The Luso World Cinema Blogathon – The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)


This is the final of 4 reviews celebrating Portuguese heritage in Film for The Luso World Cinema Blogathon being hosted by Beth of Spellbound By Movies and Letícia Magalhães of Crítica Retrô.

Thanks for letting me partake!

“What do you normally do when somebody mails you a bomb?” – Moe

“I mail it back.” – Curly Joe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis –  While the Three Stooges are trying to get their variety show contract renewed, they come across a scientist trying to create a military vessel that can be used on land, sea, air and in outer space.

My Take on it – When trying to pick films to review for this blogathon, I decided that the best way to connect with the theme was to find actors with Portuguese heritage and watch some of their work.

While going through the list, I saw that Curly Joe (one of the Three Stooges) fit this category and therefore felt that it was the perfect opportunity to watch one of their films from late in their career.

I have seen Stooges shorts over the years, but this is the first time that I believe that I’ve seen a full length film.

The film is terrible when it comes to the plot and story yet is quite fun to watch due to the way that these characters always manage to utilize slapstick comedy so well.

Unfortunately, the advanced age of these characters is quite apparent ere and the amount of energy and enthusiasm that these characters have is lessened which hurts things a bit too much.

The premise jumps around too much and fails to find any amount of plausibility in the story which also hurts things since it cant find a clear anchor for things.

Was great seeing the Stooges in action, but the story needs so much work to make it enjoyable.

The special effects and costumes for the alien aspects of the film are quite humorous to watch since they are outrageously terrible throughout.

Bottom Line – Fun yet completely outrageous Stooges film. The slapstick humor works quite well yet the fact that it’s easy to see the advanced age of the Stooges takes so much away from this film. The premise itself doesn’t find a way to even seem plausible and that also hurts the way that this story can be perceived.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Professor Danforth’s cartoon machine was based on a real technique being developed by producer Norman Maurer. It involved filming live action actors in special high contrast makeup and costumes and using special processing techniques to create cartoon like images without the expensive labor intensive hand drawn process. The process never succeeded and the animated footage, and the Three Stooges cartoon series were created using traditional techniques. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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3 thoughts on “The Luso World Cinema Blogathon – The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)

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