Monday, April 16, 2012
THE THREE STOOGES: REIGNING CHUMPS… ER, CHAMPS OF HORROR-COMEDY!
This weekend a new movie opened with actors portraying characters based on the beloved comedy trio, The Three Stooges. There will be some who venture forth to see it while others will stay away. The film seems particularly targeted at children, and perhaps a positive outcome will be that some of those kids will end up being exposed to and loving the real Stooges’ shorts and features.
Since we’re all about the “classic” here I thought I’d take the opportunity to note that the Stooges hold the distinction of being the classic comedians who participated in the most “horror-comedy” scenarios. Between the innumerable spooky short subjects they made through the years (featuring the core two of Moe Howard and Larry Fine with third Stooges Curly Howard, Shemp Howard and Joe Besser) as well as some feature films (with Curly Joe DeRita as third Stooge) they easily outpaced their closest competitors, Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, the Little Rascals and The Bowery Boys when it came to the number of times they mixed laughs and scares. Add in Shemp’s solo appearances in horror-comedy projects and forays into horror territory on the 3 Stooges cartoon show (with live-action wrap-arounds) starring the DeRita incarnation of the team and the Stooges are the undisputed champs of the genre.
If you’d like to read about the “real” Stooges getting scared silly, just click here for a terrific article that gives a great overview of their horror-comedy films.
You can also access the reviews I’ve previously posted of some Stooges horror-comedy shorts when you click on the titles below:
OUTER SPACE JITTERS
Now enjoy this authorized “minisode” from Crackle, an abridgement of the classic Stooges short, “If a Body Meets a Body,” a semi-remake of “The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case.”