If you want to hear "nyuk-nyuk-nyuk" in Spanish and Portuguese as well as in English, then the DVD format is for you. The Three Stooges: All the World's a Stooge
gives a generous 124 minutes of seven Curly classics in a random order: "Grips, Grunts and Groans" (1937), "The World's a Stooge" (1941), "3 Dumb Clucks" (1937), "Three Little Pirates" (1946), "Uncivil War Birds" (1946), "Back to the Woods" (1937), and "Violent Is the Word for Curly" (1938). The shorts cover some familiar territory; "Grips, Grunts and Groans" is only the Stooges' 20th short in the Columbia series, and it is practically a rewrite of "Punch Drunks," the second. Here Curly is driven wild by a perfume rather than a song and is put into a wrestling ring rather than a boxing ring. Even the backscreen projection of the crowd is the same one used in the earlier film.
"Three Little Pirates" contains the famous "Mahah, Ah Ha" routine from their vaudeville days. "Back to the Woods" is one of their relatively rare costume efforts. The highlight of "Violent Is the Word for Curly" is a pleasant little vaudeville song about the alphabet. In "Three Dumb Clucks," Curly gets to play a double role. The audio and video are generally good. The film of "Three Little Pirates" used for the transfer to DVD, however, shows a defect 10 minutes into the episode in the form of vertical lines flickering to the left of the picture, which some might find distracting. --Frank Behrens
The 124-minute DVD contains these shorts:
"Grips, Grunts and Groans" (1937)
The Three Stooges face a potential bout with disaster when the wrestler they're supposed to watch over gets too drunk to fight.
All the World's a Stooge (1941)
A millionaire disguises the Three Stooges as children and brings them home to convince his wife not to adopt.
"Three Dumb Clucks" (1937)
"'Til death do us part" takes on new meaning as the Three Stooges try to prevent their father from marrying a gold-digging young floozy whose friends plan to kill him after the wedding.
Three Little Pirates (1946)
In order to walk the plank to freedom, the shipwrecked Stooges must escape from the governor of Dead Man's Island and survive Black Louie's Pirate Den.
"Uncivil War Birds" (1946)
As Civil War breaks out, the Three Stooges decide to join the army, but the battle lines are redrawn when Moe and Larry join the Union and Curly enlists with the Confederates.
"Back to the Woods" (1937)
The threat of the white man is nothing compared to what happens when the Indians come face to paleface with the Three Stooges.
"Violent Is the Word for Curly" (1938)
When gas station attendants Larry, Moe, and Curly put a little too much super in "super service," they hide out at Mildew College for Women, where they teach the student body how to swing.