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Scummy Man is a short film, written and directed by Paul Fraser and produced by Mark Herbert and Diarmid Scrimshaw, based on the song "When the Sun Goes Down" by the Arctic Monkeys, and released on DVD on 10 April 2006 by Domino Records. The film, like the song, focuses on prostitution in Sheffield, and uses the same actors as the music video to document a night in the life of the fictional 'Nina', a 15 year old drug addict who works as a prostitute in the Neepsend district. The film stars Lauren Socha as 'Nina' and Stephen Graham as George, known by the nickname of 'Scummy Man', a violent and manipulative 'customer' of 'Nina's, who attacks and intimidates both 'Nina' and those who try to help her escape prostitution, such as a magician who offers her a job as his assistant in his act. The magician becomes a victim of the Scummy Man's behaviour but is not without his own flaws, as the film-maker begs if anyone is really inherently good. In order to achieve a documentary feel for the...,
For a few marbles more (original title: Voor een paar knikkers meer) is a 2006 short Dutch film directed by Jelmar Hufen.
Four ten–year-olds are kicked out of their favorite playground by two
aggressive drunkards. When they realize their parents are not going to help
them, there’s only one solution. They have to find a way to get the toughest
boy in the neighborhood to help them. From that moment on the four friends
are in for an exciting adventure.
Across the Hall is an American short film, made available to view online or downloaded to a cell phone. The movie has two versions- the first is a 25 minute director's cut, usually shown at film festivals, the second is split into two parts for downloading. Since the film is hosted on Samsung's Anyfilms.net, the movie features the use of a Samsung SGH-D600 phone.
A quiet night takes a dangerous turn when Julian (Adrian Grenier) receives a frantic phone call from his best friend, Terry (James Oliver). Terry claims to have followed his unfaithful fiancée, June (Natalie Smyka), to a seedy hotel on the other side of town. To make matters worse, he’s staked out the room across the hall from her, a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a revolver in the other. Julian pleads with his friend to stay put while he rushes to avert disaster. But is Terry truly as desperate as he sounds, or has Julian been playing into his hands all along?
Rubber Johnny is a six-minute experimental short film and music video directed by Chris Cunningham in 2005, using music composed by Aphex Twin. The name Rubber Johnny is drawn from a British slang for "condom" as well as a description of the main character, which explains the title sequence. The DVD comes with an art book, containing stills from the film, as well as conceptual drawings, photographs and more.The concept for Rubber Johnny came from Cunningham imagining a raver morphing as he danced. The idea evolved to the present film, in which Johnny (played by Cunningham) is an isolated deformed (possibly hydrocephalus) teenager kept on a wheelchair and locked in a dark basement with his chihuahua. Given his situation, he spends his life imagining all kinds of musical psychedelia to entertain himself.The film was originally intended to be a 30 second TV commercial for the Aphex Twin album drukqs, using the track "afx237 v7". However, Cunningham grew to like the concept more and more...,
Girlfriend in a Kimono is a short film made in the summer of 2005, written and directed by Dominic Thackray who describes it as an anti-romance. It tells the tale of autoslacker Vincent (played by Raindance Film Festival producer Jesse Vile) who falls for French burlesque dancer Candice (played by model Amber Butchart). It also features Penny Rimbaud (of Crass) as the enigmatic Rimbaud and Shizuka Hata (of Banzai) in two roles. The film's score is by Hey Is Dee Dee (Ramone) Home producer Ronni Raygun Thomas, and there is additional music from Saint Etienne, Crass and Talulah Gosh.The film was selected by the British Council in early 2006 for inclusion in their film festivals programme. Writer-director Thackray worked a succession of low-rent jobs, the last of which as a receptionist in a zero-star hotel on the left bank in Paris in 1995, where he occasionally rented out rooms by the hour. Soon after quitting he embarked upon a degree in graphic design. Since 1999 he has worked for...,
Six Shooter is an Irish/British 2005 Academy Award-winning live action short film.
Peluca is a short film by director Jared Hess, produced for an assignment while attending Brigham Young University in 2003. It was made in two days for under $500, and was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
Peluca follows its main character, Seth, as he skips school with two of his friends to buy a fanny pack and a wig (the film's title is a Spanish word meaning "wig"). The Seth character was later adapted into Napoleon Dynamite for the full-length film of the same name. Both were played by Jon Heder.
The character that later becomes Pedro Sanchez in Napoleon Dynamite is named Giel in Peluca. The plot of Peluca is vaguely similar to that of its successor, and features some of the same camera shots as Napoleon Dynamite. For example, in the beginning of both films, Heder stands outside waiting for a bus.
The film is approximately nine minutes long and was shot on black-and-white 16mm film. It is included on the Napoleon Dynamite Special Edition DVD.
Six Days is a 2002 DJ Shadow music video/short film directed by Wong Kar-wai. It features Chang Chen of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, and Danielle Graham, one of Asia's top models. Shadow approached Wong Kar-wai, one of his favorite directors, in an attempt to create a music video unlike his previous ones. Wong also happened to be a fan of Shadow's music and accepted. The idea was to make a short film revolving around the song's hook line: "Tomorrow never comes until it's too late...." The plot is centered on a man (Chang) who, upon discovering his girlfriend (Graham) has cheated on him, tries to destroy all traces of their relationship, eventually realizing that this is futile, as what has happened cannot be undone. The video was shot by famed cinematographer Christopher Doyle, who has worked on most of Wong's films and has also shot films by directors Gus Van Sant, Barry Levinson and Phillip Noyce. A different mix of the song was also recently used as the opening song for The...,
The Flying Car is a six-minute 2002 short film written and directed by Kevin Smith. It features View Askewniverse characters Dante Hicks and Randal Graves, who were introduced in Clerks.While stuck in a traffic jam, the two have another philosophical, pop-culture-laden conversation — this one sparked when Randal asks Dante what he would hypothetically sacrifice in exchange for marketing rights to a flying car.It is similar to the scene in the original movie where they are driving to the wake. In both they are in a car and Randal convinces Dante a situation (in the original: performing oral sex on yourself, in this scene: losing a foot and being raped by a German scientist and his friends in exchange for the flying car) isn't as perverse as it sounds, then calls him a pervert for agreeing with him.The short film was the first commissioned for The Tonight Show and premiered there on February 27, 2002. It also appears on the 10th anniversary Clerks. X DVD....,
The ChubbChubbs! is a 2002 computer-animated short by Sony Pictures Imageworks. It was produced by Jacquie Barnbrook, directed by Eric Armstrong (Stuart Little 1 and 2) and written by Jeff Wolverton. The ChubbChubbs won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. It was theatrically released along with Stuart Little 2 and Men in Black II.
On August 8, 2007, a sequel short film The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas was released, playing in theaters before TriStar Pictures' Daddy Day Camp.
Amy Stiller's Breast is a comedy short film which came out in 2000, starring Amy Stiller as herself, and featuring her parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara as themselves.
One Soldier is a black and white short film (30 min) from 1999 starring and directed by Steven Wright. Also starring is Sandi Carroll.
The film tells the story of a confused soldier (played by Wright) who narrates throughout the movie his bizarre thoughts about the army and war in general, using Wright's trademark deadpan humor.
The film is told entirely in retrospect, from a veteran of the American Civil War who may already be executed. During the war, his job was to play music for a general who decided, in the soldier's words, "where hundreds of men would die." He has come home from the war skeptical about the meaning of life (or even that there is a meaning), and trying to search for answers. He attempts to express his thoughts and doubts to his wife Becky, but she remains unconvinced that life is horrible and thinks he is crazy and going to hell. Convinced that people have come to have too much influence over art, he tries to play music not written by people by drawing music...,
For the sausage, see Bangers and mashBangers is a 1999 Australian short film featuring Cate Blanchett.Cate Blanchett portrays a marginally successful career woman preparing dinner for her gruff and unsympathetic mother. As she cooks the mashed potatoes and sausages, she tells an indifferent audience of her mother and cat about a recent promotion at work. As she rants about her job it becomes apparent that she is in the middle of a mental breakdown that culminates in burned sausage and mashed potatoes all over the floor....,
Number One was released in 1998 starring Heather Burns and directed by Caroline Kava.
Coven is a direct-to-video black and white short horror film, directed by Mark Borchardt. It was released in 1997. The making of the film was documented in the award-winning independent film American Movie.
Coven was largely funded by Mark's uncle Bill Borchardt's savings with the understanding that Mark must sell 3,000 copies in order for Bill to make his money back. Sadly, uncle Bill died shortly after the release of Coven. Bill, along with Mark and an assortment of Mark's friends and neighbors, stars in the film. It was shot with local talent around Milwaukee.
In Mark's words, the film is "about a guy who joins a self-help group, only they're not that helpful." The film introduces "Mike" (Borchardt) as a writer struggling with a lack of artistic productivity. To deal with the pressures he feels from within and without, he escalates his abuse of alcohol. One day when faced with overwhelming deadlines, he takes a large quantity of pills with alcohol resulting in an overdose...,
Dorf on the Diamond is a 1996 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Shawn Hess and Tim Conway Jr.Baseball "Super Fan" Dorf goes to the East-West all star game. While enjoying the game, Dorf daydreams about being on the diamond himself and inspiring a baseball team to greatness as their coach (ala General Patton). Alas, even in his daydreams he's not entirely successful. Between daydreams, Dorf has his hands full coping with a bratty kid, a smart aleck peanut vendor, and his uncooperative car....,
Your Studio and You is a comedy short film created in 1996 by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and commissioned by comedic filmmaker David Zucker. It was to be played at a party Seagram threw for its employees acquired as a result of its Universal Studios take-over. It parodies the style of 1950s educational films such as Duck and Cover, while poking fun at Universal and its talent. It was shot in the Universal Studios backlot, and it runs approximately fourteen minutes.
Upon commissioning the duo to make this film, David Zucker
failed to mention that there was no script, so everything was written by Parker and Stone less than an hour before it was shot. The two were up for six and a half days straight filming, the longest they had ever gone without sleeping.
The film is notable in that it was Stone and Parker's first Hollywood gig. Parker has said that "you could probably make a feature film out of the experience of making that movie because it was just two dudes from college...,
Hayride to Hell is a 1995 short subject directed by Kimble Rendall. It tells the story of salesman George Weygate, who comes across a girl begging for his help. Only shown in late night art houses, the film has never been widely released. It is believed that Kylie Minogue became involved in the project as a favour to the director, whom she would work with five years later on the film Cut (2000).
The film's lead character George Weygate, a kind family man, meets a young woman while driving home from work, the girl ( Kylie Minogue ) suggests she is suffering from a diabetic seizure & demands him to take her to a block of flats as soon as possible to fictional Walker Street, in Sydney's Darlinghurst. He complies, but is left wondering what is going on. When they reach their destination, the girl departs from the car without saying a word, heading towards the block of flats. Weygate, realizing that she left her belongs in the back of his car, goes after her to return them to her....,
The Foot Shooting Party is a 1994 short film about conscription for the Vietnam War. It was written by Kenneth F. Carter and directed by Annette Haywood-Carter. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film was made as part of a short-lived program at Touchstone Pictures that funded experimental short films and scripts. The film played two festivals and had several private screenings but was never released commercially. The film co-starred Jake Busey, Bradley Gregg and Michael Rapaport. When the lead singer of an up-and-coming band (DiCaprio) is drafted, his bandmates gather to shoot him in the foot so that he can avoid being sent to VietNam. Pulling the trigger is much harder than any of them expect. ...,
Dorf Goes Fishing is a 1993 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Ronnie Schell and Yvonne Wilder.
Dorf begins the video by introducing us to 'Grunt', a caveman who looks peculiarly similar to Dorf (and is also played by Tim Conway). Grunt is credited as the caveman that 'discovers' fishing and yelling. He is not too intelligent, but he knows that 'food can be gotten from the water. The question was how to get that food out of the water and into your mouth.'
Dorf demonstrates modern clothes and equipment of fishing, albeit not properly.
Dorf's friend Billy Bob couldn't make it to fish, so Dorf convinces his amateur wife to join him. She's wearing mink furs because she misinterpreted Dorf when he said he was taking pictures (of the fish). She's also grumpy because she doesn't want to miss her bingo game. After her first disastrous attempt, Dorf gives her a Stick, some string, and a strip of bacon, while he uses an expensive pole and a complex lure. However, his wife starts catching...,
Dorf Goes Auto Racing is a 1990 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Eddie Deezen and Tim Conway Jr.
World-famous European race car driver, Duessel Dorf, comes to America to take on his greatest challenge-stock car racing in the Indianapolis 500. However, Dorf, with his usual skill, soon turns the race into a shambles and sets the world of stock car racing on its ear.
Dorf and the First Games of Mount Olympus is a 1988 comedy film starring Tim Conway and Vincent Schiavelli....,
The Appointments of Dennis Jennings is a short film (30 min) directed by Dean Parisot, co-written by Mike Armstrong and Steven Wright and starring Steven Wright and Rowan Atkinson. It won the 1988 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.
Dennis Jennings (Steven Wright) is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings of isolation, he begins seeing a psychiatrist (Rowan Atkinson), only to discover that the doctor is somewhat less than interested in what he has to say. After finding his doctor sharing his intimate secrets with a group of fellow psychiatrists at a bar, and then finding that his girlfriend is cheating on him with the doctor, Dennis decides he has had enough. He hunts the doctor down in the woods and shoots him, ending up in jail with an equally uncaring prison shrink.
Steven Wright's Academy Award acceptance speech: "I guess it's a good thing...,
Dorf's Golf Bible is a 1987 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Eddie Deezen and Michele Smith along with a special appearance by Sam Snead...,
Dorf on Golf is a 1987 comedy film starring Tim Conway, Vincent Schiavelli and Michele Smith. The film is the first in a series of six films released by Conway using the Dorf sporting theme. The film had a total cast of three.
Made in Britain is a short film about a white power skinhead named Trevor (played by Tim Roth), and his constant confrontations with authority figures. Directed by Alan Clarke and written by David Leland, it was originally broadcast on ITV as part of the film series Tales out of School. As with many Alan Clarke films, the director attempts to depict English working-class life, realistically without moralizing or complex plots. The film features strong language, violence, racism and an anti-establishment feeling. Cinematographer Chris Menges was responsible for the atmosphere.
The film begins with Trevor in court on charges of throwing a brick through a Pakistani man's window. He had also been charged with shoplifting from Harrods. Trevor's social worker, Harry Parker (played by Eric Richard), believes Trevor can reform, so he has him sent to an assessment centre, where his punishment will be determined.
The opening music is the song "UK82" by Scottish punk rock band The Exploited....,
Rhubarb Rhubarb is a comedy film released in 1980. The film is a re-make of Eric Sykes' 1969 film, Rhubarb.
A police inspector is so intent on winning a round of golf, despite his lack of ability at the game, that he employs his constable to furtively disentangle his ball from the odd spots in which it usually comes to rest.
The word "rhubarb" is the only one uttered, many times over, in this film.
†Hattie Jacques died between the making of Rhubarb Rhubarb and its screening.
Rhubarb Rhubarb in the BBC Guide to comedy
Within the Woods (1979) is a short horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi.
Raimi, longtime friend Bruce Campbell, and other associates shot this movie on Super 8 mm film in an effort to raise money to produce a feature-length version of it, which would later be released to massive critical acclaim as The Evil Dead.
Within the Woods is very similar to The Evil Dead in terms of plot devices, pacing, and effects. A group of four friends, Bruce (Bruce Campbell) Ellen (Ellen Sandweiss), Shelly (Mary Valenti) and Scotty (Scott Spiegel) rent a cabin in the woods.
While on a picnic with Ellen, Bruce digs a fire pit nearby. He finds a strange dagger and becomes possessed by a vengeful Native American spirit. Bruce chases and attacks Ellen and later kills Shelly and Scotty before being taken down by Ellen.
The final shot of the film has Scotty sitting up quickly behind Ellen as she is crying about what just happened, revealing to the audience that he is the new host of the evil and...,
Amblin' is a short film released in 1968. It is the first completed film shot by Steven Spielberg on 35mm. The film is a short story set during the hippy era of the late '60s about a young couple who meet up in the desert, become friends, then lovers and make their way to a paradisaical beach.
A young guy, carrying a closely guarded guitar case, hooks up with a free spirited girl when hitchhiking across the desert in southern California en route to the Pacific coast. Along the way, the man engaged the girl in an olive spitting contest and the girl initiates the guy into the joys of cannabis smoking and sex in a sleeping bag. As the pair reach the beach, the guy frolics in the surf and the girl checks out the contents of his guitar case: a suit and tie, toothpaste, mouthwash, a roll of toilet paper and a copy of Arthur Clarke's The City and the Stars. The girl smiles in bemusement, perhaps sensing all along that her companion was a geek.
Spielberg found his lead actor Richard Levin...,
Walk... Don't Walk was a 1968 short film by Rich Allen. It starred Chevy Chase as a pedestrian about to cross the street, when the walk/don't walk light starts changing just before he begins to cross, as if it were playing a practical joke on him. The film lasted for 5 minutes. ...,
Roman Candles is a 1966 short film by Baltimore, Maryland, USA filmmaker John Waters starring Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary, Mink Stole, and Maelcum Soul.The film was shown on three 8 mm projectors running simultaneously, but has never been released commercially.Hag in a Black Leather Jacket •Roman Candles •Eat Your Makeup •Mondo Trasho •The Diane Linkletter Story •Multiple Maniacs •Pink Flamingos •Female Trouble •Desperate Living •Polyester •Hairspray •Cry-Baby •Serial Mom •Pecker •Cecil B. Demented •A Dirty Shame,
1:42:08 (known also as 1:42:08: A Man and His Car) was George Lucas's senior project at USC in 1966. It was named for the lap time of the race car that was the subject of the film. It is a visual tone poem depicting the graphic beauty of a car going at full speed, and the only sound in it is the roar of the car's engine. Shot in color with a 14 man student crew, it was filmed at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles, CA. Technically, the title should be 1:42.08, meaning 1 minute, 42.08 seconds. ...,
It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964) is a short film directed by Martin Scorsese....,
Antoine and Colette (French: Antoine et Colette) is the second film — a short — in François Truffaut's series about Antoine Doinel, the character he follows from boyhood to adulthood through five films. The film was made for the 1962 anthology collection, Love at Twenty, which featured shorts from the renowned directors Shintarô Ishihara, Marcel Ophüls, Renzo Rossellini and Andrzej Wajda, as well as Truffaut.Antoine Doinel — and Jean-Pierre Léaud, the actor who played him throughout all five films — had made his screen debut in 1959 with Truffaut's first film, The 400 Blows. Truffaut's tender, semi-autobiographical film about the young Antoine and his gradual descent into petty crime introduced the world to the French New Wave, a short-lived but highly influential outpouring of work from young French filmmakers including Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and Éric Rohmer.Antoine and Colette catches up with Antoine Doinel as a solitary 17-year-old who works at Phillips manufacturing LPs...,
Une histoire d'eau (English: A Story of Water) is a film directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut in 1961. It recounts the story of a woman's trip to Paris, which is surrounded by a large flooded area....,
When Angles Fall, or Gdy spadają anioly, was a short film written and directed by Roman Polański in 1959. The idea for the film was taken from a short story "Klozet Babcia" (aka "Toilet Granny"), written by Leszek Szymański and published in the weekly "Kierunki" in Warsaw, Poland. The film was Polanski's first one produced in color.
The film, told mostly in flashback, portrays a toilet granny who reminisces about her former life while daydreaming at her dreary job.
The Killers (in America) (aka Ubiitsy) is a Soviet film made in 1958 by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. It is based on the well known short story by Ernest Hemingway, written in 1927. It was Tarkovsky's first film, as well as the first of three shorts he made while a student at the Soviet film school VGIK.
The story was divided into three parts. The first scene with the boxer played by Vasily Shukshin was directed by Aleksandr Gordon, while Marika Beiku and Andrei Tarkovsky directed the main scene in the cafe.
The Seafarers is Stanley Kubrick's third film, a short for the Seafarers International Union, directed in June of 1953.
There are shots of ships, machinery, a naked woman (possibly to keep the union members' attention), a canteen, and a union meeting. The film was shot in color, and was supervised by the staff of The Seafarers Log, the union magazine.
One memorable scene in the film takes place in a cafeteria. Kubrick chose a long, sideways-shooting dolly shot to establish the life of the seafarer's community. This shot is unmistakably a Stanley Kubrick sequence, and calls to mind his acknowledged influence Max Ophüls.
Billy's Dad is a Fudge-Packer is a 2004 short comedy film written and directed by Jamie Donahue in her first non acting effort. It is a parody of the 1950's social guidance films, loaded with sexual innuendo. It was made by production company POWER UP.This is a short film that is a satire of the rigid social structures of the 1950s. The father works at the candy store as a fudgepacker, and the mother is visited by a short, mannish woman who knows how to please the local housewives. The daughter is preparing to be a good wife, and in almost every shot is moving a phallic object to her mouth....,
Brideless Groom is a 1947 Three Stooges short, produced by Hugh McCollum and directed by Edward Bernds. In the film, Shemp plays a music teacher who has just received an inheritance, but there is a catch: he must marry in 24 hours or he will not receive the money.
The basic plot of the film is not unique, having been used in (among others) Buster Keaton's 1925 comedy Seven Chances (remade in 1999 as The Bachelor starring Chris O'Donnell.)
The film features longtime Stooges supporting player Emil Sitka's best-remembered line "Hold hands, you lovebirds!" (The line is engraved on Sitka's headstone.)
In 1956, the plot and footage of Brideless Groom was recycled in the short Husbands Beware.
Brideless is one of four Stooge shorts that fell into the public domain after the copyright lapsed in the 1960s (the other three being Malice in the Palace, Sing a Song of Six Pants, and Disorder in the Court). As such, these four shorts frequently appear on cheaply produced video or DVD compilations....,
Half-Wits Holiday is a short subject starring the Three Stooges. In the film, the Stooges are subjects of a "nature vs. nurture" wager between two psychologists -- one has bet the other that he can turn the boys into gentlemen through environment. (The same plot was used in an earlier Stooges film, 1935's Hoi Polloi.)
The film marked the final appearance of Curly Howard as an official member of the slapstick comedy team. During filming on May 6, 1946, Curly suffered a severe stroke and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Consequently, he was unable to appear in the final scenes of the film, which consisted of a pie fight. He was replaced thereafter as the third stooge by his (and Moe's) brother Shemp Howard (though Curly did recover sufficiently to make a gag cameo appearance in 1947's Hold That Lion!).
The film also marked the first appearance in a Stooges short of longtime supporting star Emil Sitka.
Vacation in Reno is a 1946 film directed by Leslie Goodwins starring Jack Haley, Anne Jeffreys, Iris Adrian, Wally Brown, Alan Carney, and Morgan Conway.A man named Jack Carroll, portrayed by Jack Haley and his wife (Anne Jeffreys) have an argument about their friends, but when he makes a crack that his mother-in-law is a "fat porpoise", they fight and she leaves him. Jack runs into two strange men right before they burglarize a bank, leaving Jack to be the only one to identify. Because of this, he takes a vacation to Reno and checks into the Bar Nothing Ranch. Later, the robbers come to Reno and check in. They bury a suitcase of money where Jack plans to find it with his metal detector. Jack finds the money, but is taken by another lady. This is the beginning of his troubles, where he encounters different men: a sheriff, a sailor, and a gun moss who convinces to the police that she is Mrs. Carroll. Soon, Jack's wife comes and Jack is unable to adequately explain things to his wife...,
No Dough Boys is a 1944 Three Stooges short film in which the Stooges are mistaken for Japanese soldiers by Nazi Spies.The stooges are dressed as Japanese soldiers for a photo shoot; their boss tells them to go on a lunch break but they have to keep their costumes on to finish the photo shoot quickly. Meanwhile in the restaurant the stooges are about to go to, the manager reads a headline in the newspaper: JAP SUB BLOWN UP SHORE, U.S. COAST GUARD DEALS DEATHS BLOW, and 3 JAPANESE SOLDIERS ESCAPE: CITIZEN WARNED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT. When the Stooges arrive the manager thinks they are the Japanese and attacks the Stooges, but they manage to escape. When they escape into the alley, they accidental activite a hidden door. When they get inside they met a Nazi spy named Hugo who mistakes them for the three Japanese, Naki (Larry), Saki (Moe), and Waki (Curly), that escaped. Just as Hugo was about to introduce them to some ladies, Curly accidentally calls them dames which makes Hugo...,
The Volunteer (1943) is a short black-and-white British film by the filmmakers Powell & Pressburger for the UK Ministry of Information. Made during World War II as recruitment propaganda for the Fleet Air Arm, volunteer numbers rose after its release.The films features actor Ralph Richardson starring in a West End production of Othello. Pat McGrath plays his dresser, who joins the Fleet Air Arm and becomes a war hero — as famous as Richardson himself. British film stars Anna Neagle and Laurence Olivier make cameo appearances, as does director Michael Powell....,
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is a short experimental film directed by husband and wife team, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film's narrative is circular, and repeats a number of psychologically symbolic images, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper-like cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, a phone off the hook and an ocean.
The film was the product of Deren's and Hammid's desire to create an avant garde personal film that dealt with devastating psychological problems, like the French avant-garde films of the 1920s such as Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou. Deren's use of symbolism in her films relates to her father's preoccupation with psychology and her desire to appeal to her father's interests.Deren and Hammid wrote, directed and performed in the film. Although Deren is usually credited as its principal artistic creator,...,
An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941) is a documentary style British propaganda short.An R.A.F. airman dies during a mission. He has left a letter to be sent to his mother on his death. This film shows that letter being delivered to his mother. As the letter is read out by John Gielgud in a voiceover, we see the mother in the airman's room, looking through his things and remembering him as a youth.The letter tells of his reasons for joining the armed forces and going to fight knowing full well that he could die.The letter was a real letter left by an airman for his mother. The airman's commanding officer was so moved by it that with the mother's permission he had it published in The Times and it was subsequently published in a small book which was in such demand that it had to be reprinted three times.The actress playing the part of the mother is unknown. We never see her face.The author of the letter has subsequently been revealed to be Flying Officer Vivian Rosewarne, the co-pilot...,
Nutty But Nice is a 1940 Three Stooges film in which the Stooges are restaurant entertainers who are helping a sick little girl track down her kidnapped father. The Stooges, who are restaurant entertainers, are asked by a doctor to cheer up a little girl who is sick because her father, who works in the bank, is kidnapped by the mob along with bonds worth $50,000. They try unsuccessfully to cheer her up so they decide to look for her father. As they do, they overhear some yodeling from a radio that one of the mobsters switched on; he has the little girl's father tied to a bed. They decide to see if her father is there. They manage to knock out the mobster and free the little girl's father. Just as they are ready to escape, three more mobsters come back so the Stooges and the father block the door, making their own escape harder. Then the little girl's father uses the dumbwaiter to escape to the basement. He goes first. Curly goes next but he forgets to release the lever of the...,
Cash and Carry is a 1937 Three Stooges short, their 25th for Columbia Pictures. Involving the Stooges as miners helping a crippled orphan get money for his leg surgery, this film is notable for showing an uncharacteristically sentimental side to the comedy team.
Writer Clyde Bruckman's story was later adapted for comedian Andy Clyde in his short films A Miner Affair (1945) and Two April Fools (1954).
The film opens with the Three Stooges, as prospectors, coming home to their shack in the city dump. Finding it inhabited by a young woman and her crippled younger brother, Jimmy, they decide to help raise the $500 needed for a leg operation for the boy. They immediately find a can full of money ("canned coin," as Curly calls it), which turns out to be the $62 the boy and his sister have already saved for the operation. Two con-men cheat the Stooges out of the $62 and their car for a map they claim will lead to a treasure. Following the map, the Stooges drill into the United States...,
Uncivil Warriors is a 1935 Three Stooges short, their 8th for Columbia Studios. Known as Operators 12, 14 and 15 during production, the film has the Stooges as Northern spies behind Southern lines during the American Civil War.
Set in the Civil War, the short begins with a Northern General assigning Larry Moe and Curly (as Operators 12, 14 and 15, respectively) to sneak behind enemy lines and obtain secrets. Disguising themselves as southern officers and taking the names Lieutenant Duck, Captain Dodge and Major Hyde they insinuate themselves into the mansion of southern officer, Colonel Butts.
During preparations for a dinner party at the mansion, Curly, more interested in the Colonel's daughter, Miss Judith Butts, manages to substitute a cake with a quilted potholder, resulting in a feather-coughing scene. The short concludes with an episode in which Larry and Curly disguise themselves as, respectively, Captain Dodge's father and wife. This leads to a controversial gag in which...,
Tit for Tat is a 1935 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. It was the only direct sequel they made, following the story of the previous year's Them Thar Hills. Tit for Tat was also nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film (Comedy), but did not win.
Stan and Ollie establish an electrical store next door to Charlie Hall's grocery store. Hall thinks that Hardy is making advances towards his wife (Mae Busch), and destroys a few items in Stan and Ollie's shop. Stan and Ollie leave their shop (without closing their door) to wreak havoc in Hall's grocery; while they are there, shoplifters loot the electrical store.