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Gents Without Cents (1944)

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The stooges are three small time actors looking for a job. They meet three girl dancers in the situation and get a small part in a big producers show at the shipyard. When the rest of the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Curly (as Curly)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Flo (as Lindsay)
Laverne Thompson ...
Mary (as LaVerne)
Shirley (as Betty)


The stooges are three small time actors looking for a job. They meet three girl dancers in the situation and get a small part in a big producers show at the shipyard. When the rest of the cast doesn't show up, the stooges and the girls must put on the whole show themselves. The show is a hit and the stooges marry the girls and head to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Short | Comedy | Music | War





Release Date:

22 September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tenderized Hams  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Three Stooges perform a famous vaudeville routine known as "Slowly I Turned" (aka "Niagara Falls"), which Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed in Lost in a Harem (1944), released the same year as this short. See more »


During the big show, after the girls fire the rifles and the flags drop, the shadow of the camera is seen as the camera dollies in towards the first flag. See more »


[After Curly says Niagara Falls]
Moe: Niagara Falls! Slowly I turn... step by step... inch by inch...
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Edited from Good Luck, Mr. Yates (1943) See more »

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30 June 2003 | by (US) – See all my reviews

"Gents Without Cents" on the surface may seem like another Stooge comedy for an indiscriminating audience, but underneath it emerges as one of their finest comedies of the World War II period.

The Stooges play entertainers trying to get a booking with promoter Manny Weeks (John Tyrrell). They meet up with three ladies who also have an act. Can they all convince Manny to give them a shot in his show?

"Gents Without Cents" includes two classic Stooge routines. The first is when they audition in Manny Weeks' office. They do their "rat-tat-toodle-toodle-day-day" song and show that they were capable of more than slapstick. Second, the film features their all-time classic "Niagara Falls" routine.

It is interesting to note that "Gents Without Cents" was filmed without the "Niagara Falls" routine. The scene with their "Niagara" performance was meant for the 1943 Columbia feature "Good Luck Mr. Yates" but was edited out of the final print. Luckily, the scene was saved and was inserted into "Gents Without Cents" seamlessly when the rest of the short was filmed in mid-1944.

It is wonderful to see Curly in great form here, handling his lines and scenes with precision. When the Stooges made another "variety" film in 1946, "Rhythm and Weep," Curly had had a stroke and the results were not the same.

"Gents Without Cents" stands out among a crop of generally weak 1944 Stooge shorts. 10 out of 10.

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