Monday, January 5, 2009

The Three Stooges Trailers

Classic trailers for Stop! Look! and Laugh! and Have Rocket, Will Travel. Here is an interesting fact about these two films I found in Wikipedia:

Stop! Look! and Laugh! was a feature-length Three Stooges compilation featuring all of the supposed original Three Stooges, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard (Shemp Howard was the original third Stooge.)

Eleven of the Stooges shorts were shown and bridged together with segments featuring Paul Winchell and his dummies, Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. Near the end of the film, the Marquis Chimps performed a fairy tale, as part of Jerry Mahoney's bedtime story.

The film, oddly enough, provoked controversy due to a lawsuit filed by the Three Stooges, who claimed producer Harry A. Romm who had produced their previous film Have Rocket, Will Travel created the film without their knowledge or permission. Columbia Pictures, which would eventually distribute the film, apologized and admitted that it had made an error by putting together a compilation of Three Stooges shorts behind their backs. Both parties agreed to have the film released on July 4, 1960, and to provide the funding for the Three Stooges' then-newly-formed production company, Normandy Productions.