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Small town boy made good, producer Larry returns to his home farm town and asks his friends, Joe and sister Tiny, to join his New York nightclub act. But Tiny has a fear of performing in front of a live audience, so Larry and Joe take Tiny to a German psychiatrist (Moe), who uses hypnosis to take Tiny back to the childhood origin of her problem.

Muriel Landers (Tiny), in spite of her girth, was a gifted dancer and singer, at one time Ray Bolger's nightclub partner. Before the closure of Columbia's short subject unit, Jules White attempted to star Muriel in her own series with TRICKY CHICKS (1957); SWEET & HOT's closing musical number with Landers uses stock footage from TRICKY CHICKS.

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Moe, Larry and Joe
Release Date
September 04, 1958
Production Type
Short Subject
16.33 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   1910
Shooting Days:   2 days   From: 1957-08-22   To: 1957-08-23

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 0.75)
Face Slaps: 1 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 2 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (2)
  • "I give him artificial respiration." "Artificial!? For what you charge, you give him the real thing!"
    (Moe & Larry)

  • "Please, open your mouth... I don't want to walk in, I just want to look!"

Stooge Goofs   (1)
  • Larry's Leg
    When Tiny (Muriel Landers) pushes Larry in the garbage can, Larry's leg accidentally gets caught under Landers' dress.

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Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • The story and screenplay were written by Jerome Gottler, who also wrote the story and screenplay for their musical, WOMAN HATERS. Thus, in SWEET AND HOT, we again have a musical routine and the Stooges appearing in separate roles.
    Source: Jerome S. Gottler (crew)
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-05-29 01:17:34
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (23)
Posted 2013-11-16 20:12:25 by James Tingle

Is it me or in the Joe shorts the acting of the supporting characters arent that good. In this short and Fifi Blows Her Top the acting is bad.

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Posted 2013-08-12 12:43:12 by Jim Tingle

I'm not going to say a lot of negative things about this short, but this is one episode where the stooges lost their cool. It really takes away the comedy when they are cast as different characters.

Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Posted 2010-04-30 17:56:29 by Shemp_Diesel

Maybe I'm weird, but I can't call Sweet and Hot the worst thing I've seen, or even the worst Besser short. It's bad, but there are several others like Horsing Around, Flying Saucer Daffy, or Outer Space Jitters that I would put ahead of Sweet in the stench department. Maybe it's just me.

1 poke

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Posted 2008-11-09 00:38:17 by The 4th Stooge
I dunno, when I first saw this short at 1:30 on an Easter morn in 1985, I thought it the greatest thing since the Technics SL-2000. Twenty three years later....it's okaaay. I'm not fond of the farm/singing thing, since I believe Wayne Newton was already doing that at the time, so either it was a joke, or they just couldn't come up with anything else. The psychiatrist's office scenes are interesting, simply because of Moe's (now) German hystericalness. His "dancing" was so bad it was funnier than hell. And then, to have a splinter from a metal object? Wow.Now, I have to admit, the end was the best part of the short for me, and it wasn't even a Stooge short! I liked the jazzy/sassy "The Heat Is On," for some reason, and still belt it out when the office is empty. But the main problem here is that the Stooges were the only ones left (I could swear there was another couple of comedians, Frank Mitchell comes to mind), but what can you expect at that time? No budgets, theatres moving toward double features, and of course, the killer of all killers, television.Joe was the only one who fit that "he was a cute little fat man to look at" scheme that Jules White was obsessed with, and I think that caused the Besser shorts to be worse than they actually could've been.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-06-02 01:27:00 by Stooge
Edited 2008-06-17 06:34:53 by Stooge
The worst Stooge short ever. First off, where the hell is Moe? He doesn't play his usual Stooge self here, instead he plays two other roles, as a German psyciatrist and a little scene as Tiny's father in her childhood flashback, and neither of them were funny roles! Larry basically plays a regular guy without wearing his gag haircut, and he gets nothing funny to do. Besser, unfortunately, is still himself. Muriel Landers was just annoying. The plot didn't fit the Stooges at all and the writing was absolutely horrible; even a step below the usual bad Besser-era writing. All the musical numbers are painful and put me to sleep. Why the hell was this made a Stooge short?

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Posted 2007-10-08 13:25:16 by FourthThird
Parts of this make me think Ms. Landers could have been amusing in the right context, but she didn't belong as the star of a Stooges short! This stinks overall, although Moe is pretty good in his atypical role ("A mice! A mice!").
Posted 2007-10-03 22:14:21 by IFleecem
Edited 2007-10-04 07:30:17 by Dunrobin

Only amusing part for me is Moe as the doctor. (a mice, a mice)
"Zit down, Now you zit"
Ack, This short is the dumkopt dumbest.
1 poke for Moes accent

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Posted 2007-10-03 22:16:36 by IFleecem
One last thing, I just noticed this short was released the month and year I was born, Gee, Am I A Sap!

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Posted 2007-08-17 10:01:34 by KingKongFu
Edited 2007-08-17 12:26:44 by KingKongFu

BITTER AND COLD best describes this short. It's bad enough they did a sequel to HOOFS AND GOOFS (and I considered HORSING AROUND to be the worst Stooge short then) but then I saw this short and it was REALLY bad! This is the worst of them all! This makes HORSING AROUND look like it deserves an Academy Award. The second time I tried watching this short, I couldn't even make it through after only a minute so I shut it off. It looks more like this entire short was filmed in ONE day instead of two, possibly even a few hours! The boys are once again in separate roles. That concept wasn't the boys' biggest strengths in shorts like HE COOKED HIS GOOSE or CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO, but it certainly doesn't work here at all! No slapstick, no gags, no good acting, no nothing! Just what were they thinking when they made this short just for Muriel Landers's talents? She is MUCH more annoying than Joe Besser here. She can neither sing, dance, nor act, and is definitely an American Idol reject. Yes, Moe and Larry still tried to give it their best, but not even the Stooge veterans could save this short. As mentioned, they were sadly getting old and knew that after a rapid decline in short subjects and going through many recent stinkers, they knew they were going to get booted out sooner or later. I just thank God that Columbia didn't make a sequel to this heap of turds, otherwise I would have sued Columbia because the sequel almost made me attempt to gouge my own eyes out!

Rating: BOMB!

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Posted 2003-06-17 00:18:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2003-06-17 00:32:00 by [Deleted Member]
Well, check that release date! Nobody must have cared about the quality of the films any more, since at that point it was probably clear to the Stooges and everyone else that the Columbia Shorts Department was going to be shut down almost immediately... After a remarkably long run of great short films that equals that of Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Warner Brothers, Max and Dave Fleischer, and (early) Walt Disney.[br][br]I've been watching some of the older Columbia and Vitaphone shorts lately (the ones with Shemp, in particular) and it's remarkable how well most of them hold up, how something like the obscure Vitaphone comedy "His First Flame" (with Shemp and the very underrated Daphne Pollard) is still fall-down funny.[br][br]But by 1957-58, it was all over... at least Moe and Larry got to make a few more pictures and take a few well-deserved bows. Personally, I don't begrudge them [i]anything[/i] they did in their later years, including "The New Three Stooges." [br][br]Look at the very [b]best[/b] of their legacy, and it's hard to be too critical. [br]
Posted 2003-06-16 23:03:00 by Dunrobin
This is easily the worst Stooges short; in fact, I'll "go out on a limb" and say that this was one of the worst shorts made [b]ever[/b], by [i]anyone[/i]!

If you ever have the misfortunate of seeing this, don't say you weren't warned! 

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Posted 2003-06-10 20:51:00 by Pat Stooge
What was wrong with Columbia?Yeah,they could get away with pushing this junk on movie goers but there were better shorts around.This is the most boring stooge short ever made!Its even worse than "A bird in the head".I remember seeing this back in 1996 thinking its cool but I'll never watch it now I see that its the only short that does not offer any entertainment at all.The heat is on song q and the diologe both sucked and they continue to.

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Posted 2002-09-24 02:46:00 by Uncle Buzz
Well, if Besser admits it's a BOMB! I gotta agree. Only worth noting because it is definitely unlike any film the trio made (even considering CUCKOO ON A CHOO-CHOO) and Moe gets an opportunity to stretch his skills as a character actor.

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Posted 2002-07-20 12:35:00 by shemps#1
That was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the worst short I have ever seen. If Horsing Around is Stooge Hell, then this is Stooge Hell's seedy underbelly. There is absolutely nothing, and I mean NOTHING good about this short! Landers is ten times more annoying than Besser at his worst; and I could have sworn the farm animals were screaming for help and not singing along in the first bit. It's not just Landers; Moe, Larry, and Joe sucked in this: the stinker of all stinkers, the bomb of all bombs. I will forever have nightmares of Tiny in pigtails screaching Three Blind Mice, not to mention the sequined moo-moo. After viewing this, I'm the one who needs therapy, and I'll make sure the shrink doesn't have a German accent.MAKE IT STOP!!!

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Posted 2002-03-19 06:34:00 by Mike Holme
Edited 2002-04-30 05:05:00 by Mike Holme
Everyone's going to think I have spiders crawling out of my ears after I post this, but here it goes: After another viewing, I don't think it is the worst, its very bad indeed, but there are three shorts that dominate this one in stinkiness, can you guess which ones? A few of the psychologist scenes I found funny, and Larry getting whipped, but that's it. Interestingly enough, Larry plays the role of Moe toward Joe in this one.Besser Abusement(since it is only occasionally): A elbow hit on the arm and an ear pull. Both are dished out by Larry.1 poke
Posted 2002-04-29 07:07:00 by black banana
Edited 2002-04-29 08:40:00 by black banana
My local library has a copy of Joe Besser's ONCE A STOOGE, ALWAYSA STOOGE biography. On page 195, Joe Besser writes the following:"Of course, every comedy team had its share of stinkers. We certainlydid. The film I hate the most is SWEET AND HOT, featuring MurielLanders with Larry, Moe and me playing separate roles. A fan had sentme a print of this film, so one night I invited a Burbank councilman andand his family over for dinner and afterwards I decided to screen the filmfor them. Well, I realized what a dog it was when the councilman and hisfamily started falling asleep - and so did I!"The book itself was actually fairly interesting with lots of show-biz anecdotes.I just watched this short for the first time in many years. Muriel Landers(Tiny) gets more screen time than any of the Stooges, so I suspect this isthe main reason people seem to hate this short. The "Let's Fall In Love"and "Heat is On" songs are OK, even though I usually hate musicals.The barnyard animal footage that goes with "Let's Fall in Love" is annoying.The nursery rhyme scene with Tiny as the little girl is VERY ANNOYING!Oddly, Moe plays a German psychiatrist in this, which I thought he did a pretty good job with. I also don't mind the part where Larry entices Tiny to go to the big city by describing all the available food, and the partwhere Moe (Tiny's father) is about to whack Tiny in the behind. The rest ofthe short is quite crummy. A very strange end of the line short.Rating 1 1/4 poke - "Not so LOOOOUUUUUDDDD!"

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2002-01-30 15:55:00 by BeatleMoe
Everyone is right about this film. It is the worst stooges film, but I try to find something good about a stooges film. I found two. The flashback where Moe is about to strap Tiny, and he gets Larry instead (hey, I did find that funny), and the end where Moe says that there is nothing ever to fear, and he gets scared of the mouse and screams in German "A mice! A mice!"Memorable Scene: Moe straps Larry.Rating: 1/2 pokeZach Laas
Posted 2002-01-25 21:29:00 by Hammond Eggar
SWEET AND HOT is at least a STOOGES short, which, in my book, makes it better than certain other forms of so-called entertainment. I'll take this over any Tom Green/Carrot Top/Chris Elliot/Wayans Brothers vehical any day. Plus, I'll gladly watch ANY Stooges short over such cinematic dreck as DEAD MAN ON CAMPS, JOHNNY BE GOOD or ISHTAR. That said, everyone is right in the sense that this is a poor excuse for a Stooges short. Everyone involved in front and behind the camera was capable of creating and producing something MUCH better. I'm sorry their talents were put to waste here.

"Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution?" - Jack Black
Posted 2001-11-23 10:44:00 by Uncle Mortimer
Right on, Metaldams!! You hit the nail right on the head.Your "warning", concerning the dangers of viewing "Sweet And Hot" are not only helpful but could be vitally useful in a court of law for wrongful death lawsuits.You are a patriot and a saint, my friend. Think of the possible lives saved(especially elderly viewers.) Your pal,Uncle Mortimer

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Posted 2001-11-07 17:27:00 by metaldams
DO NOT VIEW SWEET AND HOT IF YOU ARE.....pregnant; are on the medications prozac, welbutrin, zyloft, or viagra; have diabetes; high blood pressure; high cholestorol; are on chemotherapy; or like good television.SIDE EFFECTS OF SWEET AND HOT MAY INCLUDE....diarehea, leprosy, impotence, demonic posession, indigestion, vomiting, sterilization, scholiosis, spontaneous combustion, loss of hair, blindness, suicidal tendencies, clinical depression, profuse sweating, difficulty in breathing, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, dry mouth, chicken pox, and finally, death.

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Posted 2001-08-07 05:31:00 by [Deleted Member]
Cancel their contract? I thought they worked until it expired.Anyway, I agree-this is the worst short. This is probably the worst film of all! Moe's German accent was much better and more enjoyable when he was impersonating Hitler. This time, it annoyed me- probably because I've seen the German psychiatrist gag in so many other films and cartoons, I got sick and tired of it. Hardly anyone seems to remember (or maybe realize) that Moe plays another, more unenjoyable role in this film- Tiny's mean father (or was it stepfather?) He was actually going to strap Tiny's heiny!ISLIPP, then I get up and ISLIPP some more! ®2001Edited by - ISLIPP on 11/23/2001 11:53:00 AM

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Posted 2001-06-02 17:54:00 by sickdrjoe
Infamous as the single worst Besser short. How in the world can you TELL, I wonder? Is there a yardstick that measures stench?
Posted 2001-04-09 00:01:00 by B. Bopper
The worst Stooge short ever. The Stooges basically made this short to raise the popularity of Murial Landers, and it soitenly didn't work. Don't even waste your time watching this short.

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