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7 January 1938 (USA) See more »
They've Got the Bug-House Blues!
The stooges are pest exterminators, mistakenly hired by a rich lady looking for an escort to a fancy society party... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beatrice Blinn ... Guest (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen Davis ... Guest (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Guest (uncredited)
Richard Fiske ... Arthur Van Twitchell (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mrs. Muriel Van Twitchell (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Mrs. Mabel Sturgeon (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Guest (uncredited)
John Ince ... Clayhammer (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Lord Wafflebottom (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ... Guest (uncredited)
Etta McDaniel ... Mandy - The Maid (uncredited)
Kay Vallon ... Tall Blonde Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
Elwood Ullman (story) &
Al Giebler (story)

Elwood Ullman (screenplay) &
Al Giebler (screenplay)

Produced by
Charley Chase .... associate producer
Hugh McCollum .... associate producer
Cinematography by
André Barlatier 
Film Editing by
Art Seid  (as Arthur Seid)
Music Department
Victor Schertzinger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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USA:18 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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The Three Stooges' first short of 1938, hence the reference in the title.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Ants in the Pantry (1936)See more »
Frederic MarchSee more »


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Good Premise, But Not The Usual Party Havoc, 1 September 2010
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

The boys are exterminators. Through a series of events too long to go into here, they wind up at a posh party - the perfect place for the Three Stooges to create mayhem. They are supposed to be an "escort service," and a date of one of the swanky snobs.

If you seen The Three Stooges, chances are you've seen this short or at least a couple like it, where the uncouth slobs (in this one, they are also considered by the uniformed as "those college chaps") wreak havoc at an exclusive party. Yes, that happens here but, sadly, only to a small degree, not like I've seen it in all the other Three Stooges comedies. I kept excepting the wild scenes at the dinner or with the rodents afterward but the humor was bland....not up the boys usual high standards.

The best gags were at the beginning before they ever arrived at this party. Moe, Larry and Curly's efforts to get a mouse are pretty funny. Moe's is not practical, but the most elaborate (involving a cannon!).

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