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Three Dark Horses (1952)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  16 October 1952 (USA)
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A campaign boss is looking for three delegates to the presidential convention, delegates that are too stupid to discover that his candidate, Hammond Egger, is a crook. Enter the stooges as ... See full summary »

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A campaign boss is looking for three delegates to the presidential convention, delegates that are too stupid to discover that his candidate, Hammond Egger, is a crook. Enter the stooges as janitors sent to clean the man's office. After some of their antics, the boy's suitability for the job is apparent and they're hired. The stooges go to the convention, but double cross their boss and vote for another candidate, Abel Lamb Stewer. When the boss and his muscle man come looking for revenge, the boys defeat them in a wild fight. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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They're cleaning up politics . . . and bringing down the house!

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Although he never appears in the film, a photo of candidate Hammond Egger appears several times. The photo is of supporting actor Bud Jamison, who suddenly died in 1944. The photo was put in the short as a tribute to the late actor, whose talents were sorely missed during the post Curly Howard-era. See more »

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When the Stooges are throwing confetti around the room, Larry gets a whole bunch on his face, but all of it suddenly disappears in the next shot. See more »

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Moe: You can be Secretary of the Offense, you'll be Secretary of the Inferior, and I'll be Toastmaster General!
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Funny can be done with no budget.
10 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Irony. Sometimes the funniest things are done with minimal resources as in this short. No great staging or special effects, five people in the whole cast including the Stooges themselves, and yet it's not too bad at all. Seems though like it could have been part of something bigger. The sequencing of the first scene on to the second is perfect and so you wish for more but, "That's all there is, there isn't any more." (Quote from L&H'S Sons of the Desert 1933) And that's a pity. Columbia had literally gold in their hands and just would always let it slip through their money grubbing fingers. Irony again. Big shots like Harry Cohn and Louis B. Mayer had all the great comedy talent at their disposal yet in all truth neither guy reportedly had a decent sense of humor. This short is not just some more pokes and gouges by the boys but an actual satire of politics at the time...or any time really, from ancient Rome to now with Clinton, Gore, and Bush. "Hmm! Three guys. That's a coincidence!" Names like Hammond Egger and Able Lamb Stewer, it's too much. Watch this one by all means and laugh at the body politic.


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