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THE RUNNING GAGS OF THE STOOGES–PT. 2

Here’s the one where one persons jacket gets filled with two arms, each belonging to a different person (one of whom is a stooge) creating an unstoppable rotation of physical abuse. As you’ll see this gag served Curly, Shemp and Moe well for at least twenty-five years and is considerably

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THE RUNNING GAGS OF THE STOOGES–PT.1

The Three Stooges made 190 two-reel comedies between 1934 and 1959. With numbers like that they were forced to find routines they could recycle and reuse over time. Indeed the word ‘recycle’ figures heavily into the filmmaking world of the Stooges. Plots were constantly recycled (detectives, haunted houses, fixing things

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SATURDAY STOOGE-FEST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2L9bOGx4Z8&t=24s Here’s ‘Gents In A Jam’ from 1952, written and directed by Edward Bernds. The best of the Shemp shorts were for the most part Bernds-helmed–his scripts were tighter and the jokes and sight gags better planned and delivered than the increasingly mechanical Jules White films of the period. I

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SCOPITONES–HORSE RACING EDITION

There are plenty of Scopitone music videos (actually 16mm) on Youtube so it was hard finding the best one to present. Actually the reason it was hard was because there really isn’t a conventional ‘best’ one. All of them are lousy. The choreography is amateurish, the photography garish and the

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SCOPITONE–AN INSIDERS VIEW

The previous two posts of ColorSonics short jukebox ‘videos’ failed to mention the company’s predecessor Scopitone. Which brings us to today’s little look inside the Scopitone ST-36 jukebox. Somebody clearly put a lot of love and care into restoring this thing and putting it into working order, complete with the

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ROBERT ALTMAN–LILY ST. CYR EDITION

Now this is going to take a little explaining. Yesterday I posted one of Robert Altman’s mid-60s Color-Sonics music ‘videos’ (check it out if you haven’t already–you’ll be glad you did). Here’s another one that he did with the famous ecdysiast Lily St. Cyr called ‘Don’t Call Me’. Except the

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ROBERT ALTMAN–1960s EDITION

In the mid-sixties a company called Color-Sonics developed a visual jukebox that provided what were, in essence, the first music videos. Mini-films were made to accompany pop songs of the day and people could watch as well as listen to their favorite new tunes. The machine was loaded with 16mm

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ROBERT ALTMAN–1950s EDITION

Here’s the trailer for Robert Altman’s first film, the independently produced 1955 teen hoodlum flick ‘The Delinquents’ (released in 1957). It was shot in Kansas City where Altman was then based, making industrial films and directing semi-amateur theatrical productions. The film apparently starred Tom ‘Billy Jack’ Laughlin (he’s not credited

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SATURDAY MORNING STOOGEFEST

Without reservation I can say that I find ‘A Plumbing We Will Go’ easily the best Three Stooges short ever made. But I’ll go further. I’ll go on record right now (yes, on record) and say that this is on par with Laurel & Hardy’s ‘Helpmates’ and ‘The Music Box’

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RADIO SHACK IPHONE

As I said yesterday in the post about gigantic cassette tapes from the 1950s, mocking old technology (and the awe and wonderment that accompanied it when it was new) is low-hanging fruit. But it isn’t just for a laugh that we marvel at yesterdays technical detritus. It also serves to

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'Fright Night', Shemp's first appearance with the Three Stooges (not really but that's a long story) awaits your viewing on our Saturday Morning Stoogefest. #Comedy #FilmTwitter https://raymonddefelitta.org/saturday-morning-stoogefest-2/

Check out the best dance number from a musical nobody really wants to see--Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall's amazing duet from 'My Sister Eileen' (1955). #FilmTwitter #Dance #TCM #musical https://raymonddefelitta.org/fosse-v-rall-a-duel-in-dance/

Dig this short but deeply period drive through the Greenwich Village of the 1970s, an era you simply can't make up. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary https://raymonddefelitta.org/the-village-in-the-bell-bottom-era/

Color footage of Greenwich Village in the 1940s is today's offering on our madcap journey through the history of that venerable neighborhood. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary
https://raymonddefelitta.org/greenwich-village-1940s-edition/

Some fab footage of Greenwich Village in the late 60s--back when the FBI raided Village clubs and not Florida bed-and-breakfasts--awaits your avid viewing. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary https://raymonddefelitta.org/a-village-called-greenwich-a-view-from-the-late-60s/

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