Digital mayhem ensues in this spooktacular selection of the trio's six funniest fear fests: Spook Louder (1943): Traveling salesman, The Three Stooges, meet their toughest customers when an inventor hires them to guard h... more »is spooky home while he is away. Things get really grim when three spies disguised as monsters show up. Mummy's Dummies (1948): The Smiling Egyptians is a used-chariot lot run by the Stooges in ancient Egypt. Business is booming until they make the mistake of selling a lemon to the chief of the palace guard, which lands them in hot water with the king. Shivering Sherlocks (1947): When an armored car robber strikes, the Stooges are rounded up for interrogation. A cafe owner vouches for them and they are freed, but it isn't long before they come face to face with the bloodthirsty robber and his hatchet man. The Ghost Talks (1949): The Stooges have a job to do, but it isn't going to be easy. Their job is to remove a suit of armor from the Smorgasbord Castle. The problem: the armor doesn't want to leave until the ghost of Lady Godiva returns for their rendezvous! Hokus Pokus (1949): A beautiful con artist uses Moe, Larry and Shemp as character references in her scheme to defraud an insurance company. But when a famed hypnotist casts a spell on the Stooges, no one can insure what happens next. Fright Night (1947): In Shemp's first short as a member of the Stooges, the three are trainers at Muscle Manor, a macho gym for boxers. When a gangster threatens them, they use cream puffs -- including a live one! -- to soften their champ up for losing.« less
"Spook Louder is an OK DVD. One thing I don't like about it is that there are too many Shemp episodes. If they were going to release a Shemp DVD, Columbia should have released better episodes like "Crime On Their Hands", "Who Done It?", and "Tricky Dicks". Those are hilarious Shemp episodes. The only good Shemp episodes on this DVD are "Shivering Sherlocks" and "Mummy's Dummies". The other three are good, but there are better Shemp episodes out there. "Spook Louder" is a great Curly episode. Of course, I'm a Curly fan. But I also like Shemp. I am just very picky with Shemp episodes. I like every Curly episode except "Restless Knights". Overall, this is a pretty good DVD. There are just three episodes that are a little on the weak side. So, if you're a big stooge fan who likes Shemp, then this DVD is right for you."
Shemp on DVD, and it's about time!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Shemp Howard proudly makes his DVD premiere with The Three Stooges with three of his best comedies: "Fright Night" (Shemp's 1st Three Stooges comedy), "Mummy's Dummies" and "Shivering Sherlocks." These three shorts alone are worth the purchase price!!! As a bonus, we're treated to two other Shemp favorites: "Hokus Pokus" and "The Ghost Talks." The title short, "Spook Louder", features Curly Howard as a member of the comedy team. Unfortunately, "Spook Louder" is not among the Stooge' best work, although it does have a few funny moments and costars Charles Middleton (Flash Gordon's Ming the Merciless)."
Only one Curly short included
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although the cover of the Spook Louder DVD shows Curly, it is in fact the only episode with Curly in it, the rest are all with Shemp. This DVD only contains six shorts whereas the last Columbia Stooge DVD, All the World's a Stooge, had seven. While this is still a must have for Stooge fans, people that don't like Shemp might want to pass on this one. The shorts on this are: Spook Louder, Mummy's Dummies, Shivering Sherlocks, The Ghost Talks, Hokus Pokus, and Fright Night"
More classic slapstick from the Stooges
andy8047 | Nokomis,Florida | 06/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In SPOOK LOUDER,the Stooges are hired by an inventor to sublive in his home while he takes a business trip to Washington. But they're met by three burglars in Halloween costumes. FRIGHT NIGHT(don't let the title befuddle you) is where the Stooges(Shemp's first,replacing his ill,popular brother Curly) are fight managers and are ordered by mobsters to make sure that their boxer friend,Gorilla Watson wins a fight against Chopper Kane. In SHIVERING SHERLOCKS,the Stooges inspect an estate mansion that their friend Gladys Harmon(Christine McIntyre) is selling. In MUMMY'S DUMMIES,set in Egypt,the Stooges swindle the Chief of the Palace Guards by selling him a broken down used chariot(it fell apart upon his leaving the dealership). In THE GHOST TALKS,the Stooges as movers,remove the contents of a haunted mansion but have a hard time with a live knight in shining armor. The knight leaves with his love,Lady Godiva on horseback. In HOCUS POCUS,the Stooges help their friend Mary who pretends to be a wheelchair-bound invalid in order to collect money from an insurance company. FN,TGT,HP and SS were later remade respectively as FLING IN THE RING,CREEPS,FLAGPOLE JITTERS and OF CASH AND HASH. Great moral support from Christine McIntyre,Vernon Dent,Mary Ainslee,Symona Boniface,Stanley Blystone,Phil Arnold and Kenneth MacDonald."
A varied selection
Anyechka | Rensselaer, NY United States | 07/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 6 shorts presented here vary in quality, though I wouldn't classify any of them as horrible or significantly below-par. None of them are what I would consider bona-fide classics, but there are some great shorts here. The shorts included are:
'Spook Louder' (1943), the title film. I agree this is kind of a mediocre effort and that it doesn't really have a great plot or a lot of resolution at the end, but it is really fun, with a lot of great scenes, like the ones with the boys working as door-to-door salesmen, the hall with all of the clocks in the haunted mansion, and the kitten on the piano. Overall it does have a nonsensical and inconsistent plot, but sometimes you just want to laugh instead of worrying about how smooth the plot is or whether the ending had any resolution.
'Mummies' Dummies' (or 'Mummy's Dummies,' as it's labelled on this disc) (1948) is one of the so-called "Missing 60," shorts which were unavailable and unbroadcast for quite a long time. This is a really good short, featuring the boys as crooked used chariot salesmen in ancient Egypt. They sell a lemon to a man who turns out to be the Chief of the Palace Guards and are duly brought before King Rootentooten, though they escape death and are made chamberlains when they cure the king's horrible toothache. After this they find out about a plot to cheat the king and a number of other people out of their tax money, and when they foil the bad guys, the king rewards them again, this time saying one of them can marry his daughter. Although it doesn't really fit with the theme of this disc, since it's not really a fright film!
'Shivering Sherlocks' (1948) is another of the best shorts on here. The boys are suspected of being behind a robbery, but they pass the polygraph test at the police station and are free to go. They go to a restaurant owned by their friend Gladys (Christine McIntyre), which they lied to the cops about working at. They eventually end up going with Gladys to a spooky old house she just inherited to make sure she won't be getting cheated, and this house of course turns out to be the place where the real crooks are hiding out, along with a creepy-looking creature named Angel. However, I'm told that the remake, 'Of Cash and Hash' (1955), is actually better, because it explains a lot of the loose ends in this one. Here, for example, there are a lot of plot holes: Why were the boys hiding in a garbage can at the beginning? Why were they able to identify Lefty Loomis? How did Gladys manage to get untied? Why did the cops arrive at the house just as the bad guys were getting knocked out and captured? It's also a bit embarrassing to watch Moe trying to recreate the scene Curly has with the oyster soup in 'Dutiful But Dumb' (1941). Those mannerisms and physical reactions just didn't fit his own comedic personality.
'The Ghost Talks' (1949) is a sub-par effort, partly because it has something that shouldn't talk (a suit of armor) talking. There are some funny scenes, but overall it's not a very inspired short. The boys are deliverymen who come to an old house on a very stormy night, trying to pick up some furniture that has to be moved, but don't get very far because of the hokey talking suit of armor, who says he is the spirit of Peeping Tom, the man who accidentally caught a glimpse of Lady Godiva on her famous ride a thousand years ago. Tom says he's not going anywhere, even though he's one of the things that has to be transported. He says that Lady Godiva is going to come back for him that night. (On a side note, the voice of Tom is done by Phil Arnold, though many people think it was Curly, since the suit of armor's voice sounds a lot like his real-life normal speaking voice.)
'Hokus Pokus' (1949) has the boys taking care of Mary, a woman who lives upstairs. Little do they know that Mary is only using them so that she'll get a check for $25,000 from the insurance company and that she isn't really unable to walk. While they're at work, they paste up a poster advertising a hypnotist, Svengarlic, who is coming to the area. They think he might be able to hypnotise Mary to walk, but he ends up using them as his subjects. They eventually end up on a flagpole many stories above the ground, and are broken out of their spell when a man on a bicycle accidentally runs into Svengarlic. They crash through a window just as Mary is receiving her check, blowing her story about being unable to walk. Perhaps not one of their very best, but it is pretty good, and it's special to me because it was the first Shemp short I ever saw.
'Fright Night' (released in 1947, though actually made in 1946) has perhaps been overrated a bit because it was Shemp's first short after he rejoined the team. I think it's good, but not one of their greatest. It's probably due to the fact that he needed some time to perfect his character (though one can see how naturally he fit back in after so many years away, like riding a bike), and they all needed a bit of time to adjust to the change in their lineup, develop a new dynamic between the three of them. This was also done when everyone thought this would just be a temporary filling-in until Curly got better, and one can only imagine how the other two must have been missing him and wanting him to be there with them. (This film had originally been written for him.) And one can only imagine how audiences must have felt during its original theatrical run, wondering what was going on, since Curly's health problems were not made public and, to the best of my knowledge, there was never any official announcement about the change in lineup. I personally don't find it as great or impressive as other fans do, but it's certainly far from a weak or bad short. Although this short also doesn't really fit in with the spooky theme of the disc, apart from the title!
All in all, these are enjoyable shorts, even if not all of them are 5-star material or among their classics. It's a nice collection to have, even in spite of the varied quality."