Technically, Swing Parade of 1946 isnât a Three Stooges movie. Yes, the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly) are in the movie, and they appear as the Three Stoogesâbut theyâre secondary characters. The main plot concerns a young nightclub owner whose father wants him to shut down the nightclub and run the family business instead. However, the nightclub owner is determined to succeed, and even hires his pals the Three Stooges as waiters (see? theyâre in hereâand they tend to steal every scene that theyâre in). The father hires a down-on-her-luck young lady to deliver the legal papers to shut down the nightclub, but instead she falls for the nightclub owner, and eventually gets hired by him as a singer (this is a musical, after all)âand the conflict grows from there.
If youâre a fan of old-time musicals like I am, or if youâre a fan of the Stooges, itâs a film youâll want to see.
Editorial review of Swing Parade starring the Three Stooges, courtesy of Amazon.com
Three Stooges are at their bumbling, eye-poking, hair-pulling best in this warm, hilarious, musical romp! This time around âThe Boysâ must protect talented nightclub owner Danny Warren (Phil Regan) from the schemes of his powerful and overprotective fatherâwho will go to any lengths to shut him down. Can Moe, Larry and Curly run the club, manage Dannyâs budding love life, and avoid the wrath of Moose, their cantankerous boss?
Future TV star Gale Storm (MY LITTLE MARGIE) plays an aspiring singer mistaken for a process server and thrown out of the nightclub owned by dashing Phil Regan, whose stuffy father disapproves of is son’s business venture. Perky Storm is seen to good advantage, as is Regan (a former New York cop who became a minor-league ovie star), but the picture’s real stars are The Three Stooges, who steal the show with their slapstick turns as waiters. There isn’t much plot, but the comedy routines and sprightly tunes make this one well worth having.