The Three Stooges

film 18 of 26

Termites of 1938

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 29, 2015

Great open. Moe gets shot out of a cannon—it makes sense in the movie—which leaves his ears ringing, so that he doesn’t quite hear that the lady wants an escort, not an exterminator. The high-class meal is nice. It’s a pretty sloppy sequence, but the ramshackle quality in these films is important in a lot of ways, so that we don’t—shouldn’t!—mind it. As in Pardon My Scotch the toffs all follow the Stooges’ lead. This usually signifies disorder or anarchy, and that possibility certainly fits here. But what if it meant mutability, or social mobility, or even a class Utopia? There’s no reason these lovely guys can’t lead the way.

Curly break dances, and Moe saws that bass fiddle in half.