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The stooges are tricked out of their inheritance by Icabob Slipp, a crooked lawyer. The boys follow Slipp onto a passenger train and corner him, but not before they accidentally let a lion loose on the train. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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17 July 1947 (USA)  »

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The Lion and the Louse  »

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The only short of The Three Stooges to feature all three Howard brothers - Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Shemp Howard - together. However, they did appear in the 1930 Ted Healy Stooge movie, Soup to Nuts (1930). See more »

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Larry's stunt double can be seen when The 3 Stooges run from the Lion. See more »

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Shemp: [with a fish bowl on his head, he mumbles inaudibly]
Moe: What did he say?
Larry: [mimics inaudible mumbling]
Moe: [smacks Larry] Get out of here!
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"No slippery guy like Slipp is ever gonna cheat us!"
17 June 2003 | by (US) – See all my reviews

All Stooge elements come together to form a cohesive whole in this early Shemp effort. The Stooges are sole heirs of their Uncle Ambrose Rose's estate. The boys track "Honest" Icabod Slipp (Kenneth MacDonald) who has made off with their inheritance. Will they find him and recover their inheritance?

With this film, Shemp Howard demonstrates no rustiness after being absent from the Stooges for 14 years. He fits comfortably into the third Stooge role; his fight with MacDonald is hilarious, and his natural comedic gifts are fully on display. The short features a classic exchange between Larry and Shemp: "The moola! The geetis! No slippery guy like Slipp is ever gonna cheat us! Zoot Zoot! Zoot!" If this sounds silly in words, watch the short and try not to crack up when Larry and Shemp say it!

As mentioned by others, "Hold That Lion" features a cameo by Curly Howard as a sleeping passenger. He demonstrates verbal signs of the old Curly, but he is obviously sitting down due to his stroke. He's funny in this brief scene, but it is also sad to watch.

The film was remade with a combination of stock footage and new scenes as "Loose Loot" in 1953. The remake is actually better, offering a tighter storyline and better laughs. "Hold That Lion" is still a gem, though. 7 out of 10.


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