Sunday, October 6, 2013
SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947)
This Three Stooges short, along with DISORDER IN THE COURT, MALICE IN THE PALACE and BRIDELESS GROOM, is on just about every cheap-o VHS or DVD Stooges collection ever made. Why only these 4 shorts are in the public domain, and not any of the other 186, I'm not really sure but it makes them very easy to find and they're all pretty good as long as you don't get sick of seeing them so often.
This one stars Shemp in place of Curly and while most people prefer Curly, for his maniacal energy and general insanity, I've always been a big fan of Shemp's unique style. For one thing he's not really trying to emulate Curly all that much and if you know anything about the Stooge's history, he's actually an original member of the group back when they were a stage act before Curly came along. Also Shemp is the only original Stooge to have his own career outside the group starring in his own shorts and a bunch of movies including a few ABBOTT AND COSTELLO features.
The plot here involves the Stooges as tailors who run afoul of some mobsters. Larry gets pricked with a needle and there's lots of expected head-bonking. Unexpectedly there's a scene where Moe figures stuff out using his brains.
Having seen this so often I can almost recite lines by memory. If you weren't raised on this stuff you might hate it but if you were these are some classic low-brow hijinks.
The Stooges would remake this, and use stock-footage from the original, as RIP, SEW AND STITCH in 1953.
This was colorized, probably sometime in the 80's, when that became a big fad: