Sunday, February 20, 2011

You kids don't know how good you have it...

See, in the olden days of videotape, we'd have to carefully pause the tape, take a photo with either a Polaroid or our old clunky Kodak film camera... and PRAY it turns out okay. On the other hand, we didn't have blogs to post these images to. One begets the other, apparently. Plus, you'd be thought of as a little cuckoo... But now! All I gotta do is a screen capture, a quick cut 'n paste job, and presto! On the web to billions of people instantaneously in general, and my 8 followers in particular. As you can see, these Stooge films were made at a time when it didn't much matter that the Stooges' stunt doubles weren't exact look-alikes.
Anyway, according to Wikipedia, Restless Knights is the sixth Stooge short. How far we've come in such a short time. But don't worry! The recurring themes in this Stooge short will show up later on. This must've been before they came up with that damn catchy song that John Candy once did on SCTV: "Oh Elaine, won't you come out tonight! Cedric's here, no foolin', Cedric's here..." Set in Medieval times, the Stooges turn out to be nobility... even if it's of the Kingdom of Anesthesia, it's still nobility. It shall endure longer than the kingdom in Krod Mandoon... damn! Wikipedia's really got everything. Hah! Except Beer Belly Burt's Brew Biz. But I digress.
As we learn early on, the noble acorns don't fall far from the tree, as the Stooges' dying patriarch gives them all one good three-fer slap. Also, when Curly says the line about a hot steak's better than a cold chop, Moe gives Curly an eye poke... and it looks damn close to the eyes! Curly musta won big at cards or something. But Geneva Mitchell proves herself to be the fourth Stooge indeed, when she gets pulled off her throne by Larry as they prepare to wrestle, and gets a good knock on the head later on. Damn! Spoiled the plot again. Also, a dude named Stanley Blystone makes an appearance here as Captain of the Guard. I recognized him from Slaphappy Sleuths: a little older, not necessarily wiser. Once you're sucked into a Stooge film, it's damn hard to escape their gravitational pull. Some, like Victoria Horne, were close to retirement anyway.

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

coming up next: Pop Goes the Easel !!!

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