Mill Creek has cornered the market bringing classic films and TV shows to DVD and Blu-ray. Two of their most recent releases bring the iconic Three Stooges films that debuted between the 40s and 60s in two complete collections. This collection includes 1941s Time Out of Rhythm, 1945s Rockin’ In the Rockies, and 1959s Have Rocket, Will Travel.
Most of these films are not straight up Stooges films, but instead independent storylines that have injected random sequences to bring the Stooges Moe, Larry, and Curly in for some fun. In Time Out of Rhythm the boys find work through a talent agency that leads to zany results. This film works well enough, but sadly takes quite a while before you get any Stooge fun and when you do it is pretty few and far between. Though not as much screen time as fans may want they still bring their usual hilarious fun including a must see finale musical number with the help from some females playing up a stooge style mentality as well.
With Rockin in the Rockies the stooges once again including Moe, Larry, and Curly accidentally win at roulette and cook up a prospecting plans at a local ranch. Unlike the most of the films made during the time of their shorts this is the only film to showcase them as the leads during this time and the only film to feature the most popular line-up of the trio in a feature film starring role. This film once again populates it with a more serious story happening around the stooge madness, but have them firmly planted within the story. They bring the funny here with a ton of their hilariously popular routines as well as merging right along with the rest of the cast. This may not be the Stooge film you wanted with Curly involved, but getting to see them in action together on a bigger stage made it all the better.
The final film in this first triple feature, Have Rocket Will Travel follows has the Stooges accidently blasting off to Venus where an alien computer makes duplicates of them. This feature marks the first time that “Curly Joe” DeRita appears as a Stooge and although was billed as their first film it was not, but does feature more of them than the previous entries. This feature sports a non-stop Stooge fest showcasing a variety of their old bits including the always popular plumbing one while making a part of the bigger story. We all know Joe is no replacement for Curly and never tried to be instead brings his own twist to his Stooge and is still funny. This film never quite lives up to the classic shorts, but none of the films ever could.
It is likely impossible find anyone out there that would consider themselves a fan of the movies or Curly Joe, but there is still just something entertaining about seeing the boys do their thing no matter what iteration you get. These films are far from perfection, but they are a part of the iconic career of these legendary comedians and deserve a place on the shelf of any hardcore fan.
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