It’s a Halloween Stooge-a-thon!

Get your spook on with the Stooges!
Get your spook on with the Stooges!

Instead of drowning my unemployment anniversary sorrows with Diet Coke (or Diet Mountain Dew), I’ve decided to laugh in the face of continued in-between-engagement-ism (that’s a perfectly cromulent word!) and get started on my annual Hallowe’en B-movie thon a day early.

The first short on the list Three Pests in a Mess (1945), isn’t technically a “scare” short, but there’s a bit where the fellows run around the Ever-Rest Pet Cemetary with a “body” (actually a dummy that Curly “shot”). It’s funny and fast paced and interestingly, is one of the final shorts Curly would film before his stroke later in 1945. It’s amazing to see how much he aged in a matter of months. Funnily enough, the “old age” of 42 seemed ancient for the Stooges, but 42 now? A mere baby! Maybe people just lived harder back then.

The rest of the list includes the usual “spook” themed shorts, as well as the last short filmed–Flying Saucer Daffy (1957).  It’s a Besser-era short, which is “Niagara Falls!” for some Stooge fans, but you have to admit, Joe Besser was a talented comic, and he could hold his own with Moe and Larry…even though he didn’t really fit. Sometimes that worked (like this short), sometimes it didn’t (the reincarnation shorts).  Then again, after 20+ years, I’m not sure what would’ve worked after the deaths of Curly and Shemp.

Anyhoo, that’s the first half of the Halloween-a-Rama, the second begins tomorrow night!




Here’s a scary thought…I may have a better chance at being struck by lightning than in getting a job. 

But seriously, a slightly chilly and rainy night is ideal for watching trashy “scary” movies, and tonight’s no exception.  Today’s list?  Spooks (a Three Stooges short in 3-D), a double shot of William “One Shot” Beaudine–Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (starring everyone’s favorite, John Carradine), Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, The Bermuda Triangle, and one that I haven’t seen in about 30 years–Picture Mommy Dead (with Don Ameche and Zsa Zsa Gabor!)  After all, if you can’t have a good laugh-scare on Halloween, when can you do it?