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Average Rating:     [6.08/10]   17 votes


The Stooges have been taking care of Mary, their downstairs neighbor who is confined to a wheelchair. The boys have jobs hanging posters at a theatre featuring The Great Svengarlic, a famous hypnotist. Svengarlic is also the leader of a gang of jewel thieves, who plan to rob an office building next door to the theatre. When Svengarlic needs some dupes who will help him put on a public exhibition, distracting everyone from his gang's next robbery, the Stooges are hypnotized to walk out on a flagpole and dance many stories above the street. Svengarlic is knocked unconcious in an accident, and the Stooges awake to find themselves clinging to the flagpole for dear life.

A remake, with stock footage, of HOKUS POKUS (1949).

The new footage for FLAGPOLE JITTERS was filmed July 1, 1955; the new footage to FOR CRIMIN' OUT LOUD (1956) was filmed on June 30, 1955. Contrary to what the release dates lead some to think, Shemp's final work before the camera was done for FLAGPOLE JITTERS.

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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
April 05, 1956
Production Type
Short Subject
15.9 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4238
Shooting Days:   1 days   From: 1955-07-01   To: 1955-07-01

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 7.25)
Face Slaps: 26 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 2 Pastry Thrown: 0

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  • Buckets in the Background
    When Moe asks â€Å"Which one of you slammed that door shut?”, the sound of the falling buckets in the background makes it hard to hear what he's saying.

  • Cut in Picture
    In the reused footage from HOKUS POKUS with the Stooges reading the Svengarlic poster, the camera begins panning over across the room, then they insert new footage with the camera continuing to pan across the room and stopping on Svengarlic and his gang walking out of a door. You can tell when the cut for the new scene comes in during the camera pan.

  • Forgetting the Script?
    After Larry says â€Å"Maybe a cyclone did it”, Moe is supposed to respond â€Å"Yeah, maybe it just blew shut like this...”, but he looks at Larry and pauses for a few seconds as if he forgot his lines. Then the camera cuts to a closer shot of Moe and Larry, then Moe finally says the line - and also, his hair suddenly looks neater than it did in the previous shot.

  • Reused Footage Error
    A remake of HOKUS POKUS, and new footage is inserted explaining that Svengarlic and his assistant are safecrackers and are using the Stooges as disposable dupes. But in a later reused scene from HOKUS when Svengarlic gets knocked out, Sven's assistant worriedly says â€Å"The boys are up on the flagpole!” The assistant's genuine concern for the Stooges stuck on the flagpole made actual sense in the original version where he and Svengarlic were actually innocent and just using the Stooges as hypnotism subjects, but it seemed completely out of place in the remake.

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Posted 2013-04-20 15:10:39 by Shemp_Diesel

Pretty bad, the only thing saving it is that the stock footage is funny, saving this from a "no-poke" rating and those chorus girls in the new footage are damn hot, so that's worth a few extra pokes.

Reviewer's Rating: (3)
Posted 2001-08-16 04:12:00 by Stooge
Edited 2008-06-16 08:49:59 by Stooge
Horrible remake of HOKUS POKUS. The new storyline was weak, the new scenes terrible, and the ending sucked. And Shemp's failing health is very noticeable here and he barely has anything to do or say. In fact, I think the only thing he really does is that pointless "Jingle Bells" scene. Nothing redeemable at all about this remake, except that at least the reused footage is funny. That's the only reason I can't give terrible remakes like this and RUMPUS IN THE HAREM a BOMB rating.

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Posted 2008-02-19 04:40:12 by Legalize Shemp
haven't seen this one in about 6 years but I remember this being a bad short. This was a slap in the face towards Hokus Pokus if you ask me. I'm certainly glad AMC didn't show this one!

Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Posted 2006-09-12 16:52:44 by BeatleShemp
You can tell that Shemp is pretty much on his last legs here. A very weak remake, but I did like the bit with Moe and Larry and the whole "maybe it was a cyclone."
Posted 2001-06-15 13:42:00 by Mike Holme
Re-Review: This is actually one of the worst remakes because a lot of the new footage is pointless, like when Shemp is crying because the table is backfiring on him in the old footage, Moe in the new footage just says "jughead" and then its back to old footage. The part when the stooges are getting dressed was the only good part of this short, I also thought the jingle bells scene was funny but weird. The rest was pretty bad. Shemp gets very few lines in the new footage while Moe and Larry carry this, and they don't do it that well either. Rating: 62%(D-) Mike HolmeEdited by - Mike Holme on 8/26/01 2:05:02 PM

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