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29 July 1938 (USA) See more »
The stooges are janitors working in a movie studio. After wrecking the bosses office, they get jobs as actors in an African movie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Monte Collins ... Herbert Herringbone - Director
Jane Hamilton ... Mirabel Mirabel

Ray Corrigan ... Naba - The Gorilla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dudley Dickerson ... Native (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... Dr. Ba Loni Sulami (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... B.O. Botswaddle (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Searle Kramer (story)

Searle Kramer (screenplay)

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

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18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Columbia production reel #426.See more »
Boom mic visible: Just after Curly throws mud at Moe's face, who then hurls it to Larry, against the tent behind them, you can see the shadow of the boom mic, (something hard to spot in the many Stooges films).See more »
B.O. Botswaddle:Haven't we got anyone under contract that, uh, looks like a gorilla?
Mirabel Mirabel:No, not even your relatives!
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No Laughs Missing Here, 1 January 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's possible that Harry Cohn over at Columbia got wind of the fact that Hal Roach was planning to do an epic about prehistoric times that became One Million BC. So who better to do a spoof on that for a whole lot less money than his favorite comics, The Three Stooges.

After causing the usual amount of chaos and mayhem as janitors at a movie studio, Moe, Larry, and Curly are cast as two prehistoric men and a gorilla. Guess who has the gorilla look about him?

But that's a key part because as the gorilla you get to make love to Jane Hamilton, nicely and scantily clad in animal skins as befits a prehistoric sexpot.

For realism's sake they decide to shoot the thing in the real jungle as real as Hollywood back lot jungles got in those days. Of course when a real gorilla resents the invasion of his turf, the fun really starts.

A lot of the same gags, compacted into Three Missing Links can be found in the later Abbott&Costello feature film, Africa Screams. Best of course is seeing a real battle of wits between Curly and the gorilla.

I'd say they were evenly matched.

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