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3 May 1951 (USA) See more »
The nonsense kings take the census - the hard way (One-sheet poster). See more »
The stooges become census takers and wind up in the apartment of a lady whose husband is both jealous and a knife thrower... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)

Jean Willes ... Lucy Wyckoff
Dick Curtis ... Mr. Wycoff

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Felix Adler 

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
Cinematography by
Fayte M. Browne  (as Fayte Browne)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Charles Clague 
Other crew
Hurley Breen .... stand-in: Shemp Howard (uncredited)
Charlie Cross .... stand-in: Larry Fine (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier .... stand-in: Moe Howard (uncredited)

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USA:16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #14643)

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Production number 4158.See more »
Moe:[Shemp and Larry are pretending to be a couple] Good morning what is your name please?
Shemp:Shempena Howard.
Moe:Well married or single?
Shemp:Married and this is my husband, the rat.
Larry:Cut it out.
Moe:Tell me Sir, have you any children?
Larry:[Larry counts his fingers] No children.
Moe:Where were you born, madam?
Shemp:In the hospital.
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Spoofs What's the Matador? (1942)See more »


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Making sense of the census, 16 September 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

As this 3 Stooges short subject came out in 1951 the 1950 census would have been over and done with. I'm familiar with how census takers are hired, it's a patronage boom for the administration in charge at the time. Moe, Larry, and Shemp must have been fine Democrats and supporters of Harry Truman to get these positions. And believe me sometimes those hired aren't far above the level of the 3 Stooges.

The guys have been hired as census takers and obviously their supervisor felt that three were needed at once to get the needed information. Usually census takers work solo, but what's the fun in that?

So the first apartment they come to is that of Jean Willes and her husband, movie western villain Dick Curtis. They're show business performers with a magic act. Their time before a fun house mirror is amusing, but the real fun starts when Curtis comes home and Willes flees because Curtis is a jealous man.

Curtis who played some mean villains has a great sense of comedy and gets as many laughs as the boys.

One of the best of the short subjects with Shemp.

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