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3 Dumb Clucks (1937)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  17 April 1937 (USA)
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The Stooges escape from jail in order to save their father from gangsters and a beautiful gold-digger.



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Complete credited cast:
Curly / Pop Howard (as Curly)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)


The stooges escape from jail when they learn their father, who has just become rich, is planning to leave their mother and marry a young girl. Curly is mistaken for the stooges father (he plays both parts) and marries the girl instead. When they learn that she is working with gangsters who plan to kill their father for his money, they escape and take their father with them. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

17 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Dumb Clucks  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Curly Howard (as Pop) briefly speaks in his normal voice in one scene. See more »


When Larry and Moe are trying to get through the gate using a hammer and chisel just before Curly hits the chisel Moe bumps the gate and it moves open slightly; but is back closed tight when Curly actually swings the hammer. See more »


Curly: I got an idea in the back of my head!
Curly: Well, bring it out front!
[He hits him in the head]
Moe: What is it?
Curly: You knocked it clear out!
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Remade as Up in Daisy's Penthouse (1953) See more »

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Not One Of The Stooges' Best, But We See Curly In A Dual Role
27 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The boys break out of jail and go home to try and stop their pappy from being taken advantage of by a gold digger and from gangsters. Curly plays a dual role, taking over as the father. I guess that's most distinguishing feature of this so-so Three Stooges short. They didn't do anything, makeup wise, to Curly except to put big sideburns on him. That makes him 20 years older? No, he looks the same. It turns out, however, that is part of the story as we later get a "mistaken identity" angle where the bimbo thinks Curly is the old man.

Overall, this wasn't one of the Stooges best, especially in an era where they were really on a roll. Hey, you can't get a gem every time.

Note: If you watch enough of these Three Stooges in a short period of time, such as a couple of the DVDs, you see repeating scenes and comic lines. That was the case here in the opening jail scene. I saw and heard three jokes I had just seen in other episodes! Actually, this could have been the first usage of the jokes since it was done fairly early (1937) in the boys' careers. Whatever; fortunately, new material came after that in this episode, but you wonder how many of the same lines and jokes, and stock footage was used over the years.

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