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Average Rating:     [9.21/10]   34 votes


Mr. Morgan borrows a valuable antique Chinese cabinet worth $50,000 from the museum, wanting an exact duplicate made, only to have three bungling carpenters (the Stooges) destroy it. After the Stooges flee, they find that they've inherited their Uncle Pete's dress shop, the "Madame de France." Mrs. Morgan has the new owners put on a fashion show for her friends, where Mr. Morgan finds the vandals who ruined the cabinet and exacts his revenge!

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
December 27, 1936
Production Type
Short Subject
17.25 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   221
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1936-06-10   To: 1936-06-15

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 3.00)
Face Slaps: 6 Eye Pokes: 5 Head Bonks: 1 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "Is this work in competent hands?" "Coitainly, we're all incompetent!"
    (Vernon Dent and Curly)

  • "I'd look stunning in that riding habit." "I think there'd be trouble figuring out which one was the horse."
    (June Gittelson & Curly)

  • "The idea's been in my head since I was 10 years old." "Oh, sorta aged in the wood."
    (Moe & Curly)

Stooge Goofs   (9)
  • Boom Mike Visible
    A boom mike is visible in the reflection of the windshield of the car that Vernon Dent is exiting.

  • Crew Member in the Shot
    You can see the hand of a crew member that throws the cream puff at Mrs. Morgan.

  • Jump in Picture
    A noticeable jump cut in the film as Moe and Larry are tackled to the ground.

  • Missing Hit
    After Larry knocks the Chinese cabinet in the air, the camera cuts to Moe and Curly, and Curly's holding his head as if he was hit by Moe, but they didn't show it.

  • Missing Part
    After Mr. Morgan yells â€Å"My cabinet!”, he runs up to Moe and starts strangling him. Then there's an abrupt cut to Moe and Larry stepping outside of the building. They didn't show how Moe got away from Mr. Morgan.

  • Number of Brushes
    When the camera first shows Larry, he has fourbrushes in his mouth, then the camera cuts to the next angle and he suddenly only has twobrushes in his mouth.

  • Reappearing Hat
    When the Stooges walk in their gown shop, they huddle and then walk up the three ladies in the shop as if they're going to do or say something to them, and Larry takes his hat off. Then the camera cuts to the next shot and suddenly, the Stooges haven't done or said anything to the ladies and Larry's hat is back on.

  • Visible Padding
    You can tell there is padding inside the back of Curly's pants when Moe and Larry are pulling the roofing nails out of his behind.

  • Who Has the Scissors?
    When Larry says to Moe â€Å"Very artistic”, his hands are in front of him and he's holding scissors, but in the next shot, his hands are suddenly behind him and Moe is now holding his pair of scissors.

Stooge Routines   (5)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • During the pastry fight, the supporting cast ran out of cream puffs! They had to scrape every ounce of cream off the floor, along with the dirt and sawdust, to finish the short.
    Source: Moe Howard and The Three Stooges (1977)
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-03-30 12:54:42
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (7)
Posted 2010-07-20 17:52:08 by Final Shemp
Slippery Silks is one of those shorts which is just kind of something to watch. It's provides constant amusement but never a solid laugh. Other than a Three Stooges marathon, I don't think there's any reason for me to watch this one ever again.
The opening with the Stooges as woodworkers is promising, but somewhat obvious and the boys never really spark. When they become fashion designers, I expected them to take off flying, but they never do. The boy's designs are fun and the fact that their silly dresses are a hit is amusing, these goings-on just never get nutty enough.
I like that Chinese cabinet the boys effectively destroyed in the opening, though. Maybe I can get Moe, Larry, and Curly to make me a replica…
Final Shemp's Final Word: 2 1/2 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2010-04-08 19:29:57 by Shemp_Diesel

The stooges in high society. A sure-fire formula for classic mayhem and Silks delivers big time.

4 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2002-10-29 23:08:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2006-03-24 18:58:17 by shemps#1
This is a true four-poke classic. It contains everything the Stooges do best: insanity and destruction in a carpentry shop, ticking off Vernon Dent, and wrecking a "high-class jernt." It's also one of the greatest Dent performances; he shows how important the straight man is to a comedy act, and his smoldering anger really motivates the plot and keeps it going. Of course, along with Oliver Hardy, Bud Abbott, and George Burns, Vernon was one of the all-time greatest straight men in classic comedy. And unlike Stanley Kubrick�who chickened out at the end of "Dr. Strangelove", which was originally supposed to end with a pie fight�the Stooges knew exactly what to with a table full of pastries!

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2002-11-26 08:13:00 by Bruckman
Messy indignities inflicted on society women are a Stoogian staple and this film sets the bar for all that would follow. Yet the creampuff-throwing is, to me, not the most memorable aspect of this short: it's the destruction of the priceless Shang Hai Lee/Chow Mein Hi Lo cabinet and the many, many incidental gags and dialogue exhanges. Larry's octagonal bureau/outfit is Art Deco surrealism at its best, and the running gag of the spring-loaded glove is inventive. One of the definitive Stooge films of any period.
Posted 2002-10-29 13:14:00 by FineBari3
I enjoyed the fashion show scene the most! I love the Boys vs. High Society shorts! I also want a dresser like Larry designed; a triangle!

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-10-10 13:31:00 by Genius In the Lamp
This short brings a steady stream of laughs. From the one-liners in the furniture shop ("Oh, aged in the wood") to the climactic creampuff fight, this one was a delight to watch. I especially love the model hand turned creampuff launcher. Vernon Dent is also a hoot as the indignant Mr. Morgan.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-03-01 05:42:00 by sickdrjoe
A little something for everybody here. Stooges start out at a lumber store: plenty of painful tools for Moe to torture Larry & Curly with. (He takes a two-by-four to the head that HAD to hurt, since it wasn't faked). A third of the way in, this switches to a high-fashion sendup as the boys take Paris by storm with their 'cabinetwear'. Also features a mini-fashion show segment and a cream pie fight! (Moe yanking Larry's head over the counter to get hit by pies is classic.) It's like a Stooge smorgasbord, plus Moe gets to twist people's noses with tightly-clamped scissors!! What more could you want in 17 minutes?!?

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