Film: Snow White and the Three Stooges
"And if, by now, you're wondering what on earth the Three Stooges have to do with the fairy tale of Snow White, it's very simple. In this version, we're telling the story of... Snow White and the Three Stooges!"
— The Narrator
This movie stands as a textbook case of misusing a good cast. The film had two leads who were simply not used properly.
The film originally started as a vehicle for Carol Heiss, who was a recent Olympic Gold Medalist in figure skating. This was an attempt by 20th Century Fox
to make her the next Sonja Henie
(who had made a number of successful films for the studio a couple of decades before).
Unfortunately, they forgot that Sonja's films were mainly tailored made to show off her skating. This film was taking the plot of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
" but did not alter the plot to fit the skating. Thus, the skating seemed just thrown in. Worse, Carol had no acting experience, and this was giving her a major role. Henie's earlier films kept her roles smaller than this.
Once the studio realized that Carol couldn't carry the film as it was, they could have rewritten the film to fit the skating and not relied on her acting. But they didn't want to go that
far, so they tried to compensate with one of the most brazen acts of Stunt Casting
in film history. They brought in The Three Stooges
to take the place of the seven dwarfs.
That could have worked, but they still
didn't rewrite the script, and while the Stooges had a lot of screen time, it started late in the film, and had barely any Slapstick
. You read that right. A trio whose career was based on slapstick, had almost none. Not to mention being called upon to do some serious pathos, for which the Stooges were clearly unsuited. This is why the film was turned from a decent, if passible, film
into something loathed by their fans.
If you aren't a big fan of the stooges, you may enjoy this film, though. It's otherwise a nice, frothy film.
This film contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The inclusion of Count Oga, for one. The prince got a larger role than in other tellings. He actually has a role in the story instead of just a cameo, and he even gets to take part in an action-packed climax.
- Canon Foreigner: Count Oga
- Cool Crown: Snow White wears a really dainty one with her birthday skating dress.
- The Dragon: Count Oga
- Dream Ballet: Although a daydream ballet, Snow White has one of these after she thinks the prince was killed.
- Easy Amnesia: The prince got hit on the head during his assassination attempt, and lost his memory.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Snow White's skating dress on her birthday is loaded with sequins.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Count Oga takes a header into a cauldron filled with boiling oil and is shown sinking out of sight with an utterly agonized look on his face.
- Gorgeous Period Dress
- Jail Bake: With a sandwich instead of a cake.
- Mythology Gag: The Stooges just got their house from a bunch of dwarfs.
- Non-Actor Vehicle: Carol Heiss
- Parental Abandonment: Snow White's mother, of course to have the king remarry, and her father dies on her birthday.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Snow White's skating dresses.
- Pretty in Mink: The film had a number of dresses with fur trim, including the white skating dress Snow White wears◊, and she gets an ermine muff for her birthday.
- Prince Charming: Actually named that.
- Princess Classic
- Rule of Three: The magic dagger Count Oga wears grants three wishes, but they can only be used for good.
- Snake Oil Salesman: The Stooges were doing this before they rescued the prince.
- Slapstick: There were a few scenes of this, but very little compared to the Stooges other films.
- Storybook Opening: With the Stooges interrupting it repeatedly.