Fraidy Cat

There were many third stooges over the years. It started with Shemp, then Curly took over when the act got big. Shemp came back when Curly got sick and stuck with the act until his death. He was replaced in 1957 by Joe Besser. Truth be told, Besser is probably my least favorite stooge. He’s…

Shorts Week: Woman Haters

In my younger days, I spent many summer afternoons watching old Three Stooges films on channel 32 in Chicago. My grandfather especially loved the stooges, so I have fond memories of watching them with him. Their films were shown on television over and over summer after summer. I imagine I have probably seen all of…

Shorts Week: How to Sleep

With the popularity of Jaws in the 1970’s, I became familiar with the name of the man who wrote the novel it was based on, Peter Benchley. Writing was something that ran in the Benchley family apparently, as his grandfather was Robert Benchley, columnist for The New Yorker and member of the famed Algonquin Round…

Shorts Week

Once upon a time, when you went to the movie theater for the evening you might see several feature films, plus a selection of short subjects. I often wish shorts were still a part of the movie going experience. Well, this week we’re going to spend a little time celebrating short subjects. We’ll be looking…