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Dashing Thru the Stars- The 3 Stooges "Have Rocket, Will Travel"- Tonight!

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We like to have our pre-Christmas show be something a little lighter in nature whenever we can, in keeping with the season- and what could be more appropriate than a movie that has a jolly plump gentleman taking a trip through the skies? However, his assistants are not elves- and they aren’t planning on coming down the chimney- they’re heading to Venus! That gent with the jolly jelly belly also is NOT St. Nick- it’s Curly Joe DeRita, in the final combination of the 3 Stooges- who swoops into the stratosphere with Moe Howard and Larry Fine – and, since they don’t have a sleigh, they say “Have Rocket, Will Travel”!

In 1959, this was the very first feature film starring the Stooges, who are working as maintenance men at the National Space Foundation. All is not well at the agency- their latest rocket launch is the latest in a string of failures. Speaking of failures, the missile has crash –landed right near the Stooges- who are snoozing in their headquarters. They hear such a clatter, they spring from their beds to see what was the matter- and go to examine the rocket, just as their ill-tempered  boss J.P. Morris, pretty scientist Dr. Ingrid Naarveg and psychologist Ted Benson arrive. This latest disappointment will cost Morris a whopping $10 million! The boys are given the key to the rocket ( rockets had keys back then?) and are assigned to guard it -and also retrieve a monkey that was aboard the spaceship.

Dr. Ingrid and Ted return to their laboratory in search of answers – though it would seem  Ted is searching for a little romance with the brainy blonde- who is more interested in her work than the scientific suitor! Meanwhile, the Stooges, engaged in their usual bumbling mayhem,  accidentally do something right and get the rocket back into  a ready-to-launch position. Their mission somewhat accomplished, they go back to their usual cleaning chores in the laboratory-just in time to hear J.P. give Ingrid some sad news- due to all the recent failures, the board of directors will end the project – and her employment- if she doesn’t solve the rocket’s fuel and thrust problems before their next meeting. The Stooges, not only taken by her beauty but also by her kindness to them, decide that it is their duty to help discover a fuel that can send the now-righted rocket successfully into space- and save Ingrid’s job.

Once again, totally by accident, the boys succeed, brewing up a new kind of powerful fuel -and devise a way to pump it into the ship’s fuel tank. Unfortunately, J.P. catches them in the act- and the Stooges flee to hide out in the rocket. When J.P. stumbles onto the line that has refueled the ship-he accidentally causes it to blast off!

As the boys head out into outer space, they find themselves dealing with everything from meteor showers to weightlessness- oblivious to the new dangers that await them when they land on Venus- like fire-breathing tarantulas, talking unicorns, and a malevolent robot with amazing powers- and a sinister plan for the boys!

This film was the next step in the revival of the Stooges’ popularity, which was sparked when their old Columbia comedy shorts were released to TV in the 50s, and became a huge hit with a new generation!. Though it’s nice to see Moe and Larry, no matter how much older they appear to be, Joe DeRita ( not quite as annoying a third Stooges as Joe Besser was) tries a little too hard at times to imitate the original Curly, Jerry Howard. Regardless, reconstituted Stooges are better than no Stooges, especially when they reprise a lot of the slapstick routines we know from the shorts- plus some business they were prohibited from doing in their films that followed, which we’ll explain! We’ll go over the history of how the boys arrived at this point in their careers, introduce some of the cast, get some Stooges insights from Gilbert Gottfried, and – even get a visit from Sventa Claus!

“Have Rocket, Will Travel” blasts off tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, and you can check for time and channel in your area in your local listings, or at www.metv.com . Chicago area viewers can again get some revenge- the “Revenge of Frankenstein”, Hammer style, this morning at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

Our latest action figure has gotten down to less than the last third of our supply- so we encourage you to order yours sooner than later if you are interested.

We hope you enjoy the interplanetary insanity with the Stooges tonight- and take this opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas- please  spread love, happiness and kindness- and good will to your fellow man! Make the world a brighter place!

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RickGrymes 2 months ago
here’s one for you 80’s afficianados
tell me why were they chasing him in the video
Ravenwoman RickGrymes 2 months ago
LOL! 💖this! 😁
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Catbat what $1.76 for gas 😨 🚗.....⛽

Yes review on Aquaman
going to see it next week
Yahoo 🍿🍫🍿

I just love no chores
day 🎉😄🎉

Take care have fun😉
Catbat CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Hey Carrie Aquaman was Fin Tastic! You will love it!
Trout Catbat 2 months ago
I see what u did there 🐱‍👤🦇😁
daleuhlmann 2 months ago
As we bid farewell to the Stooges, the planet Venus, and a talking unicorn, I must admit how impressed I was by how many bloggers from roughly my generation first discovered the comedy team the same way I did, on afternoon weekday children's TV. While New Yorkers had Officer Joe Bolton, we northeast Ohioans had Captain Penny's Clubhouse on WEWS, Channel 5, from Cleveland. Channel 5 employee Ron Penrod, who played Captain Penny in traditional railroad engineer garb, would host Three Stooges and Little Rascals shorts. He would frequently remind kids to NOT, like the Stooges, slap or eyepoke their siblings and friends. On WJW, Channel 8, also from Cleveland, we could watch, about an hour earlier, Laurel and Hardy shorts on GHOULARDI, LAUREL, AND HARDY, hosted by the station's late night horror movie host Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson.
Catbat 2 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Afternoon All!
Having a Great time up here in Ohio with my Beloved Beau 😊
The weather here is supposed to be 60 today. So far it just rained a bit. No snow yet. Christmas day was just a lot of travel hours.
Had class this morning. It went really well. No mistakes on my homework! Yeah me 🍻.
Cooked breakfast for the guys. Made Chorizo and egg burritios topped with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. Plus I made a side of fried taters.
Dale and I are gonna go see Aquaman! We will give you a review after.
Carrie and Scottie O gas ⛽ here is $1.76!
My Jeep is gonna love it here. Can you say "Road 🛣️ Trip? I know you can. "Haha 😂
Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas. My best gift was Dale ❤️
We are working on setting up a meet time with Sam. I talked to him this morning.
I'll try to check in more often.
Tomorrow I'm here for sure. No chores even. Haha 😂
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Hi Lynn have a nice
day 🍃⚘🍃 Keep
warm and cozy we are having a cold day of
49* today ❄💙❄
Take care.
Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Thanks, Carrie. Be good to yourself.
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Good morning 😻
Catbat hope you are
having a nice time!
I have a feeling your super busy😉
Have a great day 🤓
hi Dale!

Check in 😻🦇
Hi, there, Carrie! I hope you had a great Christmas.
Hi Dale 🤓
I did have a nice Christmas 🎄 I hope you all did too♥️

Shhh😉but I'm glad that's over!
Hello to Catbat😻
Catbat CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Hey Carrie 🙋 Me too Haha
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Good morning ⛄
Happy Friday Eve
Sven right around
the corner 😱 ya!

The movie I have seen
a couple of times but I
can not seem to know
what the movie is about
Ha ha is that bad thing
🏝🤔🏝 I'm sure it will
Come back to me when
I see the movie again
🍿📺🍭

Well this morning very chilly ❄🐧❄ 32* Ice on the neighbors roof tops
and on the grass pretty
not too thick and the cars are also dusted white with ice 🎑

Staying in too cold😨
for me I have enough things to do indoors to keep me busy🤗

"Wow" New Years on it's
way 🎉 this year really
went by quick!

Have a nice day⛸
do something fun🙆‍♀️
TheKodakKid 2 months ago


And I don’t like the way that Moose over there is eying us either.
TheKodakKid 2 months ago
A few celebrity birthdays of note.

Actress Nichelle Nichols is 86. We’re sending her birthday greetings on all hailing frequencies, Captain.

Actress Maggie Smith is 84. One of the most popular British actresses of our time.

Singer-instrumentialist Edgar Winter is 72. With this blog group, I’m going to have to guess that his song “Frankenstein” was his biggest hit.

On this date in 1895, the Lumiere brothers (Auguste and Louis) held the first public showing of their movies in Paris.
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 2 months ago
Yes, the Lumiere Brothers' "Magic Lantern" projection device was the forerunner of both Edison's motion picture camera and Kinetoscope.
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 2 months ago
Happy birthday, Lt. Uhura!
RickGrymes 2 months ago
saw this weird strange Bright Blue Sky all the way up here in Westchester
Then it suddenly went out like somebody flipped the switch off
my brother sent me these photos from CNN
MrGotham RickGrymes 2 months ago
Hey Rick, it was really Vivid down here in Manhattan, everyone screaming Aliens lol, hearing it was a huge Con Edison Transformer that blew in one of the outer boroughs, the Blue Sky was really funky in the night time sky, a bit scary too, was watching it from the roof of my building.
TheKodakKid RickGrymes 2 months ago
Sounds like the start of a great movie to see on Svengoolie. Right down to using transformer explosion as a cover story to keep people from panicking. Course, a transformer explosion could have been caused by a squirrel.
Trout TheKodakKid 2 months ago
Transformer explosion? We know a thing or two, cause we've seen a thing or two.
-These aren't the Transformers your looking for...😁
Ravenwoman Trout 2 months ago
These two boys can't possibly be native New Yorker's! I was born and raised in Queens County and didn't even notice it! 😁🗽LOL! You could nuke me out of my recliner and I wouldn't notice it!
Good morning☕
It is a beautiful shade of blue 😉
Have a nice day.
MrGotham Ravenwoman 2 months ago
Sure am a native
ms Ravenwoman
born and bred in The Big 🍎
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Hi Catbat and Dale it's 47* at 5:00pm going to be 33* tonight ❄😨❄

I think it's warmer in
Ohio enjoy it because
it is so chilly🐧 here in
In Ca.

It feels like I'm up in
the mountains playing
In snow when the sun goes down and starts getting so chilly ⛄
It is cold and fresh air smells great but you talk and it looks like you 😉
smoking ha!

See you later👻

CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
I went out today to shop
a little for a couple of friends gifts 💕

Cold cold ❄😨❄ and windy it was 49*

Colder tomorrow so went out today and
not Friday we are🤖
having a hard freeze staying indoors no way I'm going out ⛄

Pj day sounds like a great Idea for tomorrow staying Home 🏡

My husband has to go out 🤠 he will come back home frozen!

I do not want to turn into permanent snow
flake ❄

Have a good evening
🌒 and keep cozy
warm♨️
Bill_K 2 months ago
Mr. Gotham:

I am a day late in welcoming you to the Board, so Welcome to the Board!

I am an ex New Yorker and grew up in Murray Hill (East 27th Street btw 2nd and 3rd) so you are probably within 3 to 4 miles of where I lived.

Folks on the Board here are very supportive.
WILLOUGHBY Bill_K 2 months ago
Everyone......except me.
MrGotham Bill_K 2 months ago
Hey Bill Yes not too far from you on the Lex. Line
I own and Live in a building near
86th & Park. The building has been in the Family for 4 generations and will eventually be passed on to my Sons and their children
Great people live here for many years most are rent stabilized and controlled so they Do Not move under any circumstances
The Actor Jerry Orbach lived here till his passing, Samuel L. Jackson and Katherine Hepburn also lived here for some time.
Quirky but Interesting people
Carl_N_Brown Bill_K 2 months ago
Willoughby is like me, we try to be good, and usually, well, try sincerely.
RickGrymes 2 months ago
Got to be just the cutest pic i ever saw, imagine this tiny young feline with grow into a 200lb. Skilled mountain ambush predator; The Nepalese Snow Leopard.
Carl_N_Brown RickGrymes 2 months ago
awwww so cute
Lucyc RickGrymes 2 months ago
Oh what a little doll. They are beautiful creatures. Sadly, they are an endangered species. I saw a documentary about some of the native people in Tibet. They actually bring their livestock in some building at night to protect them from the snow leopards. This is to protect not only their animals , but to also try and keep from having to kill the leopard.
The1Butler 2 months ago
Yes 12 days of xmas! 2 days and more Svengoolie!
Jerry 2 months ago
It's 53 degrees in Central Illinois, It's nice for this time of year so I am not complaining
Jerry 2 months ago
I partied on Christmas Eve and Christmas, I might recouperate before Svengoolie Day
daDoctah Jerry 2 months ago
I went out and delivered food for Postmates on Christmas Day. I figured while people are staying at home with family, a lot of them are going to want something prepared and brought to them by someone else from the few restaurants that *are* open, plus as I discovered there was almost no traffic on the streets so I could get places way faster than usual.

Made over a hundred bucks for the day and didn't even get started until after 2pm. And got to meet a bunch of my fellow drivers when Benihana's operations started to buckle under the weight of all that extra business.
MADave 2 months ago
Hello gang I’m just sitting here listening to the new Elvis Presley 68 special 50th anniversary cd/Blu-ray boxset audio cds sound great and I’m hoping I’ll be watching the Blu-Rays as son as my brother hooks up my new blu ray player which he gave me for Christmas my mom gave me the Elvis set so does anyone have ant favorite gifts they’ve received on Christmas? PatS I forgot to tell you thank you for the beautiful Christmas card it’s ok if it sang Scooby Doo!
MADave MADave 2 months ago
That should say it’s ok if it wasn’t Scooby Doo! Not sang Scooby Doo! Where’s that autocorrect option?
Jerry MADave 2 months ago
The Best things I received for Christmas were some very nice kisses
MADave Jerry 2 months ago
Awww!
RickGrymes MADave 2 months ago
Hey dave, the greatest gift I received for Christmas was the fact that my family and i placed All the Dogs, Cats, puppies, kittens a few ferrets and a Big Iguana Lizard into forever homes at the pawscrossed animal shelter in Westchester ny last weekend, we did take home 3 pups & 3 kittens, will keep one of each and the other 4 we will find good homes, didn’t want to see one animal left alone in the shelter
It was a Banner 4 days of work
Very fun, satisfying and more importantly the good lives for the future of these delightful companions.
BTW my wife & daughters I mean Santa lol got me a 10 game weekend NY Yankee mini season plan for 2....
TheKodakKid Jerry 2 months ago
Jerry, should you be admitting that publicly, or is it ok if you aren’t naming names?
TheKodakKid MADave 2 months ago
My favorite gift this year was from my father. It is a combination radio/CD/cassette/record player. It is also Bluetooth compatible. To top it off, it’s made to look like an old-fashioned radio.

Lol, not much of a surprise though. I picked it out.

Hi TheKodakkid
nice 😊 I have one almost like it and I love it 🎵
Enjoy using it 😉
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Good morning Lynn
have a nice day and keep warm 🍥☕🍥
Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Thank you, Carrie, same to you!
PatS 2 months ago
Hope you all are finding ways to get through this confusing interim between holidays and "back to the usual." We went to a nice little party last night -- about ten friends, Christmas leftovers shared and two Scrabble boards. A friend of mine in Seattle used to have a "Post Christmas Blahs" party, for sharing surplus goodies, making music and enjoying her nice view of the lake. Don't be afraid to start some new traditions!

Carrie, you've done it again! You're colder than us! Chicago is in a mid-winter "heat wave" -- weather more like April -- temps in the high 40s, lots of rain. Oh well, come the New Year they're predicting snow and highs of 22...
CarrieLynnCastro PatS 2 months ago
Hi Pat S❄🌬❄
Wow Pat I sure did think you were in deep Freeze 😨

Sounds like you had fun at your party you went too🎉🎄🎉

Sometimes 😉 Christmas can be a bit much at times🎁
But I do love 🎅🤶Christmas!

I'm having dear friends over on Sunday for lunch
our Christmas get together 🎀🎄🎀
Not sure what I'm cooking up maybe
a roast veggies, biscuits and salad and baked chicken🍗
Plenty of hot coffee or coco and deserts
🍭🍥☕🍰🍭

Then New Years Day🎉family at my house
for tamales and spanish rice and refried beans, salad!
Menudo Mexican tripe soup and Banuelos flour tortilla fried then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon 🍥
and Mexican sweet
Breads🥐 my favorite
Is the ginger bread cookie piggy I making those myself 🤗

My mom made 5dozen of Tamales
they are alot of work
she makes the best
😍 we only like hers!
Bless her for all her
work for us 👵mom is 84💝
Maybe next year I can make some😉

With all this food I could invite you all
and have plenty 😋

We cook and have this food every year
It is very traditional
😍 for the Holidays!

Pat have a nice day
🍃⚘🍃
daleuhlmann PatS 2 months ago
Tomorrow in Ohio, temperatures are supposed to be around 57.
Currently 60 degrees here. Could hit 68 Monday. Chance of snow by the end of next week.

If you don’t like the weather here, just wait a few minutes.
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 2 months ago
We say the same thing here about Ohio's weather!
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