Slapstick Cinema

The Three Stooges is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 11 February, 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. To celebrate the release, we’re going to take a look at other famously funny slapstick films through the age of cinema.

Keystone Cops

Also spelled “Keystone Kops”, were fictional incompetent policemen, featured in silent film comedies in the early 20th century. The movies were produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917.

Their first film was Hoffmeyer’s Legacy (1912) but their popularity stemmed from the 1913 short The Bangville Police starring Mabel Normand.

As early as 1914, Sennet shifted the Keystone Cops from starring roles to background ensemble, in support of comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle.

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Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema.

Composed of Englishman Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and large American Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), they became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy.

They made over 100 films together including Sons of the Desert (1933), the Academy Award winning short film The Music Box (1932), Babes in Toyland (1934), and Way Out West (1937).

Hardy’s catchphrase “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” is still widely recognized.

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- The Threes Stooges

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the early to mid-twentieth century best known for their numerous short subject films. Their hallmark was physical farce and extreme slapstick.

In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their first names: “Moe, Larry, and Curly”.

The classic Stooge-isms have been recreated by The Farrelly Brothers with an exceptional cast including Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiam, Seinfield), Jane Lynch (Dino Times, Glee), Sofia Vergara (New Year’s Eve, Modern Family), Sean Hayes (Hit and Run, Up All Night), Will Sasso (How I Met your Mother, Moving Day) and Chris Diamantopoulos (The Goodwin Games).

This heartwarming tale of friendship and brotherhood has twists and turns of mishap and wisecracks sure to give the entire family a giggle. But can the loveable buffoons save the day or will their comical cluelessness end up with catastrophic consequences?

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