Starring The Three Stooges (Curley, Moe and Larry), Buster Keaton, Vera Vague, the original Batman and Robin, and Kate Smith.
You are about to see a rarely seen film. In fact, I must admit that I’ve never seen it, even though it was part of the collection.
In 1973, when MGM struck box office gold going into its vaults and producing the sublime “That’s Entertainment”, other studios quickly searched their vaults to produce their own compilations. Columbia pulled together this collection of World War II vintage sound shorts, and packaged it under the title, “The Three Stooges Follies”. It was released theatrically, but to very few theaters. It contains several Three Stooges shorts (including “Yes, We Have No Bonanza”). But it also sprinkled in a Buster Keaton sound short “Nothing But Pleasure”, a comedy featuring Vera Vague (popular then – seldom seen today), a chapter from the original “Batman” serial featuring our hero and his “ward” Boy Wonder fighting the “evil WWII Japanese enemy”, and a Kate Smith song reel. Pure Camp!
In order to write these notes, I went out to several Three Stooges websites to research (a little scary – I was told I was no longer welcome on one Stooge site), but no one could tell me which titles are actually included in this collection. The Buster Keaton aficionados were the most helpful: this film is sometimes listed as being directed by Keaton, but he died in 1966, and didn’t direct a film past 1929 – his short was directed in 1939 by Jules White.
So pay close attention, make a note of the titles and other credits, and then you can pioneer some Stooges trivia on the web!
And enjoy this film in all of its campiness! God Bless, America! --Jerry Jensen, donor of the Jensen’s Cinema 16 Collection