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Three Smart Saps (1942)

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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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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Production number 532. See more »

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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 »

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Curly's Dancing Partner: Do you rumba?
Curly: Only when I take bicarbonate. Yuk. Yuk. Let's dance anyway.
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References Three Smart Girls (1936) See more »

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Brazilian Cotillion
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Music and lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Danced by The Three Stooges and their partners
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21 February 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Three Smart Saps (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Moe, Larry and Curly arrive at the home of three daughters who they plan to marry but they learn the wedding has been called off because their warden father is now behind bars like a criminal. In order to marry them the boys must break into prison and try to get the girl's father out of trouble.

If you're a fan of the Stooges then there's no question that you're going to find enough good laughs here to stay entertained. The film has a lot of quality moments with the majority of them coming in the first half as the boys try to get themselves arrested. The certain highlight of the movie comes when Larry and Curly try to throw some large rocks through a window not knowing that it's actually unbreakable. Of course Moe has to pay for it. The second half of the film has the Stooges inside the prison where there's a funny dance going on and of course all sorts of slap-happy violence follows.


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