The stooges are pest exterminators who drum up business by planting vermin in a ritzy mansion where a party is going on. They are hired, but must pose as guests to work unobserved. They ... See full summary »

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The stooges are pest exterminators who drum up business by planting vermin in a ritzy mansion where a party is going on. They are hired, but must pose as guests to work unobserved. They ruin a piano and generally make a mess of the party, but the hostess passes them off as vaudeville comedians and they are invited to join the guests on a fox hunt. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Three assorted nuts...driving you bugs with laughter!

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Fun to watch the various shots of the party guests as they react to the Stooges' trashing of the piano. Continuity problems abound, most notably actor Lynton Brent, who is seen on the extreme left in his dress clothes in one shot, then immediately appears in riding gear in the next. See more »

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Gawkins - the Butler: ...and above all, don't be conspicuous!
Moe: Hey, if that conspicerous means what I think it does, I may have to punch you right in the nose.
Curley: Pipe down, it's derived from the Latin, no canna speaka da Ingalish.
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25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ants in the Pantry (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The Three Stooges are working as exterminators but when business is slow they decide to plant the insects themselves, which just leads to trouble. All the jokes here are rather hit and miss with most of them being misses but this short is still pretty entertaining. There's a "cut the hards" scenes, which was borrowed from the Marx Brothers but it's pretty funny here as is another scene where the boys start a dance after a guy gets a mouse down his back.

Now available on Columbia's 2-disc set, which features over 20 shorts, all remastered.


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