The Three Stooges

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Half-Shot Shooters

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 29, 2015

This is superficially similar to the Stan and Ollie’s Blockheads, with its WWII prologue and contemporary body. The L&H piece is more profound, but this has its own Stoog-ian consistency and integrity. It’s doubtful that they meant anything by it, but the bit where they utterly pummel their sergeant at the announcement of the Armistice, in addition to being really funny, is positively revolutionary. Idiots of the world! Why should we let them tell us what to do? (Underarm hair, a two-by-four with nails sticking out of it!) The plot is effective in contriving that they sign up again. Of course they run into their old nemesis. Of the business that follows the final target practice, especially in its pleasingly unmatching use of stock footage, is especially good. There’s also another really nice, very brief bit of singing, and a strikingly emphatic ending.