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Three Pests in a Mess (1945)

The stooges are three inventors trying to a get a patent on their preposterous fly catching invention. When they learn they'll have to catch 100,000 flies to earn enough to get a patent, ... See full summary »

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Del Lord

Writer:

Del Lord
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Christine McIntyre ... Cheatham's Secretary
Brian O'Hara Brian O'Hara ... I. Cheatham
Vernon Dent ... Philip Black
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Storyline

The stooges are three inventors trying to a get a patent on their preposterous fly catching invention. When they learn they'll have to catch 100,000 flies to earn enough to get a patent, some crooks overhear and think the boys are the $100,000 sweepstakes winners. When the crooks give chase, the stooges hide in a sporting goods store where Curly shoots a dummy, which they mistake for a real person. The boys decide to bury the "body" in a pet cemetery, but the cemetery owner arrives from a costume party with his partners, all dressed as spooks, and they proceed to scare the devil out of the stooges. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Three screwballs on the loose! (One-sheet poster).

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Comedy | Short

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Trivia

The first half of this short is a remake of plot elements from the 1933 Paramount comedy short "Sailors Beware!". The second half is a remake of plot elements from the 1933 Hal Roach Studios comedy short "Wreckety Wrecks". See more »

Goofs

When Christine McIntyre first tears off Curly's second shirt, there is shirt tail hanging out in the front of the third shirt. When the scene cuts to her tearing the third shirt off, the shirt tail is no longer hanging out. See more »

Quotes

Curly: [tumble weed rolls past him] Somebody just ran by me.
Moe: What'd he look like?
Curly: I couldn't tell, he was on his hands and knees and had a big head full of curls...
Larry: Say, why don't we put him
[the corpse]
Larry: out in the street?
Curly: What? And have somebody run over him and kill him again?
[shakes his head]
Moe: We're gonna bury him right here!
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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3 Silly, Little Pests In A Messy-Messy Mess
11 September 2020 | by StrictlyConfidentialSee all my reviews

Up until the time when Curly, Larry, and Moe arrived at the Ever Rest Pet Cemetery, I thought that "Three Pests In A Mess" was turning out to be a very entertaining and equally comical Stooges' short.

Yeah. Before all of the goofy cemetery business. this enjoyable episode was really moving along at a nice, brisk and humorous pace.

But, unfortunately, "Three Pests In a Mess" ended up losing a lot of its steam and falling flat on its face at about the half-way point in its zany story-telling.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1945 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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