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The Three Stooges: Curly Classics
The Three Stooges Curly Classics
Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Granger, Billy Bletcher
Directors: Archie Gottler, Del Lord, Edward Bernds, Lou Breslow, Ray McCarey
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     1999     1hr 48min

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 »

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Actors: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Granger, Billy Bletcher
Directors: Archie Gottler, Del Lord, Edward Bernds, Lou Breslow, Ray McCarey
Creators: Curly Howard, Edward Bernds, Elwood Ullman
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Classic Comedies, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Family Films, Television, Musicals
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 02/02/1999
Original Release Date: 05/05/1934
Theatrical Release Date: 05/05/1934
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Movie Reviews

Great DVD, only one weak short.
Kyle Cruse | Escondido, CA USA | 12/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
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."