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Snow White and the Three Stooges

1 rating: 4.0
Comedy movie directed by Frank Tashlin and Walter Lang

Many Stooges fans will findSnow White and the Three Stoogespainful going, while some might find it quite charming. The film was conceived as a vehicle for Carol Heiss, the 1960 Olympic figure skating champion, but it was obvious that her limited acting … see full wiki

Genre: Comedy
1 review about Snow White and the Three Stooges

fairytale classic given a new spin

  • May 25, 2007
Rating:
+4
While it doesn't exactly follow the storyline of the original fairytale, SNOW WHITE & THE THREE STOOGES comes alive with comedy, romance and action. This film was tailored as a showcase for five-time Olympic champion iceskater Carol Heiss, and while she lacks the dramatic finesse of a true actress, she deeply feels the role of Snow White and does a fine job.

In this version of the tale, the Wicked Queen (played with aplomb by B-movie bad girl Patricia Medina) plots to kill lovely Snow White (Carol Heiss) as well as the prince of a neighbouring kingdom. Both plans flounder, and the two royal refugees find solace in the company of a wandering minstrel trio (played by--of course--the Three Stooges). What follows is a wonderful mix of comedy, adventure and breathless romance as Snow White and her Prince Charming skate towards their "sky of happiness".

As an all-skating, all-musical version of SNOW WHITE, this version hits the mark beautifully. Playing the thankless role of the Prince Charming is no easy assignment, but Edson Stroll does what he can with the part--most of the time he just stands around looking pretty, but what else does a fairytale prince do? Likewise, Carol Heiss rarely rises above the level of department-store mannequin in her performance as Snow White, but achieves what she can, and really comes alive with her ice-skating routines.

Patricia Medina manages to hold back in her rendering of the Wicked Queen; it would have been so easy for the role to be done in a high-camp style, but Ms Medina stays true to the material and plays it straight. The Three Stooges likewise curb their usual comic schtick, and it does make a refreshing and welcome change. They could sometimes be subtle, and the proof is right here.

The production values are indeed lavish. The director, Walter Lang, almost bankrupted the Twentieth Century-Fox studios with his incredible ice-rink sets, and there several wonderful skating sequences to savour, including a "Dream Ballet" for Stroll and Heiss. The musical numbers do little to advance the plot, but are very pretty, and highlights include "Magic Day" and "That Place Called Happiness".

As with any film version of a fairytale classic, it's hard not to get caught up in the romance and adventure--the same is true for SNOW WHITE & THE THREE STOOGES.

The DVD includes both widescreen and full-frame versions of the film, plus the trailer. (Double-sided, single-layer disc).

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