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Three Pests in a Mess (1945)

The stooges are three inventors trying to a get a patent on their preposterous fly catching invention. When they learn they'll have to catch 100,000 flies to earn enough to get a patent, ... See full summary »

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The stooges are three inventors trying to a get a patent on their preposterous fly catching invention. When they learn they'll have to catch 100,000 flies to earn enough to get a patent, some crooks overhear and think the boys are the $100,000 sweepstakes winners. When the crooks give chase, the stooges hide in a sporting goods store where Curly shoots a dummy, which they mistake for a real person. The boys decide to bury the "body" in a pet cemetery, but the cemetery owner arrives from a costume party with his partners, all dressed as spooks, and they proceed to scare the devil out of the stooges. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Three screwballs on the loose! (One-sheet poster).

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19 January 1945 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first half of this short is a remake of plot elements from the 1933 Paramount comedy short "Sailors Beware!". The second half is a remake of plot elements from the 1933 Hal Roach Studios comedy short "Wreckety Wrecks". See more »

Goofs

Curly miscalculates $100,000 as the value of 100 flies at a penny per fly. The correct figure is 10,000. See more »

Quotes

Curly: [tumble weed rolls past him] Somebody just ran by me.
Moe: What'd he look like?
Curly: I couldn't tell, he was on his hands and knees and had a big head full of curls...
Larry: Say, why don't we put him
[the corpse]
Larry: out in the street?
Curly: What? And have somebody run over him and kill him again?
[shakes his head]
Moe: We're gonna bury him right here!
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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One of best Three Stooges shorts!
12 March 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one of Curly's last short subjects but it is very good.I feel its a good one to watch around Halloween time as well!Christine McIntyre was very good and Vernon Dent was too!The thing with the dummy was great!This is a good one to check out!


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