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  1. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    I suppose it's conceivable that Stooge scenes that depicted cigarettes, cigars and smoking were considered ripe for cutting not because of any supposed drug associations but simply because it was smoking, period, and combined with a presumption that the TV and video audiences were primarily...
  2. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    OK, not debating here, but now I think I get what I didn't, or maybe should have, before. Do I have this right? You yourself saw Stooges shorts in midnight movie shows that had parts in them you hadn't seen before, or later, when you saw the same shorts on TV or home video. Right?
  3. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    Me neither, but I guess the way I got familiar with it was mainly from 30s-40s movies on TV. I think from my mother, too, who was a smoker who'd started back when she'd been a modern young woman of the 1920s. Smokers would use “coffin nail” in a cynically joking way. Even when the cancer angle...
  4. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    It was common slang at the time, and actually dates back to the 1880s. https://greensdictofslang.com/entry/2qonojy
  5. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    OK, thanks for the amplification. And no, I don't think you're a loon, any more than I am (take that any way you wish ;)). But what it appears to boil down to is that the assumption that censorship was applied to any of these things comes just from the way organizers of some midnight movie...
  6. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    I still can't tell exactly what you're talking about. What was censored, exactly? The word rope? Artichoke? From exactly what film or TV show was it censored? A Three Stooges short? A Blondie episode? And exactly where was it censored? From a film print shown in a theater? On a DVD? In a TV...
  7. Paul Penna

    The Case of The Missing Stooge Stoge

    Sounds to me like you're hearing things where you want to hear them. Slang and jokes about cigars, particularly cheap ones, being like rope go way back. The gag brand name “El Ropo” is a cartoon staple. And rhyming word-play with artichoke - the word itself was almost built for comedy - could be...
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