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Well that is certainly fun! I watched them over and over again as a kid so they must have been on TV when I got home from school (this would be the 1970s) when television was pretty limited. I also liked Abbott & Costello, but never really warmed up to the Marx Brothers.

Anyway, most of these described are very familiar to me. Oh, my misspent youth!

The Stooges were the classic comedians I was exposed to the earliest, as at the time they were most often on TV. I also saw The Little Rascals very early on. My dad introduced me to Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields and the Marx Bros. a little later on, and I liked them all. Still do! I was never a big Abbott & Costello fan, however.

I watched them on TV after school, too, and I guess I thought they were funny, though I don't really remember. I must have liked them, though. But the glimpses of them I've seen since have not encouraged me to check them out again. I saw The Little Rascals, too, and liked them. Didn't see the Marx Bros, or if I did not much, till I was an adult and I remember thinking something like "Oh, this is what the Three Stooges were supposed to be."

I remember thinking that too, that the Stooges were sort of wannabe Marx Bros. But I guess the truth is that they came out of different vaudeville styles or traditions. I don't think it was a generational thing, really, because the Marx's weren't all that much older.

I prefered the Stooges to the Marx brothers

How old were you? I'm sure that if I had seen the Marx Brothers at the same time I was watching the Stooges--10 or 12 or so--I would have liked the latter much more. So much of the Marxes humor is verbal and adult.

When I was a kid, I liked the Stooges, but not the Marx Bros. As an adult, it's the other way around. Laurel and Hardy were my favorites. I didn't really like Abbott & Costello either. There was just something about them. I can't put my finger on it.

Can I say I liked Amos and Andy?


They were very funny. One of these years it may become ok to enjoy them again. I heard an NPR interview once with a black man, a celebrity of some sort--I want to say it was Wynton Marsalis, though I don't know why he would have been talking about this--and somehow the subject of Amos and Andy came up. He sort of laughed and said yeah, when he first saw them he was offended, but he kind enjoyed them anyway because they really were funny.

I don't think I ever saw Laurel and Hardy when I was growing up. Abbott & Costello I knew, but don't remember what I thought of them.

Without the eye poking, I might have been able to watch the Stooges. Anyone ever count how many times in each film they did this?

Which reminds me: Why do most movies today do lingering close-ups of needle injections?

The eye-poking used to bother me, too, and it's the first thing I think of when I hear their name.

That and lots of other stuff I could do withou. Autopsies.

Like Daffy Duck's beak.


I was little - under ten. My brother and my father liked Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Bros. The Stooges were more on my level

It amazes me when I share these brilliant movie reviews on Facebook they don't get re-shared 25 times

If other people are like me they only read maybe 10% of the things they see shared on Facebook. But I agree the reviews deserve a lot more attention.

Your being under 10 would certainly explain a preference for the Stooges.

Re Daffy's beak: in the big collection of cartoons from Punch that I have, there's one from the 1950s or so in which two at-least-middle-aged ladies are watching a Donald Duck cartoon and one says to the other "I'm so afraid there's cruelty in their training."

Some of the Stooge shorts are good in spite of, rather than because of, the amount hitting and poking. For example, Hoi Polloi, one of the most famous ones, was one that I was going to include in my piece, but it has a little too much abuse of Curly (despite being very funny in its other aspects). It's the one in which a professor attempts to transform the boys into gentlemen.

Amazon offers an 'Essential Laurel & Hardy" boxed set that I've been tempted to buy. It's got 10 discs, sells for about $50, and contains something like 30 hours of L&H comedies. That would be a gift that keeps on giving!

At the moment, I am writing about the movie, Ushpizin. As unlikely as it is that anyone else would think about writing about it, I wanted to stake my ground just in case.

And then I'm doing Coming Home.


Thought I remembered Ushpizin being at least mentioned. It was but only in a comment, back in 2011.

Your comment. Have you seen it?


Right. Yes, I have seen it.


Ha. Yes. That's how I knew it was your comment that it was mentioned in, but I couldn't tell if you had seen it or had just heard about it.


Im going to do Andrei Rublev.

Excellent. Someday I'll give it another try.

Have we ever talked about Big Fish? Have y'all seen it?


Pretty sure I've seen it, at your recommendation.

But don't know whether it was discussed here or not.

I saw Big Fish a long time ago and liked it on the whole. But I don't remember it much.

Looking forward to both Janet's essay on Coming Home and Grumpy's on Andrei Rublev.

You all may know that the reason Harpo Marx didn't speak in the films is because unlike the other brothers he had difficulty remembering his lines. I read a similar interesting factoid about the Stooges: Curly spoke in that high squeally voice in the films because his natural voice was so similar to Moe's that the studio felt that the viewers wouldn't be able to tell them apart other than in closeup scenes.

Funny how both "accidental" traits figured so strongly into their on-screen characters.

Never knew that about Harpo. For many years I thought he really couldn't talk.

Wow great thanks

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