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Jerks of All Trades (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 12 October 1949
Television pilot for a Three Stooges situation comedy, where the Stooges are painters and paperhangers and completely wreck a hapless couple's home.

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George Cahan

Writer:

Henry Taylor
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Cast

Credited cast:
Larry Fine ... Larry (as The Three Stooges)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as The Three Stooges)
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as The Three Stooges)
Emil Sitka ... Mr. Pennyfeather
Symona Boniface ... Mrs. Pennyfeather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Berle Phil Berle ... Himself (1999 video release introduction)
Gary Owens ... Narrator (1999 video release introduction) (voice)
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Television pilot for a Three Stooges situation comedy, where the Stooges are painters and paperhangers and completely wreck a hapless couple's home.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1949 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Filmed on 12 October 1949. This pilot for ABC TV was never broadcast, and was unseen by the public until producer Phil Berle made it available in the 1990s. It made its DVD debut in 1999. See more »

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The stooges as TV stars....
30 August 2015 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

Well, I believe Moe, Larry and Shemp had aspirations of being television stars with the filming of this pilot episode, but Columbia Pictures--for whatever strange reasons--stopped production of the potential new series with legal action; their so called "logic" being that a TV series would interfere with the production of stooge short films.

All that aside, the pilot still exists and I would say it's a great show. At first, one might miss the stooge sound effects that greatly enhanced the short films by Columbia--but even with that lack of sound, the stooges show that they were truly adept comedians who could generate big laughs in any setting.

Adding to the proceedings are stooge film veterans, Emil Sitka and Symona Boniface. And one great moment that comes at the end of the "pressure cooker" scene is Moe remarking how the stooges attract the oddest sort of people.

I know there are some mixed reviews for "Jerks", but in my eyes it rates as some of the stooges' finest work.

9 stars


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