Three Stooges VHS Tapes

2013-10-20 15.28.13

Shortly after graduating high school I moved out into my first apartment. It was there where I learned what being broke was like. The majority of my income went to rent, car insurance and gas, and Taco Bell. What few dollars I had left (if any) at the end of each month went to movie and video game rentals. When we didn’t have enough money to rent ninja movies we had to fall back on the few VHS tapes we owned.

These were a few of those. I grew up a fan of the Three Stooges and picked these up at various thrift stores. The first tape you see here contains a few episodes of the Three Stooges cartoons. Most of them were spectacularly bad.

I don’t remember what was on the tape on the right, but if I remember correctly it contained some TV clips from the Stooges later in their career. Also horrible.

“Simply Hilarious,” however, was awesome. There were a few episodes that fell into public domain and were released over and over, and this tape contained four of them: Disorder in the Court, Brideless Groom, Malice in the Palace, and Sing a Song of Six Pants. All four shorts contain Moe and Larry. The first one has Curly, while the other three contain Shemp.

I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve seen these episodes. A hundred? A thousand? My friends and I watched this tape so many times that we literally knew every word to every episode. I have seen every Three Stooges short now many times, but these four episodes specifically, I have memorized. Whenever I hear the phrase “any color” I always respond with “henna color at all?” Whenever one of my kids makes a wrong guess I say “you’re wrong, quiz kid.” My favorite pretend threat is “I’ll squeeze the cider out of your Adam’s apple.” I occasionally break out into an off key rendition of “The Voice of Spring” in the shower. Any time I see a wig or a toupee I shout, “a tarantula!” All of these jokes came from these episodes. These lines and more became a part of my every day vocabulary.

All of these episodes are on Youtube now. I’ll add my favorite below and you can find the others on Youtube.

Now, “hold hands you love birds!”

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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5 thoughts on “Three Stooges VHS Tapes

  1. Paula Watson says:

    I love your post. I am a Stooge lover, as well. They used to be on our local TV station after school, and when my Dad worked the day shift, he was home in time for us to enjoy them together. It’s a great memory of him and of those times. So last year, when Amazon had the complete DVD 3 Stooge Collection on sale – half price – I couldn’t resist, and now I have as much Stooge as I want! My life is more enjoyable now…thanks for your loyalty to the “boys”…..Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

  2. I got a tape of the 3 stooges toon back in the late 80s or so, I bought it new, though it was one of those ~$2 tapes they sold at cheapo stores. I liked it because it was new to me (I had seen robonic stooges & the stooges meet scooby doo, but had never heard of those cambria cartoons). Everyone who’s seen those cambria toons rips on them, but I don’t think they were so bad. Granted, the animation was low end, but that didn’t prevent bullwinkle or underdog from becoming classics. Now I’m not saying these stooges toons are the best in the world, but they’re not as terrible as everyone treats them.

  3. Dan (Paradroyd) says:

    I also remember every line in pretty much every Stooge short. A local St. Louis TV station. KPLR channel 11 ran them late every Saturday night for over 20 years, and I was there every Saturday night into Sunday morning every week. I very seldom missed it. I got ahold of a couple of those VHS tapes over the years too. One of them was the stooges late in their careers (post-Shemp) doing a live TV variety show. That was pretty weird to see. They mostly did variations of their older stuff (as they did in a lot of their late shorts).

    Like you, I like their earliest stuff the best (Disorder in the Court, Three little Pigskins, etc.) though some of the Shemp stuff was great too. How about the one where Shemp was dead and haunted the other two? (“Heavenly Daze”, I think it was.)

    Great stuff!

  4. Ah yes, the one where Moe and Larry develop the pen that can write under whipped cream with the life insurance money? I love that one!

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