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 »
The stooges make a whole batch of homemade beer, but get tossed in jail when Curly sells some to a policeman. Their minor indiscretion turns into a forty year sentence when a barrel of beer... See full summary »
Told in flash back, the stooges tell their son how he came to have three fathers. The stooges, owners of a pawn shop, owed money to the gashouse protection society, a bunch of loan sharks. ... See full summary »
The stooges are salesman selling a weight reducing machine. They have no luck until they show up at the house of an eccentric inventor where they are hired as caretakers. When the scientist... See full summary »
Set in the old west, the stooges become marshals in a town with a high death rate for lawmen. The boys set out prevent a marriage between the villain Blackie and the heroine Nell, who's ... See full summary »
The stooges are working as paperhangers in the home of Professor Panzer, a mad scientist looking for a brain to use in his experiments. The professor wants to put a human brain into a ... See full summary »
The stooges are the 'Minute Menders', three tinkers who live under their car. The boys decide to drum up some business by punching holes in the unattended lunch boxes of some workmen. When ... See full summary »
Curly learns that he is named in the will of his rich uncle, so the boys head for the uncle's mansion to attend the reading of the will. They arrive on a dark and stormy night only to find ... See full summary »
The stooges are three fish peddlers who decide to cut out the middleman by catching their own fish. They trade their car and $300 for a "new" boat which turns out to be a piece of junk that... See full summary »
Set in ancient Egypt, the stooges run a used chariot lot where they unload defective chariots on unsuspecting customers. When they gyp the head of the palace guard, they're brought to the ... See full summary »
The stooges are janitors working in the offices of Doctors Harts, Burns and Belcher. Some crooks arrive seeking medical attention after their boss has been wounded in a shoot out with the ... See full summary »
The stooges are working as bellboys in a large hotel when a side show promoter shows up with 'Lupe', a wild wolfman who promptly escapes. The stooges try to capture the wolfman by playing ... See full summary »
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 <email@example.com>
This is a wonderful example of the boys in their prime. It's quite different from most of their shorts in that it has a healthy amount of straight vaudeville and variety numbers, as opposed to an intricate storyline. They're down-on-their-luck actors who get a lucky break and end up going to Broadway. It was a hackneyed plot, even in 1944.
What makes this special is seeing the boys' authentic vaudeville routines showing that they not only could bonk each other around but also sing and dance. Their harmonies are handsome and their movements deft. Vaudeville is a lost art form and it took tireless, multi-talented people to pull it off. Speaking of talent, the addition of the dance team Flo, Mary, and Shirley provides even more life to the short, with their amazing acrobatics (and good looks). And this is one of the few stooge shorts where the ending actually makes sense and ties in with the rest of the story.
One needs to remember that in 1944, the world was at war, and a lot was needed to keep the morale up at home. This short is an example of that: singing, dancing, acting, and jokes aplenty make this a wonderful way to document how the country was feeling back then. And if you can relax and allow the stooges to showcase more examples of their creativity than just slapstick, you'll have an enjoyable ride.
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