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After nearly 50 years of eye-poking and face-slapping, the Stooges decide to retire and tour the world with their dog, Moose. They start by touring America's national parks, however, with the stooges, it is truly a "kook's tour". This especially proves to be the case, for Larry, who despite his best efforts, simply cannot seem to catch a fish. Larry is driven to the height of frustration as he is continually outfished by Moe, Joe, Moose, and even his own hat!

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Kook's Tour is an American comedy film produced in late 1969 and early 1970. It was the final film to star the Three Stooges and was originally intended as the pilot for a television series. However, on January 9, 1970, before filming was completed, Larry Fine suffered a severe stroke , paralyzing the left side of his body. When it became clear that Fine was not expected to recover fully from the stroke, production of the series was cancelled and the Kook's Tour pilot film was shelved. [1]

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Kook's Tour was conceived by Moe Howard 's son-in-law, frequent Three Stooges collaborator Norman Maurer , as a weekly television series that would have mixed the Stooges' brand of farce comedy with a documentary travelogue format. The concept of the series was that, after 50 years of comic mayhem, the Stooges (Moe, Larry Fine and Joe DeRita ) have retired and are traveling the world with their dog, Moose, motor home , and motor boat (which is transported from place to place via a cargo plane). The 52-minute pilot film for the series saw the Stooges exploring the wilderness of the western United States , including areas of Wyoming and Idaho . In the meantime, Larry keeps getting snubbed when trying to catch a fish and getting a picture of a deer. At the end of the pilot film, Larry, in frustration, throws his hat into the water and fish bite on the fishing hooks attached to it. Larry starts to get excited about catching some fish, but Curly Joe counts the fish and says "One for me, one for Moe, and one for....Moose!"

The epilogue shows Moe sitting in an office, discussing the trip and stating that their next destination for the second episode (which was ultimately never produced) was Japan . (Moe makes no reference to Larry's stroke, so it's unknown if this scene was filmed before or after Larry's stroke).

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Kook's Tour was the third time the Stooges had tried to create a live-action television series, after their first attempt with Jerks of All Trades in 1949, and then The Three Stooges Scrapbook in 1960. [1]

The name is a pun on the term "Cook's Tour", which was popularized by the Thomas Cook travel company. The film also served as a promotional vehicle for the Chrysler Corporation . All the vehicles shown in this movie were produced by Chrysler, Chrysler RV, and Chrysler Marine Division. [1]

Following Larry's stroke and the cancellation of Kook's Tour , the film remained unreleased for several years. Director Norman Maurer eventually edited all usable footage into a 52-minute film and released it through Niles Film Products in Super 8 Sound home movie format in 1975. [2] It has since been released in VHS and DVD formats.

See also [ ]

  • List of American films of 1970

External links [ ]

  • Kook's Tour at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kook's Tour at AllRovi
  • Kook's Tour at threestooges.net
  • Three Stooges.com description

References [ ]

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion . Comedy III Productions, Inc.. pp. 546–549. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4 .
  • ↑ Maurer, Joan Howard ; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (2012) [1982]. The Three Stooges Scrapbook . Citadel Press. pp. 153. ISBN 978-1-61374-074-3 . http://amzn.com/1613740743 .
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1970 Directed by Norman Maurer

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After nearly 50 years of eye-poking and face-slapping, the Stooges decide to retire and tour the world with their dog, Moose. They start by touring America's national parks, however, with the stooges, it is truly a "kook's tour". This especially proves to be the case, for Larry, who despite his best efforts, simply cannot seem to catch a fish. Larry is driven to the height of frustration as he is continually outfished by Moe, Joe, Moose, and even his own hat!

Moe Howard Larry Fine Joe DeRita

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Norman Maurer

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Norman Maurer Pat Somerset

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Pat Somerset

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James T. Flocker

Normandy Productions

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Kai Perrignon

Review by Kai Perrignon ★★★½

The final The Three Stooges project, an unfinished TV pilot that was derailed by Larry Fine’s career-ending stroke. Years later (I’m looking at Wikipedia), Norman Mauer compiled the unused footage + a little extra newly shot filler into a sellable film for personal Super 8 home movie-watching. Imagine changing the reel to watch the last gags of these poor old workhorses. 

The movie itself is of course a delight. The Stooges look way way older here than in my previous adventure of 1965’s The Outlaws is Coming , I think because colour film just makes their haggard faces pop. The premise is simple and depressing fantasy: the Stooges have decided to retire so that they can tour the national parks with…

John Shetler

Review by John Shetler ★★

"Poor Larry." --Moe, like 20 times.

Poor Larry indeed. You can see the oncoming stroke in his performance. His speech is weak and slurred, and he sometimes seemed out of it.

As a film, this isn't nearly as bad as legend has it. Just don't go in expecting a 60 minute Curly era short. Watch it for the pleasant tv travelogue that it is.

earl12456

Review by earl12456 ★★★★

Kook ‘s Tour was good too bad only half of it tho we never going to see the rest of it

Glowing Skeleton

Review by Glowing Skeleton ½

Impossible to believe Joe Derita is the youngest stooge in this.

moviestoride

Review by moviestoride ★★

Why is no one talking about when, halfway through the movie, the scene stops and Curly looks into the camera and starts speaking an incantation in a language that linguists have yet to decipher?

That was kinda weird.

KingFausto

Review by KingFausto ★½

There's something admirable about the way the Stooges stuck things out until the bitter end but this bummed me out. It doesn't work as a comedy or a travelogue. A Stooges film is supposed to be joyful and funny but this just made me sad. I love the Three Stooges and I really wish they could have had a little better sendoff than this. This just wasn't very good. The dog was kinda cool though.

Porygon2

Review by Porygon2 ½

The birds here, they do not sing

They are screaming, in pain

AliceSavage

Review by AliceSavage ★½

Like many of the Stooges' films that were made during times of duress, this is a depressing watch once you know the production history. Ignoring it, it still fails to even bring to mind the soaring heights these giants of comedy once reached. However, taken as it is, a relaxed travelogue starring the "retired" stooges, it's not so offensive. Moe and Larry perform well despite their age and declining health. Joe is the most energetic of the trio and his performance is the most like his earlier ones with the team. If only one of the greatest comedy acts of all time had ended their illustrious career on a slightly higher note than this hastily finished one-off special...

Bunj

Review by Bunj ★½

This is the last movie the Stooges ever made, and honestly, it's just just hard to watch. Apparently it was supposed to be a pilot for a tv show, but Larry Fine died before they finished it. It feels very unfinished. There's really only one time when I laughed. Definitely not the highest point in their long career.

ExecutivePowder

Review by ExecutivePowder ★★½

The Three Stooges finally decide to cool off and retire to a life of traveling the world. In this movie's continuity, they're actors who've been playing characters in film for fifty years. They show clips from Curly shorts and the Around the World movie with Curly Joe in the opening montage. Does this somehow indicate they represent the same character in this universe? I don't know. There's very little slapstick, but that's a given with the Stooges' advanced ages by this point. I think it was a deliberate choice as well, as it's not following the Stooges characters, but the actors playing the Stooges in a fictional context.

This was originally meant to be a TV pilot. Sadly, Larry Fine…

Brewce Longo

Review by Brewce Longo ★★★

They got pretty old

Gingernut

Review by Gingernut ★½

A bit of a sad watch indeed, no wonder it wasn't picked up. Even if Larry Fine did or didn't have that fatal stroke.

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For me this had way too many shots of nature, which for me seemed like padding. I do think there was parent outrage about the violence of their shorts, as they were already toning it down during their features. Which actually brings me to a point I wanted to make before in that I think Jules White was actually the main person responsible for their signature comedy style. The non-Stooge Columbia comedies are similar, more similar than any thing The Three Stooges did before and after they worked for Jules White. This was a disappointing end for one of the greatest comedy groups in history. Maybe if Curly was still with him during this time it would at least be a little more enjoyable.

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I think Ted Healy was most responsible for The Three Stooges style.  A lot of the routines and the whole concept of being a Stooge and taking the slaps and pokes all stemmed from their days with Healy.  Things got refined when they left Healy and Moe became boss.  Also the writers the boys used worked with all the film greats that came before and that’s another big influence.  I got into the silent stuff because of the amounts of times I heard a certain Stooge routine was used in x film. The Three Stooges came pretty early on in Columbia’s shorts.  I would say if anything, they influenced the Columbia style more than anything else.

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One more complaint to add to all the others: Not only does KOOK'S spend too much time reminding the viewer of the team's history, but it gives a revisionist version of that history. (1) "50 years"? Moe wasn't even working with Ted Healy yet that long ago. It would have been more accurate -- while still using a nice round number -- to say 40 years, the length of time since the team's first film appearance. (2) The implication -- particularly by way of the old-looking B&W clips at the beginning -- is that the same 3 guys were always the Stooges.
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One thing that stands out for me about this film, which I haven't seen mentioned here yet, is this: The poor picture and sound quality of the version that's available (which, apparently, was sourced from an old 8mm copy). The sound is tinny as anything. The colors look faded and washed out; in particular, there doesn't seem to be any actual green (among possible other colors) in the whole thing.

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