--------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Part 1 Introduction * Part 2 1934 - 1940 (Moe, Larry, Curly * Part 3 1941 - 1947 (Moe, Larry, Curly) * Part 4 1947 - 1952 (Moe, Larry, Shemp) * Part 5 1953 - 1959 (Moe, Larry, Shemp), (Moe, Lary, Joe) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 98. Fright Night (1947) ***+ ------------ Director: Jules White Cast : Cy Shindell, Dick Wesell, Harold Brauer, Claire Carleton The stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty. The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for his opponent and the two boxers engage in some pre-match fisticuffs that result in a broken hand for the opponent. The stooges think they've put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward. 99. Out West (1947) ***+ -------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Jack Norman, Jock Mahoney, Vernon Dent, Christyne McIntyre, Stanley Blystone, George Chesbro, Frank Ellis The stooges go out west for Shemp's health and get mixed up with some bad guys. The villains have locked up the Arizona Kid and their leader plans to marry his girl, Nell. The boys help the Arizona Kid escape and he rides to fetch the Cavalry. Somehow, the stooges manage to defeat the bad guys before the Cavalry arrives. 100. Hold That Lion (1947) ***+ -------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Kenneth McDonald, Emil Sitka, Dudley Dickerson, Curly Howard The stooges are gypped 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. [ Curly Howard has a cameo role as a snoring passenger. ] 101. Brideless Groom (1947) ***+ --------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Emil Sitka, Dee Green, Christyne McIntyre, Doris Colleen To inherit a fortune, voice teacher Shemp must marry before six o'clock, but no girl will accept his proposal. Finally one of his repulsive students agrees to marry him, just in the nick of time. When the rest of the prospective brides hear about the inheritance, they show up at the ceremony and a free for all ensues. Shemp marries before the deadline, but wishes he was still a free man. 102. Sing a Song of Six Pants (1947) ***+ ------------------------ Director: Jules White Cast : Vernon Dent, Virginia Hunter, Dee Green, Harold Baur The stooges are tailors, and are heavily in debt to the Skin & Flint finance company. When the boys read about the big reward for a fugitive robber, they think it could be the answer to their problems. The bank robber conveniently ducks into their shop and leaves a suit with a safe combination. After his girl friend fails to retrieve it, the robber returns with gang and a wild fight ensues. The boys miss out on the reward but wind up with the crook's bankroll and can pay their creditors. 103. All Gummed Up (1947) *** ------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Emil Sitka The stooges run a drug store and are about to have their lease taken away by the Flint, the mean old man who owns the place. When Flint kicks his wife out for being old, the stooges try to help her by inventing a formula that makes old people young. Their concoction turns the wife into a beautiful young woman, and Flint offers the boys the store for free if they'll transform him as well. They agree, but after he swallows the stuff he turns into an infant, and the boys leave on the run. 104. Shivering Sherlocks (1948) *** ------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Vernon Dent, Duke York, Kenneth McDonald, Frank Lacteen The stooges witness an armed robbery and are brought in by the cops as suspects. After passing a lie detector test, the boys are freed but are now the only ones who can identify the crooks. Meanwhile, their friend Gladys has inherited a house in the country and the boys go with her to inspect it so she won't be gypped when its sold. The house turns out to be the crook's hideout, and when they abduct Gladys, the stooges must rescue her. 105. Pardon My Clutch (1948) ***+ ---------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Matt McHugh, Emil Sitka The stooge's friend Claude sells them his old lemon of a car so they can take Shemp, who is sick with a toothache, camping. The car won't work and the boys are apparently out a bundle, when a car collector happens on the scene and offers to buy it at a premium. Claude backs out on the deal and gives the stooges their money back, only to discover the "collector" is an escaped lunatic. 106. Square Heads of the Round Table (1948) ***+ ------------------------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Jock Mahoney, Christyne McIntyre, Vernon Dent, Phil Van Zandt Set in Elizabethan times, the stooges decide to help their friend Cedric the Blacksmith win the hand of the fair princess Elaine. At night the group sneaks into the castle to serenade Elaine, but pick the wrong window and are caught by the King. Tossed in the dungeon, the boys escape with Cedric's help and manage to foil the plans of the Black Prince who was plotting against the King. All turns out well when the grateful King allows Cedric to marry Elaine. 107. Fiddlers Three (1948) ***+ -------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Virginia Hunter, Vernon Dent, Phil Van Zandt The stooges are musicians at the court of King Cole. When they ask the king's permission to marry their sweethearts, the King agrees, but only after Princess Alicia has married Prince Valiant. This news upsets Mergatroyd, an evil magician who plans to marry the Princess himself and rule the Kingdom. Mergatroyd abducts the Princess, and it's up to the stooges to foil his plans and expose his evil doings. 108. Heavenly Daze (1948) ***+ ------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Vernon Dent, Sam McDaniel, Symona Boniface Shemp dies but cannot get into heaven until he reforms Moe and Larry. He returns to earth as an invisible spirit and sets out to prevent the other two stooges from selling a phony invention (a fountain pen that writes under whip cream) to a rich couple. Shemp sabotages Moe and Larry's sales pitch, but it looks he's headed for the fires below anyway. But no, its only a dream and Shemp set the bed on fire while smoking in bed. 109. Hot Scots (1948) ***+ --------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Herb Evans, Ted Lorch, Charles Knight The stooges apply for job as 'Yard Men' at Scotland Yard, thinking they'll become detectives, but instead wind up as gardeners. When they learn that detectives are need to guard a Scottish castle where valuables have been disappearing, they masquerades as Scotsmen to get the job. After a spooky night in the castle, the boys expose the servants as the crooks. 110. I'm a Monkey's Uncle (1948) ***+ -------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Dee Green, Virginia Hunter Set in the stone age, the stooges are cavemen who must have various misadventures hunting, gathering, and otherwise coping with prehistoric life. When some other cavemen threaten to take their women ("Aggie", "Maggie", and "Baggy"), the boys fight them off with a catapulting tree branch that shoots rocks and eggs. 111. Mummies Dummies (1948) ***+ --------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Dee Green, Ralph Dunn, Phil Van Zandt Set in ancient Egypt, the stooges run a used chariot lot where they unload defective chariots on unsuspecting customers. When they gyp the head of the palace guard, they're brought to the palace to be executed, but instead become royal chamberlains after curing the King's toothache. When they recover some tax money stolen by a corrupt official, the King rewards them with marriage to his daughter. After getting a look at the ugly crone, Moe and Larry select Shemp to be the groom. 112. Crime on Their Hands (1948) ***+ -------------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Kenneth McDonald, Christyne McIntyre, Charles C. Wilson, Lester Allen The stooges are janitors working in a newspaper office. When an anonymous caller phones in a tip about the theft a famous diamond, the boys decide to become reporters and go after the crooks. They find the crooks, but Shemp accidentally swallows the diamond which was hidden in a bowl of candy. The crooks want to cut the diamond out, but the boys foil them with the help of a friendly gorilla. 113. The Ghost Talks (1949) *** --------------- Director: Jules White Cast : The stooges are movers for an express company and on a rainy night are sent to move some junk, including a suit of armor, from a spooky old house. The armor is haunted by the ghost of Peeping Tom, who has no intention of leaving. The ghost foils the stooges attempts to take the armor, until Lady Godiva shows up and the two ride off together. 114. Who Done it? (1949) ***+ ------------ Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Emil Sitka The stooges are private detectives looking for a missing millionaire. They wander around the millionaire's spooky mansion confronting various crooks and a dangerous dame. The stooges vanquish the crooks (Shemp uses his "trusty shovel") and find the missing man. 115. Hocus Pocus (1949) *** ----------- Director: Jules White Cast : Mary Ainslee, Vernon Dent, Jimmie Lloyd The stooges are taking care of their invalid friend Mary who is confined to wheelchair. What they don't is that Mary is only faking her disability to swindle the insurance company. When the boys witness a hypnotist, "The Great Svengarlic", doing his act on the street, they think he might be able to hypnotize Mary so she can walk. Instead, they become subjects for his show and are hypnotized into walking out on a flagpole high above the ground. When they come out of their trance and realize their predicament, they fall into a window, startling Mary, who jumps from her wheelchair just as the insurance adjuster is about to hand her a check. 116. Fuelin Around (1949) ***+ ------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Jock Mahoney, Emil Sitka, Vernon Dent, Christyne McIntyre, Phil Van Zandt The stooges are carpet layers working in the home of a scientist, Professor Sneed, who has invented a super rocket fuel. Larry is mistaken for the professor by foreign agents who kidnap the trio and take them to the country of Anemia where they are ordered to produce the rocket fuel or be executed. The boys come up with a concoction they try to pass of as the real stuff, but are exposed when the real professor and his daughter are also kidnapped. The stooges help them escape, using their secret formula to fuel a jeep. 117. Malice in the Palace (1949) ***+ -------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : George Lewis, Franck Lacteen, Vernon Dent Set in a desert land where the stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded with the contraband jewel. They journey to the stronghold of Shmo where they disguise as Santa Clauses and scare the ruler into giving them the diamond. 118. Vagabond Loafers (1949) ***+ ---------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Kenneth MacDonald, Symona Boniface, Emil Sitka, Dudley Dickerson, Herbet Evans The stooges are the "Day and Night" plumbers. Called out to a fancy mansion where a society party is going on, they cross the electrical and water systems and generally ruin the place. Despite their incompetent plumbing, they save the day by recovering a painting stolen by a pair of thieves masquerading as party guests. 119. Dunked in the Deep (1949) *** ------------------ Director: Jules White Cast : Gene Roth The stooges are tricked into becoming stowaways by their neighbor "Borscht", a spy for an enemy country. Stranded on a freighter on the high seas, they discover that their friend has concealed some stolen microfilm in watermelons they brought aboard for him. After a wild chase, they subdue Borscht and recover the microfilm. 120. Punchy Cow Punchers (1950) ***+ ------------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Jock Mahoney, Christyne McIntyre, Dick Wessel, Kenneth MacDonald, Vernon Dent, Emil Sitka Set in the old west, the stooges are three soldiers assigned to go undercover and spy on an outlaw gang that's terrorizing a nearby town. The bad guys have the Arizona Kid locked up, so the boys set about rescuing him with the help of beautiful Nell, his girl. They free the kid, and he rides to summon help. The stooges, with the help of Nell, manage to subdue the bad guys before the kid arrives with the cavalry. 121. Hugs and Mugs (1950) *** ------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Kathleen O'Malley, Nanette Bordeaux, Emil Sitka The stooges run a furniture store and come into possession of a stolen pearl necklace. Three crooked dames convince the boys that the necklace is theirs, and when the real thieves arrive, the stooges fight to defend the girl's property. The stooges defeat the bad guys and the girls decide to go honest and return the necklace to its rightful owner. 122. Dopey Dicks (1950) *** ----------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Stanley Price, Phil Van Zandt The stooges become detectives and go to the aid of girl in the clutches of a mad scientist. The boys arrive at a spooky mansion where the madman is building a mechanical man that needs a human head. After declining the opportunity to supply a stooge-head for the experiment, they find the girl and escape, only to wind up in a car driven by the headless robot. 123. Love at First Bite (1950) ***+ ------------------ Director: Jules White Cast : Christyne McIntyre, Yvette Reynard, Marie Monteil The stooges reminisce about the girls they met overseas while in the military. As they wait for the girls' ship to arrive, they get drunk and Shemp winds up asleep with his feet in a tub of cement. After sobering up, they free Shemp with a dynamite blast that lands them at the dock where their sweethearts are waiting. 124. Self Made Maids (1950) **+ --------------- Director: Hugh McCullom Cast : [ No supporting cast, the stooges play all parts ] The stooges are artists who want to marry their models; "Moella", "Larraine", and "Shempetta". The girls' father doesn't approve, so the stooges tickle him into submission. 125. Three Hams on Rye (1950) ***+ ----------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Nanette Bordeaux, Emil Sitka, Christyne McIntyre The stooges are stage hands who also have small parts in a big play. They quickly get on the bad side of the producer. First they fail to prevent a famous critic from sneaking into the audience. Then Shemp accidentally adds a pot holder into a cake they bake as a prop. During the play the stooges (as southern gentlemen) and the rest of the cast spit up feathers during what was supposed to be a serious scene. The critic thinks it's a hilarious satire and the boys are redeemed. 126. Studio Stoops (1950) **** ------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Kenneth McDonald, Vernon Dent, Christyne McIntyre, Stanley Price The stooges are hired by a movie studio as publicity men. Their first assignment is to get publicity for Dolly Devore, a pretty starlet. They fake a kidnapping, but the cops won't believe their story. Then the girl is really kidnapped and the stooges must come to the rescue. Shemp winds up hanging out a tenth story window on an extending telephone. 127. Slap Happy Sleuths (1950) *** ------------------ Director: Hugh McCullom Cast : Vernon Dent, Stanley Blystone, Gene Roth, Nanette Bordeaux?, Emil Sitka The stooges are investigators for the Onion Oil company. The company's service stations are being robbed by a gang of crooks, so the boys pose as gas station attendants to capture the bad guys. 128. A Snitch in Time (1950) ***+ ---------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Jean Willes The stooges are carpenters who are re-staining some furniture they've delivered to a boarding house. The plot gets complicated when the boys confront some crooks who are hiding out there. They defeat the bad guys with the help of the varnished furniture which sticks the head crook to a chair. 129. Three Arabian Nuts (1951) ***+ ------------------ Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Vernon Dent, Phil Van Zandt, Dick Curtis, Wesely Bly The stooges are delivering some Arabian antiques, which include a magic lamp complete with genie. Three Arabian bad guys are after the magic lamp, but the stooges defeat them once they get the "genius", (as Shemp calls the genie) on their side. 130. Baby Sitters' Jitters (1951) *** --------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Lynn Davis, David Windsor, Margie Liszt, Myron Healy The stooges are facing eviction and decide to raise some money by becoming baby-sitters. Their first client is a women separated from her husband, who entrusts her son "Junior" to the boys' care. When The husband steals the baby, the stooges set out to find their missing charge and return him to his mother. The boys confront the husband and find Junior, and in the process the estranged couple is re-united. 131. Don't Throw That Knife (1951) *** ---------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Dick Curtis, Jean Willes The stooges become census takers and wind up in the apartment of a lady whose husband is both jealous and a knife thrower. When the husband arrives home, the boys try to hide, but are discovered, and after dodging some knives, leave on the run. 132. Scrambled Brains (1951) **** ---------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Babe London, Emil Sitka, Vernon Dent Shemp is a sick man, suffering from hallucinations. His worst vision is that his ugly nurse Nora is actually beautiful. When Moe and Larry come to take him home from the sanitarium, they discover he's become engaged to Nora. On the way to Nora's apartment for the wedding, the boys get in a fight with a stranger who promises to get even with them if he ever sees them again. They arrive to finding Nora waiting for her father, who, when he arrives, turns out to be the man they just fought with. 133. Merry Mavericks (1951) *** --------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Dan Harvey, Mary Martin, Paul Campbell Set in the old west, the stooges are mistaken for lawmen and manage to capture a gang of crooks. The boys then get the job of guarding some money in an old house reputed to be haunted by the ghost of an Indian Chief. The crooks escape and go after the money disguised as ghosts, but Shemp, disguised as the Indian Chief, manages to knock them out. 134. The Tooth Will Out (1951) ***+ ------------------ Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Vernon Dent, Margie Liszt The stooges graduate from dental school and go out west to open a practice. Everything goes well until Shemp "cures" an outlaw's toothache from the instructions in a carpentry book, and the boys must leave on the run. 135. Hu La La (1951) **** -------- Director: Hugh McCullom Cast : Jean Willes, Joy Windsor, Kenneth McDonald The stooges are dance instructors sent by a movie company to a tropical island to teach the natives how to dance so they can appear in a movie. The boys run into trouble with the local witch doctor who wants to add their heads to his collection. The stooges defeat the witch doctor with hand grenades they swipe from a multi-armed idol, and get on with the dancing lessons. 136. The Pest Man Wins (1951) ***+ ----------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Margie Liszt, Nanette Bordeaux, Emil Sitka, Vernon Dent, Helen Dickson, Symona Boniface (stock footage) The stooges are pest exterminators who drum up business by planting vermin in a ritzy mansion where a party is going on. The boys are hired, but must dress as guests to work unobserved. They disrupt the party and a wild pie fight ensues. [ Basically a remake of "Ants in the Pantry". ] 137. A Missed Fortune (1952) ***+ ---------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Vernon Dent, Nanette Bordeaux, Vivian Mason Shemp wins $50,000 in a radio contest and the stooges move into the Hotel Costa Plente where they live it up and wreck their fancy suite. While they wait for the prize money to arrive, the boys are pursued by three gold-digging dames after their winnings. When the check arrives however, it's only for $4.85 after tax deductions. [ Basically a remake of "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb". ] 138. Listen Judge (1952) ***+ ------------ Director: Edward Bernds Cast : Vernon Dent, Emil Sitka, Kitty McHugh The stooges are fix-it men who are brought before a judge on a charge of chicken stealing. They escape from the courtroom and wind up getting hired in the judges' house after their antics attempting to fix the doorbell cause the servants to quit. The boys are discovered when the cake they bakes explodes all over a political supporter of the judge and he loses his chance for re-election. 139. Corny Casanovas (1952) ***+ --------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Connie Cezan The stooges don't know it, but they are all engaged to the same girl, a gold-digger who plans to get an engagement ring from each of them and then abandon them. When all three show up at her house at the same time, a wild fight ensues, as each stooge accuses the others of making time with "his" girl. The stooges knock each other senseless and the girl escapes with their rings. 140. He Cooked His Goose (1952) *** ------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Mary Ainslee, Angela Stevens Larry is a pet dealer who's seeing Moe's wife while at the same time trying to steal Shemp's fiancee. When Moe's become suspicious, Larry attempts to frame Shemp as the boyfriend. He gets Shemp a job as a door to door pajama salesman and sends him to Moe's apartment, and then tells both Moe and Shemp's fiancee to go there and catch him in the act. Larry's plan backfires when Shemp catches him and lets Moe deliver some punishment. [ A departure from the regular format. The stooges work as seperate characters and Larry has the main role. ] 141. Gents in a Jam (1952) ***+ -------------- Director: Edward Bernds Cast : David Bond, Mary Ainslee, Vernon Dent, Emil Sitka, Kitty McHugh, Mickey Simpson, Danny Sue Nolan Shemp's rich Uncle Phineas comes to visit the stooges who are broke and about to evicted. The boys convince their landlady Mrs. McGruder not to toss them out as Shemp is set to inherit a fortune. The boys also have trouble with a circus strongman after Shemp accidentally rips off his wife's dress. Uncle Phineas gets in the middle of the fight, and Mrs. McGruder ends it by knocking out the strongman. It turns out that Uncle Phineas and the landlady were childhood sweethearts and he marries her, leaving the stooges out of the bucks once again. 142. Three Dark Horses (1952) ****+ ----------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Kenneth McDonald A campaign boss is looking for three delegates to the presidential convention, delegates that are too stupid to discover that his candidate, Hammond Egger, is a crook. Enter the stooges as janitors sent to clean the man's office. After some of their antics, the boy's suitability for the job is apparent and they're hired. The stooges go to the convention, but double cross their boss and vote for another candidate, Abel Lamb Stewer. When the boss and his muscle man come looking for revenge, the boys defeat them in a wild fight. 143. Cuckoo on a Choo-Choo (1952) *** --------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Patricia Wright, Victoria Horne Larry and Shemp are living in a stolen railroad car. Larry wants to marry his girlfriend, but she won't consent until Shemp marries her sister. Shemp however, is constantly drunk and in love with "Carry", an imaginary giant canary. Moe is an investigator from the railroad, sent to discover how the car was stolen from a moving train. Moe is also in love with Shemp's girl. Shemp winds up with both women, but still prefers his imaginary canary. [ One of the strangest stooge shorts. Larry does a good impression of Marlon Brando. ]
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