The Three Stooges
I saw the promo for “The Three Stooges” movie that’s coming out tomorrow. It looks pretty much like a compilation of the original trio’s signature slapstick, which means the movie is probably quite boring. They apparently spiced it up a bit with some prurient segments (there’s a scene where a “nun” ascends from a pool wearing very little indeed); I can understand why, because watching three guys smack each other around gets old quick, unless perhaps one is drunk. The story will probably be something along the lines of: three orphaned boys are raised by nuns; they are for some reason ostracized by said nuns; they then do something that rescues the nuns from dire circumstances, and are reinstated into good graces while the nuns learn the value of “diversity”, or some such flapdoodle.
If one wishes to see the Three Stooges, grab the originals; if one wishes to see movies that are actually funny, here are some recommendations:
Bringing up Baby. This is Cary Grant and Kate Hepburn at their funniest. A stodgy paleontologist is somehow roped into helping a ditzy rich girl into dealing with a leopard.
A Night at the Opera: While not the funniest Marx Bros. film (that would be Duck Soup), it is probably the most accessible for those who have never seen the Marx Brothers.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again: The best of the Pink Panther movies; don’t miss the spot-on representation of President Gerald Ford, along with his advisors.
His Girl Friday: Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are yellow journalists trying to deal with corrupt politicians and an escaped death row inmate.
Road to Utopia: Really, any of the Road Pictures, but Road to Singapore (the first one) isn’t quite as funny as the later ones. Utopia is the fourth in the series.
My favorite Brunette: Bob Hope plays a photographer who fancies himself as a private eye. The last joke in this movie won’t make sense unless you’ve seen the Road pictures.
Casanova’s Big Night: Bob Hope again; the real Casanova takes a powder, and Bob Hope must fill his shoes so he and the other servants can get paid.
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer: Cary Grant playing opposite a teenaged Shirley Temple. She kinda likes him, and her psychologist uncle persuades Grant to pretend interest in her until she can get over the fixation. Also with Myrna Loy.
The Thin Man: the first of five movies; William Powell and Myrna Loy. A retired detective and his rich wife get involved in a murder case. Based on the Dashielle Hammet story.
Murder He Said: Fred MacMurray works for a polling organization who is looking for one of the company’s agents who seems to have disappeared in the West Virginia backwoods.
What’s Up, Doc? A remake of Bringing Up Baby, and (as would be expected) not quite as good. However, has one of the best chase scenes EVAR!! Barbara Streisand and Madeleine Kahn
Young Frankenstein: The only Mel Brooks movie that stands the test of time.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil: Gene Wilder plays a deaf man, Richard Pryor plays a blind man. Someone gets killed, and they have to work together to solve the case.
Raising Arizona: Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter kidnap a baby because they can’t have one of their own. With John Goodman in an epic prison break scene.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Three prison escapees make their way across Depression-era Mississippi, trying to reach some money one of them stole before the area is flooded by a TVA dam. Supposedly mirrors “The Odyssey” by Homer. The soundtrack is awesomesauce. The language is quite rough (worse than in Raising Arizona).
The Hudsucker Proxy: A young man from Muncie, IN goes to New York to make it big in the business world. He has an idea, you see; you know, for kids! The language is surprisingly clean for a Cohen Bros. movie.