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Three Sappy People (1939)

The stooges are phone repairmen who are mistaken for the psychiatrists in whose office they are working. A rich man hires them to treat his impetuous young wife who is always running of for... See full summary »

Director:

Jules White

Writer:

Clyde Bruckman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Lorna Gray ... Sherry Rumsford
Don Beddoe ... J. Rumsford Rumsford
Bud Jamison ... Williams - Butler
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Storyline

The stooges are phone repairmen who are mistaken for the psychiatrists in whose office they are working. A rich man hires them to treat his impetuous young wife who is always running of for submarine rides and the like. The boys ruin a dinner party at their clients mansion but their antics so amuse his wife the she is cured and the stooges are paid off handsomely. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Sloppy People See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It has long been claimed that, during the cream puff fight, Lorna Gray (Sheri Rumsford) had a cream puff accidentally lodge in her throat. However, she has said that the story is exaggerated. She was quite surprised at its impact and accuracy (as seen in her eyes, on-screen), but she was never in any distress or required any medical attention. See more »

Goofs

During the food fight, the amount of food on Moe changes. See more »

Quotes

Williams: [as stuffy butler, speaking into telephone] Is this Susquehanna, two-two-two-two?
Moe: [on doctors' switchboard] Too-too-too-too? What do ya think you're doin', bub, playing train?
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Riotous Short; the Stooges Destroy High Society
22 August 2009 | by mrb1980See all my reviews

This Three Stooges short uses the old plot device of placing the blue-collar Stooges in high society surroundings, setting the scene for all sorts of lowbrow mischief at the expense of the upper crust and bringing the haughty rich down to the working-class level of the Stooges.

In order to make fast money, the phone-repairmen Stooges pose as pricey psychiatrists Drs. Ziller, Zeller, and Zoller and crash a society birthday party at a swank mansion. After falling off their tandem bike, the Stooges consult wealthy Mr. Rumsford (Don Beddoe), who asks them to examine his young wife (the lovely birthday girl Lorna Gray). All manner of chaos ensues, especially when the Stooges sit down with the rich folks for a formal dinner party. Things naturally get quickly out of hand, and everything culminates in a wild upper crust cream puff fight, then the boys are paid $1,500, after which they scram.

The action never slows down, the gags are hilarious, and the supporting cast is fine. A young Ann Doran appears as an unbearably stiff and haughty socialite, who is of course on the receiving end of her share of cream puff missiles. Lorna Gray is absolutely radiant and has a great talent for the Stooges' style of comedy. The dependable Don Beddoe is great as the exasperated Mr. Rumsford, who is unable to control his wild young wife. For some reason I can't identify, I've always thought that the Stooges crashing their tandem bicycle is one of their funniest gags ever. Even if you don't particularly like the Three Stooges, you might enjoy this bright and funny short subject.


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