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STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!

A compilation of clips from various Stooges shorts with Moe, Larry and Curly, intermixed with new footage featuring Paul Winchell and his dummies, Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. The clips present classic moments from OILY TO BED, OILY TO RISE (1939), HOW HIGH IS UP? (1940), VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY (1938), SOCK-A-BYE BABY (1942), HIGHER THAN A KITE (1943), WHAT'S THE MATADOR? (1942), GOOFS AND SADDLES (1937), CALLING ALL CURS (1939), MICRO-PHONIES (1945), A PLUMBING WE WILL GO (1940) and HALF WITS HOLIDAY (1947).


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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
July 27, 1960
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Feature Film
Duration
78 min.
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  • Black and Brown Windows
    Winch goes to the windows that have the panes painted black and opens it. The scene cuts to an outside shot, and suddenly the window panes are a gray/beige/tan/brown color, NOT black. The scene cuts back indoors and the window panes are once again black.

  • Black Windows Again
    Winch is helping Knucklehead with his homework and paces over to a nearby window. First, the window panes are also painted black, and second, the window looks into another room of the house, NOT to the outside!

  • Fairy Red Lips
    During the Cinderella sequence, the Fairy Godmother loses her painted red lips when she walks outside to change a pumpkin into a carriage.

  • Instant Clothing Change
    During the first Stooge sequence, Curly abruptly changes clothes after the cop wakes them up from the street and they run to the Apex construction site.

  • Kitchen Electrical
    Winch goes into the kitchen to make some coffee, and appears to plug the coffeemaker into the kitchen table, NOT a wall outlet.

  • Moving Elbows
    The opening scene has Jerry and "Winch" in bed as the alarm goes off. Winch sits up and turns to Jerry to wake him. He leans on his right elbow, placing it directly under himself while leaning over Jerry. The scene then cuts to a close-up, and Winch's elbow has moved to a position halfway between Jerry and himself. (in order to work the puppet's controls, no doubt)

  • Obvious Prop
    Jerry is at the lunch table and there is a cabinet with a breadbox on top of it directly behind Jerry and between the kitchen counter. The cabinet is too close to the counter to allow passage behind. It's just too cheesy a prop to hide the two puppeteers behind while they manipulate Jerry.

  • Pillow Expose'
    Winch picks up Jerry out of bed and walks him to the bathroom. The pillow Jerry was lying on retains the indentation of the arm that was manipulating his controls. This happens again later in the sequence when Winch walks Jerry to the closet.

  • Puppeteer Flub
    Jerry is trying to get out of going to school by pretending to be sick. He looks at the thermometer and says, "Uh-oh, normal", but his mouth doesn't move until the word "normal".

  • What's the Matador with Darts?
    During the bullfight sequence, when Curly is thrown from the bull, he suddenly has two darts in his hand.


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Posted 2010-07-03 21:11:20 by benjilbum
Edited 2015-01-04 03:41:01 by [Deleted Member]
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Re: STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!
Posted 2010-07-03 21:11:19 by benjilbum
Paul Winchell always was an unfunny pain-in-the-a*s. It's hard to make a film consisting of clips of some of the Stooges best work, and have it be terrible. But the did here. The music just highlights the fact that it's unnessary. The scenes are butchered to shorten them. The chimps are awful too. The only thing that's intresting is they use the great June Forey (Rocky & Bulwinkle) for some of the voices. But even her great talent is wasted in this mess. I'd rather watch a Besser short. I suppose ever Stooge fan should see it once, just for the historical value. Otherwise just watch one of the original films again, and have a good time.

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Re: STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!
Posted 2006-01-08 11:40:39 by Giff me dat fill-em!
For a die-hard fan of the boys, this film just makes one yearn to see the entire shorts instead of these truncated versions. But for the novice Stooge fan, its worthy of a view or two.
Re: STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!
Posted 2002-07-22 21:01:00 by [Deleted Member]
If we were going to boycott every film that exploited the Three Stooges, we would have to stop watching every short subject they made because the Stooges were exploited thoughout most of their careers by various producers and managers. Yes, the Stooges did go to court over Stop, Look, and Laugh, but the matter was settled, they were compensated, and the boys gave their okay for the film to be released. The Stooges should have been consulted and paid from the start, but I can certainly understand why the producers would rather use old shorts with the real Curly than current appearances of Curly-Joe. His comedy could be pretty bland compared to the original. And I would rather watch Stop, Look, and Laugh any day over those pathetic New Three Stooge cartoons that were being made at that time. Anyone who thinks the Besser films were the worst Stooges should take a good look at those sad cartoons. Stop, Look, and Laugh is a clever film. The trick to enjoying it is to STOP over-analyzing it, LOOK at the movie, and let yourself LAUGH out loud.

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Re: STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!
Posted 2001-11-20 01:06:00 by [Deleted Member]
I can't even MAKE myself watch this film. I'd say that the highlights were the Stooge clips, but the people responsible for this mess drag these down too, by adding unnecessary music and making cuts in the clips. Anytime anything is messed with so you can't see it as it was originally released irritates me to no end. Ventriliquist dummies and the Stooges just don't mix. Music and Stooge scenes, unless they were originally released together, just dont mix and the way they rush through the Stooge scenes just sucks!What I would've done instead of having Winchell and the ventrilloquist dummies is have some great comedian of the time host it, tipping his or her hat to fellow greats in the biz. Howsabout Lucille Ball? She co-starred with the boys in "Three Little Pigskins" and look at the good job she did with "Three's Company"! ISLIPP, you catch me. ®2001
Re: STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!
Posted 2001-05-01 01:57:00 by sickdrjoe
Cheer up, Dunrobin! Sure there's no logical reason for Winchell to host these clips, but that's just show-biz: if they made this today, it would be hosted by celebrities who make even LESS sense in this context, like Vince Vaughan or Margaret Cho or what-have-you. Throw in the fact that ventriloquists, like circus clowns, always carry a sinister subtext to their work, and this actually becomes weirdly good (hey, call me a wussy; I don't care - I say Knucklehead Smiff is SCARY!)

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