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Clyde Bruckman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 April 1937 (USA) See more »
The Stooges escape from jail in order to save their father from gangsters and a beautiful gold-digger. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly / Pop Howard (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Austin ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Hat Salesman (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Chopper's Henchman (uncredited)
Lucille Lund ... Daisy (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Chopper (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Chopper's Henchman (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Pop's Butler (uncredited)
Elaine Waters ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clyde Bruckman  screenplay

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

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

Did You Know?

Curly Howard (as Pop) briefly speaks in his normal voice in one scene.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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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Spoofs Three Smart Girls (1936)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lesser Stooge, 25 January 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

3 Dumb Clucks (1937)

** (out of 4)

Weaker Three Stooges short has the boys breaking out of prison so they can stop their father from marrying a blonde who is working with a gangster. After the marriage they plan on killing the father but the boys have their own plans. The boys were in an incredibly hot stretch during this period of their career so it's rather shocking to see how bland this short is but no one could have batted a thousand. The biggest problem I found was that the film was extremely lazy in its writing and acting. The screenplay is a pretty poor one because it recycles plenty of gags seen in previous films but this time out they aren't one bit funny. Another issue with the laziness comes in an early gag where Moe and Larry pick Curly up to use his head to break out of the prison. The edit to the stunt double is poorly done but what's even worse is that the stunt double is so obvious because he's skinny and has a full head of hair! Also, having Curly play the father is fine but they make no attempt to make him look different. I know this plays a part in a joke towards the end but the joke itself is rather lame, which just makes this stick out like a sore thumb.

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