NIGHTCLUBS: Refinished Antiques

The most startling comeback of many a show business season is being staged by a trio of Brillo-headed knockabouts called The Three Stooges. Historically, they belong to the era when the Marx Brothers crammed more humanity into a ship's stateroom than a dormitoryful of college students assaulting a telephone booth. Clutching the slapstick just as hard, over the course of 24 years the Stooges cranked out 194 pie-faced comedies for Columbia Pictures, most of them two-reelers designed to run as curtain raisers before the main feature.

Eventually, the change in comedy styles...

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