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    Gary
    Gary
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    Just watched this title again tonight, and as usual I’m very underwhelmed by it. In fact, of the boys pre-split titles (everything before “Little Giant”/”Time of their Lives”), this one ranks as one of my least favorite. It almost has a 3 Stooges feel to it (more slap-stick and less word play) than we had seen up to this point in their career. We know this film was the first one in over a year after Lou came down with Rheumatic Fever, and it shows. There’s something decidedly different about him. He’s lost some of the boyish charm, and who could blame him after the tragedies of real life.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on this film?

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    Joe N
    Joe N
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    There is a very different Lou Costello on the screen. I would attribute it more to him recently losing his son. I believe the film also suffers because of Universals rush to put it out before MGM’s Lost in a Harem. When Lou returned to work the boys went to MGM first to film ‘Lost’. Although Lou is definitely different in these two films, I believe he gives a better performance in Lost. Plus the film flows better. The production values are better and most of the gags are better. Which makes it an overall better film. All of this said, I would compare the two films as opposed to a comparison to the 3 stooges.

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    Gary
    Gary
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    Good thoughts, Joe. There’s absolutely no doubt that Lou Jr’s death was a big reason Lou seemed so “different” in both those films. And while I agree that Harem is slightly better than Society, I honestly can’t say I care for either at all. I never was a fan of the MGM films overall. The pricey sets and elaborate soundstages always gave those films a “stuffy” feel to me. I much preferred the outdoor settings when filming took place at Universal.

    My reason for linking Society to a 3 Stooges film had to do with all the physical humor, and especially the silly ending that was just like several of the Stooges endings. It was just surreal to me and so unlike other A&C film endings.

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    Anonymous

    I get what your saying, but I am a plumber and I love the bathroom seen.

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