A Missed Fortune (1952) Poster

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Great Three Stooges short!
Movie Nuttball28 September 2004
The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is the all time funniest comedy team!

This is a hilarious Three Stooges short in My opinion. The Stooges are so funny. Nanette Bordeaux, Vivian Mason, and Suzanne Ridgeway all perform well and they look excellent! Stanley Blystone and Vernon Dent were good. There is another Three Stooges short with Curly very similar like this one called Healthy, Wealthy, and Dumb . I strongly recommend both!
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High-quality Shemp short
mason2230 August 2006
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I have a copy of this one off an old VHS boot, and I'm glad I do because I'm not sure that this short was ever available commercially. I'm not sure if it airs on Spike TV, either.

Anyhow, this short is a remake of the Curly-era HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND DUMB from 1938. It showcases the contrasting style of the Shemp and Curly eras. Moe is much more ill-tempered and prone to violence in this one. I always appreciated Jules White's tendency toward Moe-based payback, though some purists detested Jules White's violent style. He was a cost-cutter, too, as evidenced by one or two quick shots in this one that are lifted directly from Healthy (i.e., Moe lying under the demolished bed.) Larry is his typical scatterbrain self, and Shemp has his moments where he shines in this one. The systematic demolition of the furniture in the posh hotel still makes me laugh every time I watch it.
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Leave it to the radio jackpot programs to cause trouble!
slymusic17 September 2007
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"A Missed Fortune" is a fairly good Three Stooges short directed by Jules White and starring Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, & Moe Howard. This short is a remake, with a few little bits of stock footage, of an earlier Stooge short entitled "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb" (1938), which featured Curly Howard as the third Stooge. In this remake, Shemp wins $50,000 from a radio jackpot program, so the Stooges decide to live it up at the Hotel Costa Plente, all the while having no idea of the trouble that awaits them!

Highlights: Moe uses glue instead of syrup on his pancakes. Shemp drinks champagne until it literally comes out of his ears. Shemp's luxurious "bunk bed" collapses down onto Moe. Upon receiving the letter stating that Shemp's prize money has been significantly reduced by taxes, Shemp and Larry demonstrate some amusing ways of passing out. The boys arm themselves with loaded champagne buckets in order to take care of the hotel manager (Vernon Dent), but just as they open the door and let the champagne fly, they accidentally douse three pretty gold diggers who reside next door.

"A Missed Fortune" is a satisfactory Three Stooges short, but, as was characteristic of many of the 1950s Stooge shorts directed by Jules White, the film suffers from too much forced slapstick that is quite unnecessary. On a personal note, if my memory serves me correctly, "A Missed Fortune" was the very first Three Stooges short I ever saw as a kid; my father, who was a Stooge fan at that time, directed my attention to the television screen just as Shemp's "bunk bed" was about to collapse on top of Moe!
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