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Average Rating:     [8.76/10]   16 votes


The Stooges' 10-year engagement to their fiancees has reached the end of their future father-in-law's patience. He gives them one week to earn enough money to marry his daughters, or they'll be promised to the three plumbers down the street. So Moe, Larry & Shemp promise to keep their garage open night and day if necessary. The garage's first new customers are three gangsters, and the leader's moll, who've wrecked their car escaping from the police. Assuming that the Stooges have made a overtures to the moll, the hoods decide to 'silence' our heroes.

Filmed and released in 3-D.

Scheduled for 4 days, but White's pencil notation on his script says "Took 5 days + 11 1/2 hrs. O.T."

Costar Diana Darrin ('Bettie') was interviewed at the 2006 Fan Club Meeting in Fort Washington PA. Her interview appears in The Three Stooges Journal # 118 (Summer 2006). Ms. Darrin was also a guest of the 1993 Three Stooges Convention in Philadelphia, see Journal # 67 (Fall 1993).

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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
August 15, 1953
Production Type
Short Subject
15.9 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4212
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1953-06-30   To: 1953-07-06

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.50)
Face Slaps: 8 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 1

Stooge Quotes   (2)
  • "Knives are silent!"
    (Phil Arnold)

  • "Do you like asparagus?" "Love 'em!" "Then here's a couple o' tips for ya." [ploink!]
    (Moe & Larry)

Stooge Goofs   (3)
  • Director's Voice
    When the gangsters are pushing the car in the garage, you can hear director Jules White's voice in the background, giving instructions to the actors pushing the car, telling them when to stop and then saying â€Å"That's fine”.

  • Visible Wire
    You can see the wire on the bottle that Shemp throws at the one of the gangsters.

  • Visible Wires
    You can see the wires holding up the large cake that Moe throws at the camera.

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Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • Jules White was planning on making a whole series of 3-D shorts, but with the "3-D Craze" dying out by this time, this was the last of the two released.
    Source: The Stooge Chronicles
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-03-30 11:13:29
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (9)
Posted 2002-02-20 19:41:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2015-01-14 13:46:52 by Shemp_Diesel

Very good short--I still prefer SPOOKS! however. One thing I must say--as lame as the 3-D may seem to some, if anything the cheesiness of it adds to the humor; especially the way the cake Moe throws at Shemp floats through the air sideways & you can see the strings holding it up. Remember that this was shot in 1953, long before mind blowing, Star Wars type special fx would revolutionize motion pictures.

7 pokes (Diana Darrin looked particularly yummy in this short. Yowsers!)

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2011-02-03 20:50:36 by shemps#1
A very funny Shemper and I personally didn't think the 3-D took anything away from the short. On The Three Stooges Collection Volume 7 this one and Spooks! comes in both 2-D and 3-D with a couple of pairs of glasses to watch them with. I thought the plot was strong and the gags were funny. I would go so far as to put both of them in my top 20 with Pardon just edging out its predecessor.

4 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2003-05-27 16:05:00 by Pat Stooge
Haven't seen it since October 1997 butI liked it. I was very absurd and weird at the same time, I thought it was hilarious!I loved the flying knife part and noticed that when you watch the non 3-D version its lame.In instant classic but not worth watching without 3-D.
Posted 2003-05-26 01:07:00 by Stooge
I finally saw the unedited version of this, so I can give it a fair review. This short is almost up there with THEY STOOGE TO CONGA in terms of violence, especially the wire-up-Larry's-nose bit. Still, I think this short is weak and overrated, and the lame 3-D gags don't do a thing for me.
Posted 2003-02-25 04:32:00 by Bruckman
Second of 2 shorts done in 3-D (qv. SPOOKS), this film manages some typical Stoogian slapstick with tools in the garage scenes, with the added flourishes of 3-D filming, where objects (bottles, knives) come sailing directly into the camera and a blowtorch flares right into the viewer's face. Not especially distinguished knockabout w/a plot reminiscent of the earlier and better SLAPHAPPY SLEUTHS, this still manages to keep up a funny level of sadistic humor. The thug who snarls "Knives are quiet!" always gets a laugh from me.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2002-02-13 17:31:00 by BeatleMoe
Mike, I don't know how to get your attention, but creating a post site to you was inventive. I would like a copy of this film with about twenty other missing 60 you have. It's been a while since I have seen this, and like a lot of Three Stooges films of this era, I have only seen the Family Channel version. I didn't like this as much as SPOOKS!, but if I get the chance to see it again instead of waiting a year, call me impatient, then my rating will probably change. Memorable Scene: The opening 10th anniversary partyRating: 2 starsBeatleMoe
Posted 2001-10-30 03:26:00 by Mike Holme
Edited 2002-02-11 07:21:00 by Mike Holme
I love this short. I am the first one to give it real praise. The stooges reaction to the convict's girlfriend is priceless. The beginning was quite funny and the stooges act like total slobs at the dinner table in front of their girlfriends' father! The fight scene was just hilarious. The auto-mechanic scenes are just as hilarious as "Higher Than A Kite"s auto-mechanic scenes. I even liked the 3-D. This short is also in my opinion, the most violent Shemp short, especially the scene in which Moe tortures Larry with a wrasp after accidentally hitting him several times. This is a classic and I recommend it for any stooge fan.Slaps: 7 Bonks: 1 Eyepokes: 1 Other punishments: 11Favorite scene: The auto mechanic scenes after the convicts arrive.Stooge of the short: Moe(he is so mean in this one)4 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-05-30 22:59:00 by Stooge
Another 3-D short, but this one seems even weaker than SPOOKS. The 3-D gags look really forced, and there's some weak writing, and Shemp has a weak performance. I only have the edited version of this, though, and I'm probably missing a lot of scenes and I can't really give a fair review of this. If it's really as violent as you two say, then I've really gotta see the uncut version. I saw a clip from an edited scene which had Larry slowly pulling a wire out of his nose, that let out of his ear. Ouch! How'd that happen?Grade: D (for now, but I'll probably raise my grade when I see this unedited)Edited by - Stooge on 9/13/01 9:53:44 PM
Posted 2001-05-20 17:19:00 by B. Bopper
A very funny short, but it would have been better if they spared us the rather "cheesy" 3-D.Edited by - B. Bopper on 7/1/01 4:43:48 AM

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