Quinn Redeker ('Schuyler') was nominated for an Academy Award in 1979 for the original story of THE DEER HUNTER.
Samson Burke's ('Hercules') career includes several years in Hawaii as Tom Selleck's stand-in and stunt double on MAGNUM P.I.
Samson Burke was a guest of the 2002 Three Stooges Fan Club Meeting in Bensalem PA; see The Three Stooges Journal # 102 (Summer 2002). Quinn Redeker and Samson Burke were guests of honor at the 2009 Fan Club Meeting in Ft. Washington PA, and The Stoogeum; see The Three Stooges Journal # 130 (Summer 2009) for story and photos.
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Had a slight change of heart about this one--now I would put it up there with "Around the World In A Daze" and "Orbit" as the one of the boys best from the 60s. Still not great, but in the "Curly-Joe" era, good is the best you can get.
Starts off pretty good--gets really good when the stooges try & break Ulysees out of jail; anytime the stooges and tools are involved, it's usually a good thing.
The laughs die down a bit after the boys get shipwrecked--as the film focuses more on story--but overall, an entertaining way to kill about 89 minutes.
Curly-Joe Derita may have been a more natural and comfortable fit with Moe and Larry than Joe Besser was, but Besser was a heck of a lot more interesting to watch. What's really sad is that Derita clearly had potential to be funny, with that face and voice of his, but he just didn't seem to try very hard most of the time. Here, as in other places, he seems to be just phoning it in.
As for the actual movie -- well, it's a 1960s Stooges feature; that just about says it all. The worst part to me is the obtrusive cartoon music soundtrack, especially near the beginning. The funniest part is right at the end, when Dimsel comes back from his own little unchronicled adventure!
Awful! Capitalizing on resurgent Stooges is one thing, but this was little more than a weak hodge-podge of Homer's Odyssey & the Twelve Labors of Hercules, jammed into 89 minutes. The subtext of the Stooges becoming instant gods, if planned, was clever, to cement their image as comedy gods. If not planned, it was a brilliant stroke of luck.
The Stooges were subdued throughout, & that's a shame, except for a bright spark - a little more life in the nearly comatose Joe DeRita when he became the whip master on the galley. Also, oddly, could Samson Burke have been made to appear any weaker as Hercules – the greatest of Greek heroes – than in this feature?
Emil Sitka deserved better. Perhaps it was a conflicting contract issue, or favors paid to others, but
Mythology isn't always easy to follow. But, in my opinion, research & production values were shoddy - almost as if the thought was audiences would be too stupid to notice errors. At 900 BC, they appeared to land 300 years too late to hang around with Hercules. Although neither the City, nor Battle, of Troy were mentioned (except shown on a map), this feature seemed disjointed from the time, people, & events, it sought to portray, even considering mythology is a little nebulous. That made it tough to follow. Also, see the 'Goofs'.
The battle sequence as the time machine lands is lame. A few of the extras put some effort into what they were doing, but not many. Even extras in other segments looked lethargic. Weak dialog was painful to hear. Sony's Internet outlet, Crackle, also contributes to the mess. They compare this feature as 'The Three Stooges Meet Back to the Future'. Huh?
This feature may've turned a profit, & may've been liked by some Stooge fans, but it was as badly overrated as it was a poor representation of Elwood Ullman's writing skills. The narrator, arguably, turned in the best performance. Thankfully, this wasn't intended as a historical documentary. Even if it had been, it wasn't worthy of the Stooges.
A more tolerable DeRita feature. There are some funny moments and a pretty girl to look at and that makes up for it's obvious shortcomings. Still tolerable.
3 out of 4 from me.
Yet another example of how lame the Stooges became after Shemp bit the dust. "Hercules" continues the tradition of Derita features having no redeeming values. Every time that scenery-regurgitating blob is on the screen his stomach appears to have expanded even further. As for Moe and Larry (the redeeming value for many Stooge fans when watching the Derita features or Besser shorts) they come off as a couple of tired old comedians going through the paces for the payday. In fact, that is what they are! I'm still on the hunt for a good Derita feature, but I'm not overly optimistic.
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