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Clyde Bruckman (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 December 1939 (USA) See more »
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Production number 451.See more »
[to Curly]
Moe:Why don't you get a toupee with some brains in it!
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Riotous Short; the Stooges Destroy High Society, 22 August 2009
Author: mrb1980

This Three Stooges short uses the old plot device of placing the blue-collar Stooges in high society surroundings, setting the scene for all sorts of lowbrow mischief at the expense of the upper crust and bringing the haughty rich down to the working-class level of the Stooges.

In order to make fast money, the phone-repairmen Stooges pose as pricey psychiatrists Drs. Ziller, Zeller, and Zoller and crash a society birthday party at a swank mansion. After falling off their tandem bike, the Stooges consult wealthy Mr. Rumsford (Don Beddoe), who asks them to examine his young wife (the lovely birthday girl Lorna Gray). All manner of chaos ensues, especially when the Stooges sit down with the rich folks for a formal dinner party. Things naturally get quickly out of hand, and everything culminates in a wild upper crust cream puff fight, then the boys are paid $1,500, after which they scram.

The action never slows down, the gags are hilarious, and the supporting cast is fine. A young Ann Doran appears as an unbearably stiff and haughty socialite, who is of course on the receiving end of her share of cream puff missiles. Lorna Gray is absolutely radiant and has a great talent for the Stooges' style of comedy. The dependable Don Beddoe is great as the exasperated Mr. Rumsford, who is unable to control his wild young wife. For some reason I can't identify, I've always thought that the Stooges crashing their tandem bicycle is one of their funniest gags ever. Even if you don't particularly like the Three Stooges, you might enjoy this bright and funny short subject.

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