Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Three Stooges--Restless Knights

Restless Knights is obviously another Stooge period piece.  It is set in in the 17th century.  It is also the first of their shorts that I have not enjoyed.  For whatever reason, Restless Knights just does not click.

The stooges are brothers called into their dying ather’s room to hear a confession--they are of noble blood.  Moe is the Fife of Drum, Larry is the Duke of Mixture, and Curly is Baron (Barren) of Brain.  They are charged by the father to protect the Queen of Anesthesia, who is being plotted against by the evil prime minister.  The Stooges become her royal guard, but she is kidnapped anyway when they are distracted.  They escape execution and save the queen from her imprisonment in the wine cellar.

Barren of Brain is an appropriate title for Restless Knights.  There is not much here to keep the viewer interested.  There is a wrestling sequence in the middle that rags the short with its lack of amusing antics.  The short ends abruptly with the rescued queen and the stooges knocking themselves unconscious.  Not the most creative conclusion, no?

I will give props to some jokes featured, however.  Or once, they top the slapstick.  For example:

 MOE: Hold on a minute, now! Ain't there another way we can die?
 ARCHER: You may either have your head cut off, or be burned at the stake!
 LARRY: Cut my head off!
 CURLY: Not me, I'd rather be burned at the stake!
 LARRY: Why?
 CURLY: A hot steak is better than a cold chop!

Now that is funny.  But it is one of the only funny bits.  Restless Knights is considerably shorter than previous Stooge offerings.  Consider the smaller length merciful.

Rating: * (out of 5) 

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