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Release Date:
22 August 1941 (USA) See more »
The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Butler (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... The Cook (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Poindexter Lawrence (uncredited)
Dice ... Horse (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mrs. Lawrence (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... The Baker (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... The Maid (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Ice Customer (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Ice Customer (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
Lloyd French (story) (as Lloyd A. French)

Lloyd French (screenplay) (as Lloyd A. French)

Produced by
Del Lord .... producer
Hugh McCollum .... producer
Cinematography by
Philip Tannura 
Film Editing by
Burton Kramer 
Music Department
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Additional Details

18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Contrary to common belief, the long staircase in this film is NOT the same one used in Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's Oscar-winning short, The Music Box (1932). It is, however, in the same Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, about two miles away.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the end, when the Stooges slide down the stairway in fast motion, some people can be seen at the bottom, wondering what was going on. When they realize that a film is being shot, they try running out of the camera's line of sight.See more »
Curly:[wakes up with his head stuck in a block of ice] Moe! Defrost me!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Listen, Judge (1952)See more »


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The Stooges at the height of their career in one of their best films., 14 March 2001

The Three Stooges have, for years, been summarily dismissed as inferior despite their continued popularity over several generations. Some have stated that their longevity alone is enough to earn respect. "An Ache Every Stake" is just one solid example of the Stooges at their best, offering proof that they are more than merely a succession of blatant slapstick gags. Based on the same premise as Laurel and Hardy's long lost silent "Hats Off" (1927) and their Oscar winning "The Music Box" (1932), "An Ache in Every Stake" features the Stooges as ice men who must deliver blocks of ice to a home that rests atop a long flight of stairs. By the time they reach the top of the stairs, the ice has melted in the hot sun. After this premise, the Stooges somehow stumble into preparing dinner as servants to a wealthy couple (during the wartime help shortage, such things were not so far-fetched). Within its two reels, "An Ache in Every Stake" offers some of the Stooges top gags from their arsenal of burlesque and vaudeville chestnuts, as well as perhaps their most energetic performances. It is certainly a prime example of an unfairly underrated comedy team. Now that Moe, Larry, and Curly have become a part of pop culture, it is recommended that highbrow critics give their work a second look. Films such as this have withstood the test of time because of the real talent and creativity that went into them. When approached open-mindedly, without the pretentious prejudices that some film scholars choose to embrace, The Three Stooges can be considered among the most delightful comedy teams of their time.

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