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Felix Adler (story)
Felix Adler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 May 1949 (USA) See more »
The stooges are taking care of their invalid friend Mary who is confined to wheelchair. What they don't... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Mary Ainslee ... Mary
Vernon Dent ... Insurance Adjustor
Jimmie Lloyd ... Cliff (as Jimmy Lloyd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bond ... Svengarlic (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Svengarlic's Manager (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier ... Man on Bike (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Felix Adler (story)

Felix Adler (screenplay)

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
Cinematography by
Vincent J. Farrar  (as Vincent Farrar)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Shemp:Does my head look like a steampipe?
Moe:No. A steampipe hasn't got ears.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Like "Svengarlic," This Has A Bad Odor To It, 23 February 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This couple is pulling off an insurance scam where the woman ("Mary") is faking being a wheelchair-bound victim. Today is the day the crooks get interviewed and then, hopefully, their money: $25,000, which was a lot of loot back then. The lady says she has "three saps who will testify what a hopeless cripple I am." Guess what "saps" she means?

The first seven minutes of the "movie" are the boys - Moe, Larry and Shemp - getting up in the morning, shaving each other and cooking Mary's breakfast. Nothing that funny in all that, maybe because most of the gags are re-hashed material from the "Curly" days.

Finally, the claims adjuster from the "Calamity Insurance Company" (series regular Vernon Dent) comes to Mary's apartment. The boys give him a piece of their mind, the only funny thing being Shemp's amazing footwork, and then leave to do their shop - putting up posters.

The poster they are plastering on the wall reads, "Here This Week - The Great Hypnotist SVENGARLIC! He'll Steal Your Breath Away" The hypnotist, looking for publicity to help his show, spots the Stooges and hypnotizes them. That leads to justice prevailing in the insurance scam. Overall: weak.

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