Columbia TriStar Home Video is slowly also beginning to unveil DVD plans for this year’s Halloween and the studio has just announced the release of six new classic episodes of The Three Stooges on one DVD on September 5.
The DVD will carry the name Three Stoogers: Spook Louder and contains the following six episodes.
Spook Louder, in which the Stooges are salesmen selling a weight-reducing machine. They have no luck until they show up at the house of an eccentric inventor where they are hired as caretakers. When the scientist goes to Washington to demonstrate his death-ray machine to the government, the boys are left to guard his house and must contend with enemy spies and a mysterious pie thrower.
Set in ancient Egypt, in Mummy’s Dummies, the Stooges run a used chariot lot where they unload defective chariots on unsuspecting customers. When they con the head of the palace guard, they’re brought to the palace to be executed, but instead become royal chamberlains after curing the King’s toothache. When they recover some tax money stolen by a corrupt official, the King rewards them with marriage to his daughter. After getting a look at the ugly crone, Moe and Larry select Shemp to be the groom.
Shivering Sherlock is the title of another episode in which the Stooges witness an armed robbery and are brought in by the cops as suspects. After passing a lie detector test, the boys are freed but are now the only ones who can identify the crooks. Meanwhile, their friend Gladys has inherited a house in the country and the boys go with her to inspect it so she’ll get a fair price when it’s sold. The house turns out to be the crooks“ hideout, and when the crooks abduct Gladys, the Stooges must rescue her.
In The Ghost Talks, the Stooges are movers for an express company. On a rainy night, they are sent to move some junk, including a suit of armor, from a spooky old house. The ghost of Peeping Tom, who has no intention of leaving, haunts the armor. The ghost foils the Stooges” attempts to take the armor, until Lady Godiva shows up and the two ride off together.
Hokus Pokus is the title of the next episode and the Stooges are taking care of their invalid friend Mary who is confined to a wheelchair. What they don’t know is that Mary is only faking her disability to swindle the insurance company. When the boys witness a hypnotist, “The Great Svengarlic,” doing his act on the street, they think he might be able to hypnotize Mary so she can walk. Instead, they become subjects for his show and are hypnotized into walking out on a flagpole high above the ground. When they come out of their trance and realize their predicament, they fall into a window, startling Mary, who jumps from her wheelchair just as the insurance adjuster is about to hand her a check.
In Fright Night, the final episode on the disc, the Stooges are managers of “Chopper”, a beefy boxer, and they bet their bankroll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they’ll lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty. The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for his opponent and the two boxers engage in some pre-match fisticuffs that result in a broken hand for the opponent. The Stooges think they’ve put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward.
“The Stooges: Spook Louder” will contain all episodes in their original black and white fullscreen format with English, Spanish and Portuguese audio tracks. The disc will carry a suggested retail price of $24.95 and be available on September 5.