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Three Smart Saps (1942)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  30 July 1942 (USA)
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The stooges are engaged to the three daughters of a prison warden. When they learn that some crooks have taken over the prison and their prospective father-in-law has been locked up, they ... See full summary »

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Curly (as Curly)
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Larry (as Larry)
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Moe (as Moe)
Julie Gibson ...
Stella Stevens
Julie Duncan ...
Mella Stevens
Ruth Skinner ...
Bella Stevens
John Tyrrell ...
Warden Stevens
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Storyline

The stooges are engaged to the three daughters of a prison warden. When they learn that some crooks have taken over the prison and their prospective father-in-law has been locked up, they decide to go undercover to rescue him. The stooges sneak into the prison where they find a casino with a fancy party in progress. After swiping some formal attire, they crash the party and get candid camera evidence to expose the crooked goings-on. With the crooks behind bars once again, the stooges are able to get married and all ends well. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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30 July 1942 (USA)  »

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Father's in Jail Again  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Production number 532. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, Moe is paired with Stella, Larry with Mella and Curly with Bella. At the wedding, Moe and Curly have switched girlfriends... Curly marries Bella, and Moe marries Stella. See more »

Quotes

Curly's Dancing Partner: Do you rumba?
Curly: Only when I take bicarbonate. Yuk. Yuk. Let's dance anyway.
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Connections

References Three Smart Girls (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Brazilian Cotillion
(rhumba)
Music and lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Danced by The Three Stooges and their partners
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One of the stand-out Stooges Shorts
31 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the more significant Stooges shorts, due to the hilarious and famous unique dance sequence, primarily focusing on Curly and the gorgeous former model, Barbara Slater. The sequence involves an extremely silly Rhumba number, which is comical in and of itself. During the takes, Barbara Slater looks like she's going to crack up at Curly's antics, so many of the shots appear to have been cut early (I'm assuming she did). This was a common problem for Curly's female co-stars, most notably, Christine McIntyre. The rest of the short is typical Clyde Bruckman fare, with a great cameo played by Bud Jameson. Ironically, there were very few Stooges shorts to feature dance numbers. This one was one of the best.


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