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An Ache in Every Stake (1941)

 -  Short | Comedy | Family  -  22 August 1941 (USA)
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The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several cakes that a wealthy man is trying to bring home. When their antics cause the servants... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Curly (as Curly)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)


The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several cakes that a wealthy man is trying to bring home. When their antics cause the servants at their customer's house to quit, the boys are hired to take their place and prepare a dinner party. What they don't know is that the party is for the man whose cakes they wrecked. When Moe's gas filled cake explodes and the man realizes who they are, they must leave in a hurry. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Short | Comedy | Family





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22 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The turkey stuffing gags were performed 7 years earlier by Shemp Howard in his Vitaphone short subject A Peach of a Pair (1934); the director of that film was Lloyd French, this movie's screenwriter. See more »


You can see the split in the ice block before it breaks over Curly's head. See more »


Curly: [wakes up with his head stuck in a block of ice] Moe! Defrost me!
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Remade as Listen, Judge (1952) See more »

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Some Classic Gags, With Curly In His Best Form
13 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are some classic sight gags in this Three Stooges flick, one of better ones the boys did, even though some of jokes were familiar, like the cooking scenes. Nonetheless, who can forget that long line of stairs up to the house where Curly and his mates try to bring a woman a big block of ice? The ice truck scenes, complete with big blocks and tongs to carry them, are really a look at ancient history, as that was the way people obtained ice for their homes.

Vernon Dent is the main "victim" in this Three Stooges a short. He's a poor guy whose just trying to celebrate his birthday but every time he tries to bring home the birthday cake for himself and party guests, the Stooges give him a face full of it.

The boys wind up catering his party - don't ask how - and we get more memorable scenes, such as Curly's having a sofa spring stuck to the seat of his pants.....and what happens every time he tries to dance, or Curly pretending he's a barber shaving a block of ice - and talking to it! It was funny material decades ago, and it's still funny.

Moe and Larry also contribute in their customary entertaining fashion, but this really highlight's Curly in his prime.

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