The Three Stooges Online Filmography
"A Dictator? Why, he makes love to beautiful women, drinks champange, enjoys life and never works. He makes speeches to the people promising them plenty, gives them nothing, then takes everything! That's a Dictator." "Hmm, a parasite! That's for me!" - Lynton Brent and Curly (YOU NAZTY SPY!, 1940)

Bookmark and Share 3 OF A KIND

Average Rating:     [7.00/10]   1 votes
Log-in or register to rate this episode.

3 OF A KIND

High-wire acrobat Paul Collins, and his specialty act stooges Billy Gilbert and Shemp Howard, are headlining at a local vaudeville theater. When Collins' new wife leaves him, Paul's grief causes him to fall to his death during a trapeze performance. That leaves "uncles" Billy and Shemp to care for Paul's young son Jimmy (by his first wife). Without an act, the boys bounce from one job to another trying to raise money for rent and caring for Jimmy. Trying their luck at a radio quiz show, the comics fail at the money, but wow the audience with laughter. Mistaken for professors at a neighboring studio's science invention broadcast, their harebrained ideas again leave everyone in stitches, and Shemp and Billy pounding the pavement.

They eventually wind up at Maxie Rosenbloom's struggling diner as cooks, and with a little encouragement from a double-talking customer, turn it into a successful dinner club. Meanwhile, Paul's widow Belle (Helen Gilbert) turns up with her shady fiancee, hoping to cash in on the life insurance money due to Jimmy. The two scheme to have the welfare agency declare Billy and Shemp unfit as guardians, and try to convince the boys that Jimmy would be better off with his stepmother.



An unusual film for Shemp Howard, it's odd to see him and Billy Gilbert playing for laughs one moment, and going for sentiment the next as they try to be friends and role models for Jimmy. Although Maxie Rosenbloom costars, he has little to do as part of the trio, and spends most of his screentime with girlfriend Delores (June Lang). Shemp and Billy prove to be an effective comedy team, particularly in the radio station segments.

Retitled and re-released by Astor Pictures in 1951 as COOKIN' UP TROUBLE.

IMDb Rating

3 OF A KIND on IMDb

Featuring
Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
July 22, 1944
Studio
Monogram
Production Type
Feature Film
Duration
67 min.

Cast Members   Production Crew

Collapse All | Expand All
(Click on the icon to expand individual sections.)

Production Notes   (2)
Working Title(s):   THREE OF A KIND
Shooting Days:   15 days   From: 1944-04-13   To: 1944-04-29

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 0.00)

Stooge Mayhem is not available for this episode.


Stooge Quotes   (0)

No quotes have been logged for this episode.


Stooge Goofs   (0)

No goofs or technical blunders have been logged for this episode.


Stooge Routines   (0)

No Stooge routines have been logged for this episode.


Stooge Trivia   (0)

No trivia have been logged for this episode.


Audio Files   (0)

No audio files are available for this episode.


Video File   (N)

There isn't a video file available for this episode.


Transcript   (N)

There isn't a transcript available for this episode.


Videography   (1)

Fan Reviews   (1)
Re: THREE OF A KIND
Posted 2002-06-15 12:50:00 by Dunrobin
A funny film with the great team-up of Shemp Howard, Billy Gilbert and Maxie Rosenbloom. This was the first of three films starring the three, and is also known as "Cooking Up Trouble."

Reviewer's Rating: (8)

Collapse All | Expand All
(Click on the icon to expand individual sections.)


Back To Top





FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We make such material available in an effort to advance awareness and understanding of the issues involved. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information please visit: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission directly from the copyright owner.