The stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys ... See full summary »
The stooges are taking care of their invalid friend Mary who is confined to wheelchair. What they don't is that Mary is only faking her disability to swindle the insurance company. When the... 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 »
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 »
Set in Arthurian times, the stooges decide to help their friend Cedric the Blacksmith win the hand of the fair princess Elaine. At night the group sneaks into the castle to serenade Elaine,... See full summary »
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The stooges are janitors working in a newspaper office. When an anonymous caller phones in a tip about the theft a famous diamond, the boys decide to become reporters and go after the ... See full summary »
Shemp dies but cannot get into heaven until he reforms Moe and Larry. He returns to earth as an invisible spirit and sets out to prevent the other two stooges from selling a phony invention... See full summary »
The stooge's friend Claude sells them his old lemon of a car so they can take Shemp, who is sick with a toothache, camping. The car won't work and the boys are apparently out a bundle, when... 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 »
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Set in a desert land where the stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded ... See full summary »
Set in the stone age, the stooges are cavemen who must have various misadventures hunting, gathering, and otherwise coping with prehistoric life. When some other cavemen threaten to take ... See full summary »
The stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty. The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for his opponent and the two boxers engage in some pre-match fisticuffs that result in a broken hand for the opponent. The stooges think they've put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward. Written by
Mitch Shapiro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Shemp first attempts to enter the ring to spar with The Chopper, he becomes entangled in the ropes. The Chopper can be clearly seen standing just outside the ring with his fully gloved hands on his hips. The scene quickly cuts to a closeup of The Chopper, whose now-bare right hand is pulling up the glove on his left hand. See more »
Is he hurt?
The poor kid, and I owe him 5 bucks.
[Shemp suddenly revives]
Wait a minute, I heard that. Gimme the 5.
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Solid debut for Shemp Howard as one of the Three Stooges
When Clyde Bruckman devised the scenario for FRIGHT NIGHT, it featured Curly Howard's character since he was still one of the Three Stooges. By the time filming began, he had left the team due to illness and Shemp Howard replaced him. There's no indication in the resulting film, however, that Shemp was shoehorned in at the last minute. Without trying to imitate his brother Curly, he asserts himself as a Stooge, his buffoonery smoothly meshing with Moe Howard's browbeating and Larry Fine's flakiness. It's no surprise that Shemp effortlessly interacts with his partners as if he's been with them for years. After all, he had been with the team before Curly stepped in.
In FRIGHT NIGHT, the Stooges are fight managers who try to elude gangsters. Director Edward Bernds deftly executes the slapstick without resorting to tasteless violence. The short is peppered with funny gags, particularly a sequence where Moe manipulates an unconscious thug like a puppet to distract a pursuing thug. FRIGHT NIGHT also benefits from a well constructed and evenly paced storyline that generates suspense as well as humor.
All the Stooges perform admirably, but Shemp dominates the film. He is a comedic dynamo, conveying a delirious energy that belies his middle age. His broad mugging may not appeal to everyone, but those who enjoy this kind of comedy (like me) will find Shemp's performance highly adroit and diverting.
Overall, FRIGHT NIGHT is an enjoyable short that showcases the Three Stooges's comedy to good advantage and provides an impressive debut for Shemp Howard as a member of the team.
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