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Release Date:
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)

Did You Know?

The first Stooges short to be directed by Jules White.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 »
[Larry thinks that a real gorilla behind him is Curly in a costume]
Larry:Cut it out, ya puddinhead!
Curly:I'm not me!
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Nice Stooges Short, 24 May 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Three Missing Links (1938)

*** (out of 4)

The Three Stooges are working as janitors at a movie studio when they're fired but then re-hired to go to Africa where they're filming a jungle movie. In the film Curly is to play a gorilla but sure enough when they start filming a real gorilla shows up on the set. It doesn't appear that this Stooge short has a very good reputation and while it does start off a little slow, things really pick up during the final ten-minutes. The stuff in the office at the start of the film is pretty much "been there, done that" because we get the typical antics like water being slung around and of course each men gets knocked upside the head a time or two. The second half is when things really take off and even though these jokes aren't too original they're still hilarious at times. The highlight for me has the be the scene where the boys are asleep in their tent with their feet sticking out. A lion comes up and begins licking the, tickling the boys but they think it's one another doing the job. More laughs are to follow when the gorilla enters the picture and no one can tell which one is real and which one is Curly. The final ten-minutes had me laughing extremely hard and this is clearly one people should enjoy.

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