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Clyde Bruckman (original screenplay)
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1 December 1939 (USA) See more »
The stooges are phone repairmen who are mistaken for the psychiatrists in whose office they are working... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Lorna Gray ... Sherry Rumsford

Don Beddoe ... J. Rumsford Rumsford
Bud Jamison ... Williams - Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beatrice Blinn ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Blondell ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Countess (uncredited)
Richard Fiske ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Painter / Party Guest (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Dr. York (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Evelyn Young ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Clyde Bruckman (original screenplay)

Produced by
Jules White .... associate producer
Cinematography by
George Meehan 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Music Department
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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It has long been claimed that, during the cream puff fight, Lorna Gray (Sheri Rumsford) had a cream puff accidentally lodged into her throat. However, Miss Gray has said that the story is exaggerated. She was quite surprised at its impact and accuracy (as seen in her eyes, on-screen), but says she was never in any distress or required any medical attention.See more »
Williams:[as stuffy butler, speaking into telephone] Is this Susquehanna, two-two-two-two?
Moe:[on doctors' switchboard] Too-too-too-too? What do ya think you're doin', bub, playing train?
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Classic Stooges Short, 24 May 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Three Sappy People (1939)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Hilarious short has the Three Stooges playing phone repairmen who are working at the office of some famous psychiatrists when they learn they're in desperate need of money. They receive a phone call from some rich folks needing some help with a crazy wife so they pretend to be doctors and all hell breaks loose. This is perhaps one of the most famous shorts that the Stooges ever did and it's easy to see why as it's action-packed from start to finish with some terrific dialogue and great jokes. I'm normally not a fan of food fights and they can be from any film be it the Stooges or those early Keystone pictures but the one here is actually pretty funny and wild. One of the biggest highlights come from the boys trying to check reflexes but of course they can't do this right and it ends with Curly checking one man's who just happens to have a wooden leg. Other great jokes include a sequence at the dinner table when the boys make pigs out of themselves. The greatest scene in the film has to be when Curly accidentally eats a powder puff.

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