Stooge Shorts [Mitch Shapiro Rev. 1.0 4/95]

* 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


        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


        [ 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


  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


  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


        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


  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


  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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