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on March 6, 2003
In their first film comedy for their own studio:Normandy Productions."The Three Stooges"create their first really funny family film.Here the boys played three bumbling drug store employees in 1962 Ithica,New York.Who try to help their next door neghibor:"Scuyler Davis"(Quinn Reddecker)develop his time machine.So that he can become a success ,pay his bills and win the fair "Diana's"(Vicki Tricket's)hand.But the boys perverse and crooked boss"Mr.Dimsel"(George Neise)tampers with "Mr.Davis'"blueprints and the boys refashion the device in such a way that it malfunctions.Until "Curly Joe"De Rita uses some tranquilizers to help send the time machine,Mr.Reddecker,Ms.Tricket and "The Stooges"back in time to Ithica Greece.Where they inadvertedly help the Evil ancesstor of "Mr.Dimsel"/"King Odius"(also played by Mr.Neise)to upsur "King Ulliuys"From his throne and make him a prisoner of ""King Odius"and "Hercules"(Samson Burke).The boys and Reddecker help The rightful ruler of Ithica escape.But "Hercules"captures our Heroes.And soon they have to try to escape a Greeican Slave Galley Ship,A Two headded Giant,A man eating Bull ,The Greeican Mafia and "Hercules"and "King Odius.Before our heroes and "Dianna"can return to 1960's Upstate New York.The film is full of laughs,thrills and a combination pie fight and charriot chase that is remincesent of Mack Sennett.The only damper are the relationship between Ms.Trickett And Mr.Reddecker.The Two romantic leads.Whose unreal trystings and interferrence with the boys slapstick makes it hard at times to concentrate on The Stooges comedy.Despite this one flaw."The Three Stooges Meet Hercules!"is the team's first forray into family films and it's their best!
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on December 28, 1999
Hoping to achieve the same critically-acclaimed status of the Abbott & Costello Meet...series, Moe Howard's son-in-law, Norman Mauer conceived the idea of the stooges traveling back in time and encountering the mighty Hercules. The Hercules series of films were very popular at the time and Columbia Pictures executives were seeing $$. So Norman Maurer joined with long-time stooge director Ed Bernds(director of such classics as Micro-Phonies(1945) and Who Done It?(1949))to make the block-buster smash The 3 Stooges Meet Hercules. It made more $ than any other stooge film and proved that after 27 years, the Stooges were still funny. But, like every stooge film, it has its share of flaws. Again, as in Have Rocket, Will Travel(1959), this entry in the series involves a love affair between characters that we don't even care about. This only damages the comical chemistry between Moe, Larry, and Curly-Joe. However, this film uses its low budget very well by using stock footage from previous Columbia adventures.
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on March 26, 2001
Curly Joe made a pleasant third Stooge, and never more so than in this film (although he is equally amusing in THE 3 STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE). CJ has taken a lot of heat simply because he isn't Curly Howard. Well, neither was Shemp, and Shemp was just as funny as Curly. This feature showcases the classic Stooges, who relied almost equally on verbal humor as well as wild physical comedy. (King Odious is a worthy addition to such members of the Stooges' Historical Rogues' gallery as Octopus Grabus,Pharoah Rootin' Tootin' and his queen, Hotsy Totsy.) The pacing is a tad slow in places,but ultimately the film is hilarious. "Best of show" goes to the gladiatorial games protection-racket bit and the two-headed Cyclops.
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on September 7, 1999
This movie cannot compare to the earlier Stooges, but it is the best thing that Curly-Joe did with them. It is a must for Stooges fans. Everyone claims that the quality of the later Stooge endeavors is poor, due to thier ages, or due to Curly-Joe not measuring up. While these reasons may be attributes, the real problem is that the Stooges were forced to be less violent in the 1960's, thus taking away from them their best material. I still believe that, left to their own devices, the Stooges could have made great movies at the end of their carreers. In The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, you'll see many glimpses of their former hilarity, but it's never showcased. Yet, it's still enjoyable!
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on June 30, 2003
This movie is the best of all of the stooges movies made in the late 50's and early 60's. Of all of them it captures the spirit of the classic shorts which made them them one of the longest lasting and most consistant moneymakers (at least for their studios) in the comedy business.
The plot is simple the boys aid a geek trying to build a time machine while keeping the villian away from his girl. The result is a trip to ancient Greece, a meeting with the legendary Hercules and the changing of the Geek to a man.
Pure unadultruated fun. a real winner.
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on May 7, 2012
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules is silly, fun. I saw the movie when I was a kid, then thought I would revisit it as an adult. Actually, it was funnier when I was a kid. Still, not a bad diversion if your in the mood for silly comedy.
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on September 2, 2000
The only reason I thought this movie was even slightly good was cause the stooges were in it. I've only watched it twice (that means it's bad, other stooge movies/shorts I've watched 20 times or so) and the movie in my opinion is horrible. It had a very bad plot, but even at that I think the Stooges did good, it's the writers who need to come up with something a little better than meeting hercules...
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on May 18, 2002
Those who dismiss this great later Stooge film as silly just aren't getting the point. Besides, in 1962 their films were being written to cater to a new and younger generation of fans-mine. Their energy and enthusiasm is evident, and it works both as a kids movie and as a spoof on a film genre that was popular at the time. If you appreciate the Stooges, you'll like this family film.
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on January 14, 2002
Before I saw THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES, I was worried it would be dry and dull. But this actually turned out to be an excellent Stooge movie. When I watched this, I was enjoying the whole 90 minutes. The best part is when Skyler turns out to be Hercules and swings around a lion by it's tail. This is the first Stooge feature I've seen. I hope the others are just as good.
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on November 18, 2001
This is a great tape, and the movie's quality is pretty good. There are many funny gags in this one and some reused, but they're still good here. My only beef about this short is that the slapping that goes on between the stooges dies down after the galley ship scenes. But this one is still quite funny. If you're a stooge fan, this tape's for you!
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