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Classic Comedy Teams Collectio [Import]

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , Charles Reisner , Edward Bernds    Unrated   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE BOY'S AREN'T LAUGHING !! Nov. 25 2006
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Once again Warner Brothers home video should be ashamed of themselves for releasing such poor DVD quality. Three Stooges fans will not be laughing over the video and sound quality on this latest Warner DVD release. The video transfers are riddled with dirt, debris and scratches making them a nightmare to watch. "Meet the Baron" is positively the worst of the two films. It's absolutely clear from the opening titles that no restoration went into this release at all and the quality is no better than a bootleg video. Both films are presented on a single sided disc with nice disc artwork.

DVD Features:
Meet the Baron theatrical trailer only
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (feature films only)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neglected pure Thirties gem Feb. 10 2014
Format:DVD
First, there seems to be some confusion in the Amazon classification of the reviews, some of them being about just Meet the Baron or just The Gold Raiders, some of the being about both those films in the double-feature DVD, and some being about those films and others included in l larger Comedy Teams set. This review is about the double feature, and in fact will deal only with Meet the Baron, which in my opinion is the reason to have this double set, The Gold Raiders being probably of much less interest to anyone who's not a huge Three Stooges fan.

But as for Meet the Baron: Perhaps this film has been largely forgotten because it's usually marketed as (if you can find it at all) a 3 Stooges film, but in fact The Boyz play only a minor supporting role. The film in fact is a much classier production than the later Stooges features, with a screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, whose other scripting credits include Dinner at Eight and Citizen Kane, and songs by Dorothy Fields, one of the all time great popular songwriters who wrote or co-wrote classics like I Can't Give You Anything But Love, On The Sunny Side of the Street, and The Way You Look Tonight.

The ostensible lead is Jack Pearl, reprising his radio-show characterization of the folk hero Baron Munchausen -- the show made a national catch-phrase of Pearl's trademark query, "Vas you dere, Sharley?" which is of course worked into the movie. But the show is totally stolen by a startlingly young Jimmy Durante, whose speech is one long rapid-fire stream of malapropisms, and who in one great scene is asleep snoring: "Hot cha-a-a-ah! Hot-cha-a-a-ah!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rarely seen films of classic comics! NOT Public Domain junk. Nov. 9 2006
By Paul J. Mular - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Make no mistake by the generic title of this box set, this is not one of those cheaply made public domain collections that every one releases again & again. These are RARELY seen films from three classic comedy teams being released by their copyright owner.

ABBOTT & COSTELLO: "Lost In A Harem" & "A & C In Hollywood" were both produced during Bud & Lou's heyday of the 1940's, they are at their top here. Bud & Lou had a clause in their Universal contract that allowed them to make one movie a year for another studio. These are two of their three films that they made for big-budgeted MGM Studios. A must for any Abbott & Costello fan.

LAUREL & HARDY: "Air Raid Wardens" & "Nothing But Trouble" were both made after Stan & Ollie's departure from Hal Roach Studios. True that this is the declining period for the boys, but these films made near the end of their career are still worth a look. A must for the devoted Laurel & Hardy fan.

THE THREE STOOGES: "Meet The Baron" & "Gold Raiders" are rarely seen feature films of the original 3 Stooges, not the Joe De-Rita films with the aging stooges of the 1960's. Not as fast-paced & joke filled as their Columbia shorts, these were made when the stooges were still early in their careers and willing to try anything. Ted Healy is in charge of them in "Meet The Baron" and it plays more like their vaudville act, it also features Jimmy Durante. "Gold Raiders" is made in 1951 after Curly left (due to his stroke) and Shemp re-joined the team. This is Shemp's second feature film as a stooge and it feels more like a 3 Stooges film than the first. These are a MUST for any devoted Stooge Fan.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Rare Three Stooges movies finally come to DVD! July 5 2007
By Justin Toner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I got this on DVD just last month, I've been waiting years to see these movies and it's great that you get two for the price of one.

"Gold Raiders" is from 1951 and so the lineup is Moe, Larry and Shemp. It's is a pretty good movie, a nice little comedy/western with The Three Stooges provide the big laughs of course. I really enjoyed the fact they are the co-stars of this movie along with George O'Brien so they are onscreen almost the whole movie. The acting from O'Brien and everyone else is pretty good and the plot is simple but with some neat little twists. The Stooges are in about 90% of the movie and it dragged in a few parts when the Stooges were absent for a long time. Other than that I really liked it.

"Meet The Baron" is from 1933 back when Curly first joined the act to replace his brother Shemp, and the boys worked under their friend and fellow comedian Ted Healy. The movie is about a seamster (Jack Pearl) who impersonates the famous adventurer Baron Munchausen (the character Pearl was famous for playing on radio) with Jimmy Durante as his sidekick/manager Joseph Magoo. Ted, Moe, Larry and Curly play bumbling janitors at Cuddle College, an all girls school where the Baron has been asked to speak at. Ted and the Stooges are not in the whole movie, they are in a supporting role here, but when they do show up they really steal the show! The sequence where they are asked to fix the water pipes in the girls shower room is extremly funny! Its a okay movie made better thanks to Healy and the Stooges, although Pearl and Durante do some pretty funny stuff themselves.

Both movies are in good shape, and they have been rarely seen in the past few decades so it's nice they are finally out for everyone to see on DVD.

The only negative for me is the lack of extras, you only get the theatrical trailer for "Meet The Baron" and that's it! Why couldn't they have added in the trailer for "Gold Raiders" too? (That can be found on the Live and Hilarious DVD from Legend Films) Even a commentary track would have been nice.

Despite that, I'm really glad I bought this DVD. If your a Three Stooges fan it's well worth your time to check these two movies out!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABBOTT AND COSTELLO A MUST; OTHERS OKAY Nov. 25 2006
By Lowell S. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The real reason for buying this reasonably priced set from Warners is the Abbott and Costello MGM film, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, one of the funniest in their entire series for Universal, MGM, and Warner Bros. The "dummy" scene alone is worth the price of this set. Lost In A Harem is also worthwhile, especially for the "Slowly I Turned" sketch that they performed often in Burlesque. But the quality of the print is poor in spots, compared to the excellent remastering of "Hollywood." Don't throw away your VHS copy of "Harem." As for L&H, most fans realize the DVDs to buy are their silent and earliest sound films, not the recent releases from TCM and Fox that are overpriced to begin with. The remastering of these films is excellent. The Stooges "Meet The Baron" is a pre-code anomaly and worth seeing for a few scenes, but Durante and Pearl are not at their best. The Stooges 1951 western is well mastered but, again, depend upon their Columbia shorts for your greatest enjoyment.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet The Baron finally sees the light of day. Nov. 30 2006
By S. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'm glad to see Meet The Baron is finally released on dvd. I just bought this the other day. Been wanting to see this movie for a long time. As a big stooges fan. Meet the baron isn't all that good of a movie. This is the stooges early stuff. When the stooges show up their scenes as janitors, they are great. Even with Ted Healy. There only in the movie 20 minutes. Gold Raiders, I wasn't all that familiar with. But it is pretty good. The stooges are in it 90% of the time. This can be considered as good as their shorts. It was made in 1951 with shemp. So they had their act down pat. I would like more of the early stooge stuff released on dvd (pre Columbia). Soup To Nuts is also in my collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Not A Stooge Fan Without These DVD. April 8 2009
By Barb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ted Healy and his Stooges are great DVDs. To see the Three Stooges before they were stars was awesome to see. My dad got me into the Stooges and now I'm hooked. No one can ever fill their shoes. To see Jimmy Durante in action in the same movie as the Stooges makes a great DVD. Your not a Stooge fan if you don't have Ted Healy and His Stooges DVDs. Be a total Stooge fan and buy these DVDs.
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