Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Three Stooges-Dizzy Doctors (1937)

This short is one of the many classics the team made with Curly during their halcyon years of the mid 30s to early 40s. Dizzy Doctors is a frantic, fast-paced slapstick affair with great gags, fast dialog and more of the familiar Columbia players.

The boys play shiftless husbands who spend the day sleeping while the wives are hard at work. When the wives throw them out of the house to get a job, the boys try selling a new "miracle" product called Brighto. After a series of misadventures, trying to find out what Brighto does, the boys find that it's medicine and head for the nearest hospital to ply their trade.

At the hospital, many tried and true gags are performed (some reminiscent of Men in Black). One patient wants to sleep like Rip Van Winkle, another has dandruff! (Does that warrant a hospital stay?) Needless to say the boys try Brighto on them both! When Moe decides to see the "head" man, it turns out to be our old friend, Vernon Dent (whose car was an earlier victim of Brighto). A wild chase follows thru the hospital, highlighted by more Columbia "chicanery," with stunt doubles and bad voice-overs.

This is part of the charm of the Stooge shorts, picking out the silly studio gaffes. The boys make a hasty exit on a gurney, with a bed sheet as a sail and "sail" home, not without crashing into a taxi cab. The short ends with the Stooges back home in bed, as they began the adventure.

Stooge perennial Bud Jamison also has a small part as a cop who is a victim of "Brighto". Most baby boomers will remember the boys' little chant:Brighto,brighto-makes old bodies new-we'll sell a million bottles-o.Woo woo woo woo woo woo.
Dizzy Doctors is available on Vol.2 of the Sony Stooges collection.

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