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Booty and the Beast (1953)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  5 March 1953 (USA)
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The stooges do a good turn and help a stranger open a safe in what they think is the man's house. Actually the man is a crook and the boys were unwitting accomplices to a robbery. Once they... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Vernon Dent ...
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The stooges do a good turn and help a stranger open a safe in what they think is the man's house. Actually the man is a crook and the boys were unwitting accomplices to a robbery. Once they realize what's happened, the stooges go after the bad guy and who's left on the train to Los Vegas. The boys trap the villain and recover the booty. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

5 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fun for the Money  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the archive footage Larry wears a vest; he is not wearing one in the new footage (except in one shot). See more »


Larry: Hey, how do you spell "garage"? With a G or a J?
Shemp: With a "G", you idiot. G-A-R-A-J.
Larry: Oh!
Moe: Fine speller you turned out to be. "G-A-R-A-J". Don't you know there's an "E" on the end of it?
Shemp: Hmm. You just made that up.
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Edited from Hold That Lion! (1947) See more »

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Still Good For A Laugh
14 August 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's not their booty though they helped steal it and it's not their beast though they have to flee from it. But only Moe, Larry, and Shemp could get themselves in the jackpot they get in Booty And The Beast.

The second half of this film is taken completely intact from Hold That Lion a few years earlier with them chasing character actor Kenneth MacDonald through a train to get their inheritance. Instead of being a slippery lawyer as he was in Hold That Lion, MacDonald is a gentleman burglar who convinces the passing Three Stooges he's just a man locked out of his own home and he must have picked up the wrong bag at the station.

Of course our three heroes help him break in and steal the contents of a safe and now they have to catch him lest they be put in jail. At this point Hold That Lion is now grafted into the new short subject.

The Stooges were getting old and the creative powers at Columbia Pictures were getting stale and in the later Shemp films the boys were doing a lot of this. But just because it was done before, it's still good for a laugh, the Three Stooges chasing MacDonald and being chased by a lion they free.

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