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Scheming Schemers (1956)

The stooges are three incompetent plumbers who foul up the plumbing in a fancy mansion where a society party is going on. They manage to catch a couple of thieves masquerading as guests ... See full summary »

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Shemp (archive footage) (as Shemp)
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Mrs. Allen (archive footage)
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Mr. Walter Norfleet
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Mr. Allen
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The stooges are three incompetent plumbers who foul up the plumbing in a fancy mansion where a society party is going on. They manage to catch a couple of thieves masquerading as guests before the whole party degenerates into a pie fight. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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A floodtide of fabulous fun. (One-sheet poster). See more »

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4 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Pixilated Plumbers  »

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Joe Palma doubles for Shemp Howard in scenes filmed after Shemp's death. See more »

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Mr. Norfleet gives his address as 1414 Bleecker Street. However the number on his house clearly reads 1727. See more »

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Edited from Pest Man Wins (1951) See more »

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Not bad for a hodgepodge
26 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first "Shempless Shemp Short" that I've had the chance to see. I must say that, if I didn't know beforehand -- and hadn't previously seen "A Plumbing We Will Go", "Half Wit's Holiday" and "Vagabond Loafers" -- I wouldn't have guessed that this was comprised of scenes shot at 4 different dates over a 16-year period.

While this short is fairly enjoyable in its own right, it has the additional, rather backhanded benefit of the games you can play while watching it. Spot the 1940 "Plumbing" footage. Spot the 1947 "Holiday" footage. Spot the 1949 "Vagabond" footage. Spot the new footage (in which Larry & Moe, sadly, have to talk about the deceased Shemp as if he were still there). Spot the fake Shemp (in just a shot or two). Spot the old dialog dubbed over new footage (Shemp's voice, in a fake Shemp scene). Spot the new dialog dubbed over old footage (references to the "ring" added to "Vagabond" footage).

It loses points for being a remake of a remake, for the "lost ring" plot not fitting naturally with some of the old footage, for trying too hard to compensate for Shemp's absence in new footage by saying his name more times than necessary, and for having previously unseen characters unaccountably show up (from the "Holiday" footage) so they can get hit with pies. But it gains points for managing to be as smooth and coherent as it is for such an unlikely hodgepodge.


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