Yes, folks! It’s the first of May and I’ve decided to rise from the grave of working from home, being cheezed off that I couldn’t work from home because my computer was too old (even though it seemed to work fine the first week), asked for a laptop, was told that I wouldn’t get one, then had to schlep to work to get the damn desktop I asked for SIX MONTHS AGO!
This was supposed to be the launch date of the all new Six Degrees of Stoogeration (where have you heard that before?) but well…it just didn’t happen. Neither did my plan to start with the wonderful “Flesh Feast” or “The Big Cube.” They’re on my list, I’ve watched them, but mostly I’ve been binge watching “The Oblongs” (remember that?) and other cartoons from the late 90s/early 2000s (when I was young…)
If (and when) I ever get back to blogging regularly, this is what I want my blog to be like. I know, I know, everyone should try to be themselves, but come ON! Everyone knows that imitation is the greatest compliment or whatnot (listen to early Beethoven and see how similar it is to Mozart and Haydn).
There’s also another reason why I picked this particular film to look at:
It’s from 1970 (I have a MAJOR THING for the 1970s, even though I can’t remember anything except October 1978-onwards with any clarity.)
It’s the same year The Three Stooges (temporarily, at least) retired following Larry Fine’s major stroke. I would love to be able to research what happened with the Stooges from 1969-1975. What was going through Moe’s mind when he heard that news on January 9th? (Quite a bit, according to Larry–apparently he’d rushed to the hospital as soon as Larry’s daughter called him.)
Why did Moe turn down the chance to go to Manila to make a movie called Make Mine Manila? (The truth is probably somewhere between he hated the script that his grandson wrote and a fear of going anywhere NEAR the Marcos-era Philippines.)
What would the world have thought about the last film being not Kook’s Tour (which isn’t as bad as some fans make it out to be), but Blazing Stewardesses (aka The Jet Set)? In it, the Stooges (Howard, Emil Sitka and DeRita) would’ve played fey (oy!) hairdressers that pretty much carry the film. As it turns out, Moe became ill in March 1975 and was unable to film (although they apparently did “rehearse.” According to Sitka, this meant that they had a rough idea of what the scene called for and would just ad lib.
As it turned out, it was the swan song for another comedy trio (by then a duo), The Ritz Brothers. If the Stooges were going to do what they did…Kook’s Tour is a MUCH better swan song…trust me.
(Oh, and guess what? It’s a snow day from work! Yay for working in a place with sketchy, janky public transportation!)
Seeing that I have some time “between engagements” coming up, I thought I’d do something fun to keep my mind off of things. Why not go through the “Fifty Worst Films of All Time?” I’d seen around 35 20+ years ago, and I’m fairly certain that number has risen to at least 40 by now, if not all of them besides Zabriskie Point (I only saw the beginning of it–I thought it was Billy Jack!) and the Russian one that comes in 2 parts (now the name escapes me)…Ivan the Terrible!
Anything with John “Dead Eyes” Agar is a treat, and the vision of seeing Robert Wagner sing (??) in Say One for Me is a hoot! (There’s also Joe Besser, so that’s a plus!)
Whether I actually begin this odessey (sp) is another matter–turns out there’s a lot going on in the world!
I first heard about DeRita’s death as I was going to the kitchen to top off my diet Coke–just by pure coincidence, the CBS News was announcing it right as the Stooges were between shorts (Idiot’s DeLuxe, if I’m not mistaken.) The only Stooge left was The Man Who Would Be Stooge, Emil Sitka…and I count him as a Stooge (don’t @ me, folks!)
Of course, I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never (oh, and those that think he was the worst Stooge? Why was Larry able to convince Moe to hire him AND hire him at an equal salary?)