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Monday, March 21, 2016

Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959)

Starring The Three Stooges, Jerome Cowan, Anna Lisa, Bob Colbert, Don Lamond
Directed by David Lowell Rich
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

The Three Stooges, while working as maintenance men on an interstellar rocket project, accidentally launch themselves into outer space, and land on the planet Venus.

I'm not a fan of The Three Stooges, and have only seen snippets of their classic shorts, so can't really judge if this film, made fairly late in their career compares favorably to their best output, although from what I've read it doesn't.  Fans of the Stooges and those enamored with their comic hijinks and abusive behavior towards each other should find plenty of the same in this picture, along with enough silly sci-fi to complement the trio's act, including a giant spider, a talking unicorn, and sinister duplicates of the Stooges themselves.  In many ways it's a giant mess of a movie, but it has a certain charm, and the filmmakers do a pretty competent job of spreading out the trio's act over the feature's running time without it becoming tiresome.

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