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Ewart Adamson (story)
Ewart Adamson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 November 1937 (USA) See more »
The stooges are suitors who go on a sit down strike when their prospective father-in-law refuses to consent the marriages... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of twelve Stooges' shorts on a collection DVD See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Dorety ... Man on Street (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Flora Bell (uncredited)
Marcia Healy ... Dora Bell (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Jack Long ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Betty Mack ... Cora Bell (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Mr. Bell (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Truck Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
Ewart Adamson (story)

Ewart Adamson (screenplay)

Produced by
Jules White .... associate producer
Cinematography by
George Meehan 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Did You Know?

Marcia Healy, who plays Dora Bell, Curly's wife, was the real life sister of Ted Healy, who created The Three Stooges.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Curley gets knocked out, with his feet in the wet cement, there are concrete rocks and fragments on the ground behind him. When he awakens with his feet in the hardened cement, and starts chopping his feet out of the cement, the rocks and fragments are gone.See more »
Larry:[pulling the girls names out of a hat to decide who will marry who] I got Florabell.
[hugs Larry with spine crunching sound effect]
Moe:I got Corabell.
Corabell:Oh Darling.
Curly:[pulls out the hat tag] I get Stetson, which one is she?
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of twelve Stooges' shorts on a collection DVD, 11 May 2004
Author: pwoods1 from Adelaide, South Australia

A long-time friend and fellow Stooges fan (we're in our fifties) and I sat down with a few glasses of 'Cab-Sav' (Cabernet Sauvignon for the uninitiated) and spent some enjoyable hours p***ing-ourselves laughing. Of the twelve classics in this collection, TSD was the last in order on the DVD but paradoxically the first released: 1937.

It is a real hoot but, more than that, surprisingly contemporary and with some insights into the American psyche. Yes, Virginia, there ARE female Stooges! The uncredited trio of actors playing the wives are a feminist's delight: just as stupid as the boys. Now there's equality for you! There are pointed comments about Unionism, the notion of lotteries, and even how the selection of wives is, in itself, a lottery. The final scene with its pre-fab nightmare (the house that 'crack' built) would have made Dali proud! Escher would rise from the dead just to applaud this surreal masterpiece!

What makes TSD different from many of the Stooges' shorts is that it does not fit neatly into their vaudeville act (for surely that is where many of their set-pieces were derived). While it shares the same anarchistic bent, it is at once more pointed in its criticism of the American world-at-large as it is of life-in-general. Put simply, it is a masterpiece of its genre and can stand alone as an indication of just how brilliant Moe, Larry and Curly were. Enjoy!

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