Stop! Look! and Laugh

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Stop! Look! and Laugh!
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Directed by Don Appell
Louis Brandt
Jules White
Produced by Sid Kuller
Harry A. Romm
Martha Vera Romm
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Paul Winchell
Jerry Mahoney
Knucklehead Smiff
The Marquis Chimps
Joe Bolton
Cinematography Glen Gano
Edited by Jerome Thoms
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01)
Running time 77' 50"
Country United States
Language English

Stop! Look! and Laugh! is a 1960 feature-length Three Stooges compilation featuring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard. 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 perform a version of Cinderella narrated in rhyme by Winchell with June Foray providing female voices (and Alan Reed providing the male ones) as part of Knucklehead's bedtime story. New York Stooges TV host Officer Joe Bolton (a staple of WPIX-TV through the early '70s) has a cameo as a customer in a cafe.

Plot[edit]

Paul Winchell plays a father to Jerry Mahoney who is avoiding going to school at all costs where he is failing his subjects. Mahoney's tricks range from painting the window black to sleep in, continually falling asleep, and pretending to be sick by painting spots on his face and heating a thermometer with a match to give him a temperature reading of 264F to stay home. Winchell relates stories that segue into scenes from Three Stooges short subjects with the film concluding with a loud party that is footage from Half-Wits Holiday. As Winchell enters the home to complain of the noise he is hit with one of the pies in that sequence's pie fight.

Production[edit]

The film 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 Production.[1]

The repair scenes from Higher Than a Kite were utilized in Stop! Look! and Laugh!.

The movie also aired on WCIU's Saturday night program Stooge-a-palooza, which was met with criticism and angry emails to the station according to host Rich Koz.[citation needed]

Featured shorts[edit]

The following eleven Stooge shorts were featured in Stop! Look! and Laugh!:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff; Howard Maurer, Joan; Lenburg, Greg; (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook, p. 91, Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5
  2. ^ Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 527; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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