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Average Rating:     [9.20/10]   14 votes


The Stooges are exterminators who have no luck getting a decent job. They decide to fill a high society mansion with moths, mice and ants. Arriving at the now-infested house and are hired to exterminate the pests, in the midst of a party. Naturally, any society party with the Stooges is a recipe for disaster, and a pie fight quickly becomes the likely outcome.

A remake of ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936). Much of the pie fight footage is taken from IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE (1941) and HALF-WITS HOLIDAY (1947).

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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
December 06, 1951
Production Type
Short Subject
16 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Title Origin:   Expression, "The best man wins."
Prod. No.:   4163
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1951-02-12   To: 1951-02-15

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 11.25)
Face Slaps: 11 Eye Pokes: 2 Head Bonks: 1 Pastry Thrown: 31

Stooge Quotes   (1)
  • "D'ya see any spots before your eyes?" "Nah... but I used to see triangles."
    (Larry & Moe)

Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Jump in Picture
    When Moe is supposed to spray the repellent on the mouse on Mr. Philander' shoulder, he pauses for a while for some reason, then there's a jump cut in the film and he finally sprays the repellent.

  • Reused Footage Error
    The box of ants Moe uses in the new footage doesn't match the box of ants used in the reused footage from ANTS IN THE PANTRY.

  • Visible Wire
    You can see a wire on the mouse that lands on Shemp's head and on Mr. Philander's shoulder.

  • Visible Wire
    You can see the wire attached to the pie hanging above Moe and the woman. (Duplicate entry - this scene is actually stock footage; see "Goofs" in HALF-WITS HOLIDAY.)

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Posted 2001-11-10 16:17:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-25 12:45:53 by Shemp_Diesel

Excellent remake, even better than Ants in the Pantry--although I wish Shemp would have been used in more shots during the pie fight, but that's only a minor quibble in what is a very funny short. Highlights include Shemp getting giddy over the maid (kiss me), Larry giving Moe cheese laced with rat poison, and of course, the whole "clap and dance" routine when the mouse goes down Vernon Dent's shirt.

9 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-05-29 19:47:00 by Stooge
Edited 2008-06-16 00:21:02 by Stooge
A remake of ANTS IN IN THE PANTRY and this is surprisingly even better than the original. The original short was very good in it's own right, but the re-done scenes in this remake are funnier and faster paced than they are in the original, like the scene where the Stooges clap and dance when the man has a mouse down his back. It's made even funnier here by the way Shemp and Moe slap each other when dancing, and when Larry is dancing backwards and bumps into Moe. That scene has me rolling everytime. Even though the pie fight at the end is mostly reused footage from HALF-WITS HOLIDAY's pie fight, it's even funnier here due to better editing, them actually having a third Stooge to work with this time, and a great ending.

This probably is the best and funniest remake ever.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2002-09-01 04:50:00 by clyde2
This is w/o a doubt my fav stooge short from 1951. Notice Larry's tribute to Curly with his one and only attempt at the Curly Shuffle.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-07-11 02:08:00 by Mike Holme
Better than "Ants In The Pantry", and it has better timing than the original, plus the supporting actors were better. My only problem with this short is that Shemp was not in enough of the pie fight in the end. 3 1/2 pokesEdited by - Mike Holme on 10/1/2001 1:42:23 AM
Posted 2001-03-12 11:19:00 by B. Bopper
A much better short than the original "Ants In The Pantry". I agree with Stooge, much more funnier and the best remake of any short ever. Great scene when the mouse is on that string.

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