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    Posted: March 22 2008 at 2:21am

This morning, TCM featured a rather obscure film from the famed Three Stooges comedy trio who have enormous appeal among 7 year-old boys. The film was titled Rockin' In the Rockies. The film had some notable points:

1. It featured the original Three Stooges. Several of their films were made after the passing of Curly.

2. The film was set in Reno, Nevada, which isn't a Rocky Mountain state. The title is a bit of a mystery.

3. Musical entertainment was provided by Spade Cooley, The King of Western Swing. If you've never heard of him (either), watching this movie will give you a good clue as to why.

4. Moe Howard does not wear his trademark "moe cut."

 

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Here is an imbd LINK to The Three Stooges movie "Rockin' in the Rockies." It even looks like The Stooges themselves used different names in the film (not the names Moe, Larry & Curly): 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038033/

 

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Larry and Curly did use their own names in this one, but Moe played a character by a different name. That is a point of interest that didn't occur again in any of their later films, to the best of my knowledge.

Of more interest to me was the evident attempt to use this film as a star vehicle for Spade Cooley. He had a rather lengthy filmography, although mostly in uncredited roles or in B-films at best. Evidently the title of "King of Western Swing" didn't translate to beng a big box office draw. And once he abdicated the throne, there were apparently no willing heirs or successors. So if anyone out there wishes to claim the title of "King of Western Swing," the office appears to be vacant! Just don't expect a lot of perks with the position. I suspect it carries all the honors attendant to, say, President of the Sylvester Stallone Fan Club.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote saturnwatcher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 27 2008 at 4:28pm

Some points of trivia are really too good not to see the light of day. After clicking tomsmobr's link above, I followed another link and treated myself to the biography of Spade Cooley.

Not only was the man the (self-proclaimed) King of Western Swing, he was probably the only actor ever to appear in a Three Stooges movie who ended up doing hard time for murdering his wife. Evidently, Cooley flew into a murderous rage when his wife confessed to him that she was the Queen of Western Swing (though not exactly by virtue of being married to Spade, if you get my drift). There is some speculation that she concocted her story in order to get him to grant her a divorce. If so, the ploy backfired rather tragically.

Spade then became a model prisoner at Vacaville, and even founded a musical program within the prison, in spite of failing health. After a few years,  he was granted a furlow to appear at a police benefit concert, and ended up dying of a heart attack backstage during the performance. Clearly, this was a man dedicated to his craft.

King of Western Swing, stand in for Roy Rogers (really!), forgotten B-movie mogul and wife-murderer...obviously, we have here another person who deserves a spot in the future Razzie Hall of Fame.

 

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