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Hold That Lion! (1947)

The stooges are tricked out of their inheritance by Icabob Slipp, a crooked lawyer. The boys follow Slipp onto a passenger train and corner him, but not before they accidentally let a lion ... See full summary »

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Jules White

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Felix Adler (story), Felix Adler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Icabod Slipp
Emil Sitka ... Attorney
Dudley Dickerson ... Pullman Porter
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Storyline

The stooges are tricked out of their inheritance by Icabob Slipp, a crooked lawyer. The boys follow Slipp onto a passenger train and corner him, but not before they accidentally let a lion loose on the train. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lion and the Louse See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first appearance of the updated, faster version of "Three Blind Mice", arranged by 'Lyle Spud Murphy'. With minor updates, it was used until their final shorts in 1959. See more »

Goofs

On the side of Slipp's office door after he knocks out Larry. See more »

Quotes

Moe: Say, what's another word for "scrutiny"?
Shemp: Scrutiny.
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Connections

Edited into Booty and the Beast (1953) See more »

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Holding the Line by Holding the Lion.
13 August 2014 | by redryan64See all my reviews

ONE OF THE better 3 Stooges shorts of its period, HOLD THAT LION scores high marks with us on many fronts. It accomplishes the difficult task of bridging the War years-type shorts with the Post War. It displays Shemp in the best light that we know; giving him a chance to shine.*

JUST COINCIDENTALLY THE short features an un-billed cameo by the now physically ailing Curly. His bit as a slumbering train passenger was meant to be the kick-off for some regular guest shots with Larry Fine and his brothers, Shemp and Moe Howard.

THIS ONGOING LIMITED partnership never materialized, leaving this as a unique solo example of what could have been.

AS FOR THE story itself, it is a sort of Detective Story spoof; featuring stolen money, a crooked shyster lawyer and our heroes in hot pursuit. The chase even extends to a railroad trip and a confrontation with a real caged Lion in the baggage car. That would seem to be the origin of the title (Duh!); but it is also a play on the then popular song, "The Tiger Rag" ( you know, "Hold That Tiger").

WE HAVE ALWAYS felt that perhaps the greatest asset this movie has is the character of crooked lawyer, Ichabod Slip. With a characterization that revealed an unexpected talent for farce, actor Kenneth MacDonald managed to steal much of the short's best gags and scenes; in spite of the presence of our Stooges.

THIS IS THE same guy who made so many appearances on the PERRY MASON TV Series as the Judge. To quote him, "Your witness, Mr. Mason."


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