry's violin breaks, it threatens Curly's boxing career with a TKO. With: Dorothy Granger and Al Hill. Three Little Pigskins (1934): When the Stooges are mistaken for star football players, they not only find themselves running for goals but running for their lives when they get mixed up with the gorgeous girlfriends of a group of mobsters. With: Lucille Ball, Gertie Green and Phyllis Crane. Woman Haters(1934): When Larry breaks his oath to the Woman Haters Club by marrying, he is treated like a traitor by his fellow members. But getting out of the marriage may be even more harmful than anything his friends could ever do to him. The Stooges' first short was done entirely in rhyme. With: Marjorie White.« less
"A-PLUMBING WE WILL GO (1940) is my favorite Curly short. It's got hilarious scenes and tons of fun. Curly's maze of pipes is great, even though Shemp does it better in VAGABOND LOAFERS (1949). A+WOMAN HATERS (1934) is the only short on the tape that is bad. Spoken in rhyme. This is the first short, and one of the worst. D-PUNCH DRUNKS (1934) is okay. There's some funny scenes. At least it's better than WOMAN HATERS (1934). C-MEN IN BLACK (1934) is great. This was the only short to even be nominated for an Academy Award. There are great gags. "Did you ever see and apple with the skin on the INSIDE?" This deserves to be nominated for an award. It should've won. A-THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934) is funny, co-starring Lucille Ball. The Stooges and Lucy. Who wants more? A-This also includes MICRO-PHONIES, one of Curly's best."
Very good picture quality. It is great to see them on DVD.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The picture quality of the disc is very good considering the fact that the material is so old. The selections could have been better, because there are some better shorts with Curly that I have enjoyed more. I have waited for Columbia to release the stooges on DVD. Beware of other no-name companies that are releasing the Stooges on DVD, because the quality will not be as good. I did not like the fact that after every short on the DVD, the disc goes back to the menu. I hope on future releases that the disc just plays through all the shorts continuosly without stopping."
GREAT COLLECTION OF CURLY SHORTS
Tim Janson | Michigan | 12/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Any Curly short pre-1944 or so is great but the best are these early shorts where the boys are still young enough to pull off some great violence and sight gags.
"The Woman haters" is their first Columbia short and Curly is actually referred to as jackie. The episode is done 100% in rhyme or song which turns a lout of people off but I think is fabulous. The Boys become Members of the Woman Hater's Club but Larry secretly marries a girl and the boys go wild on a train. Then ending with the boys singing togehter and smacking in rhyme is classic.
"Three Little Pigskins" the boys are mistaken for 3 football heroes by gangsters and then have to actually play a game to disastrous results. Co-stars a young Lucille Ball.
"Punch Drunks" is the first in what would be a long running theme in Stooges plots...Curly going nuts when he hears, sees, or smells something. In this case he goes nuts when he hears "pop goes the WEasel". Moe makes a boxer out of him and takes him to the title. A Classic!
"Men In Black" Parody of "Men in White" a popular drama of the day. This short was nominated, but did not win, an Academy award. The boys are three dimwit doctor who go on a rampage in a hospital. Contains some of the greatest lines and sight gags of any Stooges short. "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!"
"A Plumbing We Will Go" The stooges pose as plumbers and are hired to fix a leak in a fancy mansion. They wind up crossing the electrical system with the plumbing and generally ruin the place. To escape the wrath of the homeowners the stooges escape through a magicians trap door.
"Micro-phonies" A later Curly short. Curly is mistaken for "Senorita Cucaracha" a singer who Curly mimicked. The boys show up in their disguises to "sing" at a Mrs. Bixby's party but run into trouble when Moe smashes the record Curly Lip-syncs to over Curly's head. The real singer tries to help by singing from behind a curtain while Curly mimics, but she is discovered and the stooges exit to a hail of phonograph records.
All in all one of the best Curly Collections
An interesting selection
Anyechka | Rensselaer, NY United States | 03/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Since the plots of these shorts have already been described by a number of other reviewers, I'll just give my opinions on them and on the DVD overall.
'Woman Haters' is one of those shorts that most fans either love or hate. I didn't care for it that much the first time I saw it, but I do agree that it does get a little better with repeated viewings. It probably would have been a better film if the entire thing hadn't been spoken in rhyme; that device gets old and tired after about a minute. Although I'm confused as to why it was seen fit to be included here. It's not really a Curly classic because Larry is the one who gets the most lines and the leading role!
'Punch Drunks' is a big step up and should have been the first short they released at Columbia. Though it's one of their very early ones, it has a great plot and lots of great comedy. Until about sometime in 1935, they didn't really have their formula down pat yet, but this is one of the early ones that shines and deserves to be called a classic.
I actually think 'Men in Black' is somewhat overrated. It's a really odd short, and there are moments of humor, but nothing I found really that hilarious. I fail to see why this would get an Oscar nomination and is considered by many people to be one of their best. The problem might be that the comedy style is all over the map, like they weren't yet sure what type of humor they wanted to do--verbal, physical, or just plain absurd humor. If this weren't one of their very first shorts, it probably wouldn't have such an important reputation. Although that doesn't mean I think it's one of their worst shorts (far from it).
'Three Little Pigskins,' their fourth short, is another of their very early classics, though taken in comparison to all of their other work, I wouldn't necessarily consider it one of their all-time classics. There's a good solid plot and lots of good humor, and I liked seeing the great character actor Walter Long and how the opening scene reflected the time period of the Great Depression. I also noticed that the middle section of this short borrows from the earlier 1928 Laurel and Hardy short 'We Faw Down.' Once again we see a lovely young lady's hat being blown off of her head and underneath a car, and when our hapless heroes go to retrieve it, they get soaked by a passing street sweeper and are invited back to the home of the woman and her friends. While they're waiting around for their clothes to dry and are wearing clothes given to them by the women, and flirting with them, the ladies' mobster boyfriends show up. The ending is kind of in media res, but everything that came before was so good it doesn't matter that much.
'Micro-Phonies' and 'A-Plumbing We Will Go' are bona fide classics and really deserve their place on this collection. They both have strong plots and lots of great slapstick. They were made at a point in their career when they had long developed their screen personalities and had been at their creative peak for some time.
Overall, this is a pretty good collection, but as aforementioned, I am curious as to why their first four shorts were included as Curly classics. At this point, he hadn't really perfected his screen persona yet (such as in how you can hear him talking in a voice closer to his real off-camera voice instead of the high-pitched baby-like voice he later developed), and you can also tell the other two hadn't gotten their own screen characters down pat either. It seems like it would have made more sense to have included shorts from a wider time range instead of having their first four shorts (all from 1934) and then having the other two be from 1940 and 1945. It's a little curious as to why some of these shorts were included on here, but generally speaking, it is a collection I would recommend getting."
Classic Curly is as good as it gets with the Three Stooges
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 05/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Three Stooges: Curly Classics" includes not only the first four shorts the Stooges made with Columbia in 1934 and then skips ahead to the classic "A Plumbing We Will Go" from 1940 and "Micro-Phonies" from 1945 and Consequently, from both a historical and a comedy standpoint, this is one of the better videos of the Stooges out there:
"A Plumbing We Will Go" (#46) is a classic short the Stooges did at Columbia. The cops are chasing Curly, who was fishing illegally (in a pet store tank), and eventually the boys end up stealing a plumber's truck. This gets to the classic gags of the boys trying to plug up leaks in an expensive home. This is the one where Curly is trying to stop a leak in the bathroom by connecting pipe lengths together, not stopping until he has completely encased himself in pipes. Once again the Three Stooges show that their best bits are actually the ones with a minimum amount of slapping and conking heads, but as they wreck havoc trying to make things right.
"Men in Black" (#3) is the only short for which they were ever nominated for an Oscar. The boys are doctors at the Los Arms Hospital and every time they are paged over the intercom ("Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard") they find a different mode of transportation for getting to where they need to be (e.g., horses, go-carts). One of the things that makes this one a standout is that in addition to Moe slapping Larry and Curly around, there are a lot of pretty good one-liners having to do with the (mal)practice of medicine.
"Micro-phonies" (#87) is another classic Three Stooges adventure with the boys as handymen trying to fix a heating pipe at a radio station. The next thing we know Curly, in drag and lip-synching a song, is hired to sing the song at the part of a rich lady. So Senorita Cucaracha, along with Senors Mucho and Gusto (Larry and Moe) arrive to destroy the party. The Stooges take on a tenor and have to be rescued by the lovely Christine McIntyre, who would often appear in these shorts during the late Forties.
"Punch Drunks" (#2) has Moe as a fight manager who needs a fighter. He settles on Curly, who fights as KO Stradivarius, because every time Larry starts playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" on the violin, Curly becomes a fighting machine. Of course, Larry's violin gets destroyed during the fight with Killer Kilduff, and he has to find another way of getting the song played before Curly gets killed. The solution is actually pretty funny and so far this video has three classics in a row.
"Three Little Pigskins" (#4) is the Three Stooges answer to the climax of "Horse Feathers" where the Marx Brothers destroy a football game. Here the gangster Joe Slack needs some ringers to help his team beat a professional team, especially since Joe has a $50,000 bet on the game. So a young and blond Lucille Ball suggests Joe check out the local college where he gets the mistaken idea the Stooges are football players. On the gridiron the boys try their best, but you know how good that is going to end up being and their are some pretty funny football gags before Joe chases them away with his gun.
"Woman Haters" (#1) has the distinction of being their first short with Columbia, but fails to attain classic status. Actress Marjorie White gets top credit and for some reason that passes understanding, all of the dialogue is done in rhyming couplets. The Stooges make a grand entrance with lots of slapping and Curly does say "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" for the first time, but the poetic dialogue wears thin really quick. However, there is no doubt that all those years in vaudeville have well prepared the Stooges for the big time in comedy shorts."