"Heavenly Daze" (1948, short number 109 in the Columbia series) begins unusually on a supernatural plane. Shemp seeks admittance into Heaven but is told by a St. Peter type (played by Moe in a long silvery beard) that he must reform the other two Stooges before he can enter. There is some good fun as he frightens not only Larry and Moe, who have inherited his $140 and are planning a swindle, but the now-unacceptable black butler. It would have been better, perhaps, had Shemp been invisible to viewers as well as the Stooges, but that would have called for expensive special effects.
"The Ghost Talks" (1949, number 113) has the boys in a haunted castle that has actual ghosts, the chief of which is the spirit of Peeping Tom. Here, in a flashback, we see he did not look on purpose at Lady Godiva, but his punishment was swift and terrible: a pie in the face. When a very bored sounding Godiva shows up in a bathing suit and rides off with the suit of armor inhabited by Tom, pies from the past end this uneven film.
"Hokus Pokus" (1949, number 115) has the boys waiting hand and foot (and foot in mouth) on a beautiful blonde (Mary Ainslee) who is in a wheelchair to defraud an insurance company. Working in a theater to help her out, the boys run into a hypnotist who tries to get publicity by getting them out on a flagpole to dance. With obviously painted backdrops, there are no thrills; but their efforts to get back in do tie in with the original plot, which is not always the case in this series. --Frank Behrens
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