Flying Saucer Daffy

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Flying Saucer Daffy
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Directed by Jules White
Produced byJules White
Written by Jack White
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe Besser
Gail Bonney
Emil Sitka
Harriette Tarler
Diana Darrin
Bek Nelson
Joe Palma
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited bySaul A. Goodkind
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 9, 1958 (1958-10-09)(U.S.)
Running time
16:14
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Flying Saucer Daffy is a 1958 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe Besser). It is the 187th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

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Plot

Joe's accidental snapshot of a paper plate blown by a breeze, is mistaken for a picture of a UFO. However, Moe and Larry take the credit for the photo, and are paid a huge sum while Joe is reduced to the status of their servant. Moe and Larry are arrested when their UFO picture is revealed to be a fraud by the government. Angered, the older woman servant, banishes joe for causing the arrests of both Moe and Larry, Joe isolated himself with a camping trip, only to meet two genuine and beautiful aliens from Planet Zircon who allow Joe to photograph them. Moe and Larry are released from jail briefly on probation to allow themselves to pay back the government for the fraudulent photo, when Joe arrived with the great news, in which the other stooges don't believe, and repeatedly strike Joe, until joe manages to strike both stooges and the older woman unconsciously. Joe becomes a national hero, celebrating his photo achievement while riding with his new beautiful aliens in a ticker-tape parade; Moe and Larry are put in straitjackets and incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital.

Production notes

Flying Saucer Daffy features Moe and Larry's more "gentlemanly" haircuts, first suggested by Joe Besser. However, these had to be used sparingly, as most of the shorts with Besser were remakes of earlier films, and new footage had to be matched with old. [1] Besser later reported that Flying Saucer Daffy was his favorite Stooge comedy. [1] The short features stock footage from Earth vs the Flying Saucers . [2]

Over the course of their 24 years at Columbia Pictures, the Stooges would occasionally be cast as separate characters. This course of action always worked against the team; author Jon Solomon concluded "when the writing divides them, they lose their comic dynamic." [2] In addition to this split occurring in Flying Saucer Daffy, the trio also played separate characters in Rockin' in the Rockies , He Cooked His Goose (and its remake Triple Crossed ), Gypped in the Penthouse , Cuckoo on a Choo Choo and Sweet and Hot . [2]

End of an era

Though Flying Saucer Daffy was not the last short subject released by the Stooges (that honor goes to Sappy Bull Fighters ), it was the last one produced. Filming took place on December 19–20, 1957. [1] Several hours after filming wrapped, the Stooges were unceremoniously fired from Columbia Pictures after 24 years making low-budget shorts. Joan Howard Maurer, daughter of Moe Howard, wrote the following in 1982:

"The boys' careers had suddenly come to an end. They were at Columbia one day and gone the next—no 'Thank yous,' no farewell party for their 24 years of dedication and service and the dollars their comedies had reaped for the studio. Moe Howard recalled that a few weeks after their exit from Columbia, he drove to the studio to say goodbye to several studio executives when he was stopped by a guard at the gate (obviously, not a Stooges fan) and, since he did not have the current year's studio pass, was refused entry. For the moment, it was a crushing blow." [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Maurer, Joan Howard; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. pp. 87, 266. ISBN   0-8065-0946-5.
  2. 1 2 3 Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 316, 376, 510–513. ISBN   0-9711868-0-4.