Posted November 23 2011 - 10:13 AM
Schilling & Lane. I was sure such a set was listed for issue or was issued but then later I could no longer find any reference to it and I could get no response from the places I had seen it listed. Rather strange. I guess I have all the Three Stooges material and over all the quality is superb(video & audio). The none Three Stooges were shown on early Australian TV under a generic title: Hilarious Hundreds. I got to see Keaton, Andy Clyde, Langdon etc. The Stooges were in the package but were butchered. They would show one sort of complete and then show the second in the same 30mins spot with ads(less ads then allocated). This meant the second one was heavily butchered to fit. I went to a Catholic boys' college for Year 7-up and one of the kids in my class had a father at the station and used to bring matchboxes to school with 16mm frames or strips from these Stooges shorts. He wanted to go into TV and later, when I was working, I came across him near the same school filming a car accident in the pouring rain and it was for same TV station that butchered those films.
But there were lots of other shorts besides the series we are talking about that I have seen little of that Columbia handled, even if on distribution(unfortunately they had too much on distribution where the rights have reverted elsewhere along with the chance of clean restoration or anything else). There were certainly musical gems right back to 1929.
We can live in hope.