THREE STOOGES

 

Cast: Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard
Running Time: 17 mins.
Vault: VARIETIES

To inherit a fortune, voice teacher Shemp must marry before six o'clock, but no girl will accept his proposal. Finally one of his repulsive students agrees to marry him, just in the nick of time. When the rest of the prospective brides hear about the inheritance, they show up at the ceremony and a free for all ensues. Shemp marries before the deadline, but wishes he was still a free man. In one scene, Christine McIntyre discovers that Shemp is not the "Cousin Basil" she thought he was, and slaps him around, then punches him and knocks him through the door. McIntyre, who was not a professional stuntwoman, leaned too far in when she "punched" Shemp, and actually did hit him, breaking his nose. The sequence was left in the picture.

 

Cast: Curly Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine
Running Time: 17 mins.
Vault: VARIETIES

One of the funniest shorts The Three Stooges ever made -- the timing and delivery of the jokes was pure perfection for Larry, Moe and Curly. Some of the "special effects" were pure hilarity, such as the scene where Larry flings the bow from his violin, removing the stenographer's toupee. The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the day when they discover the real murderer's identity. The "raise your right hand" scene was improvised by Curly. Moe's father, Sol Horowitz, makes an uncredited appearance in this film as a front-row member of the court audience.

 

Cast: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, George Lewis, Frank Lackteen, Vernon Dent
Running Time: 16 mins.
Vault: VARIETIES

Set in a desert land where the stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded with the contraband jewel. They journey to the stronghold of Shmo where they disguise as Santa Clauses and scare the ruler into giving them the diamond.

 

Cast: Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard
Running Time: 17 mins.
Vault: VARIETIES

The stooges are tailors, and are heavily in debt to the Skin & Flint finance company. When the boys read about the big reward for a fugitive robber, they think it could be the answer to their problems. The bank robber conveniently ducks into their shop and leaves a suit with a safe combination. After his girl friend fails to retrieve it, the robber returns with gang and a wild fight ensues. The boys miss out on the reward but wind up with the crook's bankroll and can pay their creditors.

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