Sony has confirmed that, with the current popularity of 3-D movies, they are going to include 3-D versions of "SPOOKS" and "PARDON MY BACKFIRE" in this set.
This will make up for the fact that 1953 brings about the sad cost-cutting practice of re-releasing an older short with a few minutes of new footage and giving it a new name.
A MISSED FORTUNE - a weak re-working of a weak Curly short Healthy, Wealthy & Dumb. The Stooges live the high life on an inheritance.
LISTEN JUDGE - One of my favorites from this period. Three electricians are hired to find a short in the Judge's house.
CORNY CASANOVAS - The Stooges are all engaged to the same gold-digging girl. Told mostly as three seperate stories.
HE COOKED HIS GOOSE - One of their first off-the-mark solo offerings. Larry is a petshop dealer who's seeing Moe's wife while at the same time trying to steal Shemp's fiancée.
GENTS IN A JAM - Shemp's rich Uncle Phineas comes to visit the Stooges who are broke and about to evicted. It is a little painful to see Emil Sitka get kicked in the face multiple times. It feels like Jules White duirected it, but he didn't.
THREE DARK HORSES - The Stooges get into the political ring as crooked Kenneth MacDonald (later a judge on Perry Mason) hires them to cast the winning votes.
CUCKOO ON A CHOOCHOO - One of their wierdest shorts. Only Larry & Shemp are teamed, living in a stolen train car. Moe is the railroad detective hired to find the train car. Shemp spends most of his time dancing with an imaginary girl canary. Larry does his best Marlon Brando impression.
UP IN DAISEY'S PENTHOUSE - A re-working of the Curly short "Three Dumb Clucks". Shemp impersonates his dad who is about to marry a golddigger planning to bump him off.
BOOTY AND THE BEAST - The Stooges unknowingly help a burglar break into a house. When the boys realize their mistake, they pursue the thief as he makes his escape on a train. The ending uses footage from "Hold That Lion" which includes CURLY's cameo as a sleeping train passenger.
LOOSE LOOT - The Stooges subpoena attorney Icabod Slipp to collect their inheritance from their late Uncle, pursuing him to the Circle Follies Theater. This includes attorney's office scenes from HOLD THAT LION.
TRICKY DICKS - A top notch detective spoof showing that the writers still have the stuff for a good comedy. The Stooges are detectives put on the trail of killer Slug McGurk. Again footage form HOLD THAT LION makes its way into a new short, this time it is the filing cabinet sequence.
Disc 2 (all matted to look widescreen except "Rip Sew & Stitch", "Bubble Trouble")
SPOOKS! in 2-D, then
SPOOKS! *** 3-D *** - As pie salesmen, the Stooges are captured by a mad scientist and his gorilla. Needless to say, the pies come flying directly at us, the audience. (Filmed May 11-14 of 1953 as a widescreen short.)
PARDON MY BACKFIRE in 2-D, then
PARDON MY BACKFIRE *** 3-D *** - Dangerous Bank Robbers go to the Stooges auto shop to repair their get-away car, the Stooges hear a radio broadcast about the hold-up & suspect their new customers. This is pure wire-up-the-nose Stooge slapstick. When Moe aims the grease gun at the us, the audience, we get it in the face (well almost). (Filmed 6/30 to 7/6 of 1953 as a widescreen short.)
RIP, SEW & STITCH - (re-issue of "Sing A Song Of Six Pants" from vol.5. No change to the story, but some new searching scenes in the shop were filmed using a double for Terry Hargen)
BUBBLE TROUBLE - (re-issue of "All Gummed Up" from vol.5 with 4:30 of new footage shot to change the ending. A double was used for Christine McIntyre in the new footage, she quickly runs off-screen never to be seen again for the rest of the short.)
GOOF ON THE ROOF - O.K., maybe I have more than one favorite in this set, this is the ultimate slatstick as the Stooges try to hook up a television antenna wire to their friend's TV set. This one suffers some from the letterboxing, I think it was shot for full frame then released with titles formatted for widescreen. (This was filmed from November 17-20 of 1952, before Columbia matted their camera viewfinders for widescreen, which is why this letterboxed presentation looks wrong. It is wrong.)
1954 (all matted to look widescreen)
INCOME TAX SAPPY - Yes, it is that time of year again, and the Stooges are ready to help veteran comic Benny Rubin get his tax break. (Filmed from 11/30/53 to 12/2/53 as a wide-screen short)
MUSTY MUSKETEERS - (re-issue of "Fiddler's Three" from vol.5 with some new footage at the beginning & end showing the Stooges with their girlfriends.)
PALS AND GALS - (re-issue of "Out West" from vol.5. Slight story change with new footage of the Stooges replacing "The Arizona Kid" rescuing the jailed girls, Larry ending up in jail & an escape using a covered wagon.)
KNUTZY KNIGHTS - (re-issue of "Squareheads Of The Round Table" from vol.5 with some new footage at the beginning)
SHOT IN THE FRONTIER - One of the last good Stooges shorts made. In a spoof of "High Noon" the Stooges have a shoot out with three outlaws who are out to get them. The most memorable gags are the lymricks read out on the tombstones & a strumming singing cowpoke who always hits a bad note.(Filmed from October 25-28 1953 as a widescreen short.)
SCOTCHED IN SCOTLAND - (re-issue of "Hot Scots" from vol.5 with a new opening scene of the Stooges getting their assignment to investigate strange goings on in Scotland. A double was used for McPherson in some new castle footage)
There is enough new material here to make this set worth getting. Add to that the inclusion of the 3-D shorts, and you have a "MUST-HAVE" set here. As a devoted Stooge fan I will be getting all 8 DVD sets, but this will be the last 5-star set.