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Clyde Bruckman (story)
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Release Date:
30 July 1942 (USA) See more »
The stooges are engaged to the three daughters of a prison warden. When they learn that some crooks... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the stand-out Stooges Shorts See more (6 total) »


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Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Julie Gibson ... Stella Stevens
Julie Duncan ... Mella Stevens
Ruth Skinner ... Bella Stevens
John Tyrrell ... Warden Stevens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Cairns ... Moe's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Chuck Callahan ... Man on the Street (uncredited)
Frank Coleman ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Gambler (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Woman on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Disappointed customer of tailor (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier ... Doorman (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Guard at Main Door (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... Convict Nolan (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Woman on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Barbara Slater ... Curly's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Frank Terry ... Man on the Street (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Woman at Wedding (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Clyde Bruckman (story)

Clyde Bruckman (screenplay)

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
Music Department
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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USA:16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Production number 532.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Moe's Dancing Partner:[Not noticing the loss of her skirt] Do you feel a draft?
Moe:Draft? No, I was exempted.
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Movie Connections:
References Three Smart Girls (1936)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
One of the stand-out Stooges Shorts, 31 January 2009
Author: boatista24 from United States

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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