Filmed in color. SCRAPBOOK did not sell as a television pilot, but Norman Maurer reused much of the footage from the first half, and printed it in black & white for THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962).
The color version of the pilot was distributed to theaters in September 1963 as two short subjects: 14 minute two-reeler with the apartment-hunting and Creepy Manor segments, and a 10-minute one-reeler showcasing the cartoon.
Although the script presents Emil Sitka's character as 'Prof. Doyle, he is called 'Prof. Dolottle' in the film, a pun on the popular children's story character 'Dr. Dolittle.'
In the scene with the spy carrying a sleeping Larry, Emil Sitka doubled for the actor playing Nick the butler.
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Unfortunately, this was pretty lame, with a painfully thin plot. Other than a generally more animated Joe DeRita, I found the only highlights to be Moe's pinball bouncing scene in the hallway before falling into the chair, & the opening scenes with the mounted & disguised furniture pieces.
Emil Sitka had a more substantial role than in other 1960s features, but still wasn't used in a more creative role, living up to his full potential. At least he wasn't the butler this time.
Insertion of the laugh track was probably the only way this feature would've gotten laughs. However, having said that, I found the laugh tracks irritating & a distraction. In the absence of Curly or Shemp, what a shot in the arm the presence of Bud Jamison, Vernon Dent, or Christine McIntyre would've given to this otherwise flat feature.
As much as I loved the shorts, I thought that, as a pilot, this wouldn't have been a great introduction to a TV series, or bode well that such a series would survive on its own for long.
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