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THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS

The Stooges are tailors in the Navy, and when they can't get a pass they steal some officers' uniforms. Curly is mistaken for Admiral Taylor, and the Stooges go to a party where some spies try to get them to show them the Navy's new top secret submarine. When the real Admiral Taylor shows up, the Stooges pretend not to know him, and decide that they had better make themselves scarce, so they hide out in the submarine, accompanied by the spies!


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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
January 06, 1939
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
16 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   THREE GOOFY GOBS, SUBMARINE BEHAVE!
Title Origin:   Three little so and so's. "So and so" is a euphemism for "son-of-a-bitch."
Prod. No.:   419
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1938-03-21   To: 1938-03-24

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 3.75)
Face Slaps: 11 Eye Pokes: 2 Head Bonks: 2 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (4)
  • "I'm gonna change my socks... what an experience!"
    (Moe)

  • "Gasoline don't taste so good since Prohibition. They ain't so careful like when they used it for makin' gin."
    (Curly)

  • "One move out of you, and I'll kill you." "If you do, I'll never talk to you again!"
    (Phyllis Barry & Curly)

  • "Smells like somebody's fryin' onions."
    (Curly)


Stooge Goofs   (5)
  • Background Laughter
    When Curly keeps being pulled by the spring and he falls down and hits his head on a table, you can hear people off-camera laughing.

  • Dubbed-In Line
    When Curly says â€Å"...and beans!”, it doesn't match his actual mouth movement.

  • Laying Down Again
    After Larry mistakenly knocks out Moe instead of Count Gehrol, in the background you can see Curly begin to get up from the floor, but in the next shot, he's still lying down, then he gets back up again.

  • Unexplained Action
    Why does Curly offer Ms. Arden a cigar, then suddenly say â€Å"Uh...” and take the cigar away from her?

  • Visible Wires
    You can see the wires that holds the bombs flying past Curly, and the wires holding up the Stooges as angels at the end.


Stooge Routines   (5)
  • Changed Socks
    A Stooge mentions that he cleaned his socks and he's very proud of himself.
    Also used in:  CACTUS MAKES PERFECT  ·   THREE DARK HORSES

  • I smell rubbish burning
    When a Stooge's behind is burning, he doesn't even realize it at first and he says something like "I smell rubbish burning!" or "Somebody's frying onions!"
    Also used in:  HUGS AND MUGS  ·   PARDON MY BACKFIRE

  • Rolling on the floor while fighting
    Moe and a villian are rolling all over the floor while fighting each other. Another Stooge tries to help Moe out by hitting the villian on the head, but he ends up hitting Moe instead.
    Also used in:  DIZZY DETECTIVES  ·   SHOT IN THE FRONTIER

  • Spring caught on behind
    The third Stooge unknowingly gets a spring from a couch caught on his behind. The end of the spring gets caught on something else, causing the third Stooge to get repeatedly pulled back into it as he tries to move forward.
    Also used in:  HOI POLLOI  ·   AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE  ·   HUGS AND MUGS  ·   HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL

  • We're Trapped Like Rats!
    Involves the boys finding themselves in a predicament, and one of them (usually Larry) exlaiming, "We're trapped like rats!" - to which Moe retorts, "Speak for yourself!" and gives him a slap. Other responses by Moe include, "Don't get personal!"
    Also used in:  BACK TO THE WOODS  ·   NUTTY BUT NICE  ·   CRIME ON THEIR HANDS  ·   SPOOKS!  ·   HOT ICE


Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • In the final scene where the Stooges play angels, they were hung by piano wire for a special effects shot. Larry was the lightest of the three, so hung above Moe and Curly. Afraid he might fall, he asked Del Lord to make him the low man. When they prepared to shoot, Larry was hoisted to the high spot and screamed. Lord responded, "You are up there and going to stay up there until we finish the goddam shot!" Larry stopped whining and the shot was completed.
    Source: The Stoogephile Trivia Book
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-04-24 09:25:35
    Status: Confirmed


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Fan Reviews   (8)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2010-10-20 23:48:31 by Final Shemp
Three Little Sew and Sews manages a strong and unique premise with perfect execution. The end result is a bonified laugh riot.
Curly's antics in the admiral's uniform are hilarious, and the writing for these scenes is intelligent. It's wildly fun to watch Curly get the best of Moe and Larry, simply by the clothes he's wearing. The party scene is a gas, as watching the Stooges mingle with high society usually is. The screwy scenes with the submarine at the end top the short off with as much delight as possible.
That's the difference between this short and the previous, Flat Foot Stooges. Three Little Sew and Sews provides goofy zany antics and great chaos meanwhile still being coherent, smart, and fun in the process. This is a Stooge classic to be raved about for all time.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 4 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2010-04-14 20:10:17 by Shemp_Diesel

"I got a good mind to bust this iron over your head!"

"Hey, remember you had to pay for the last iron."

3 pokes


Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2008-07-19 21:51:36 by Larry Larry
Had never seen this until tonight! Thank you Sony for finally remastering and re-releasing this series on DVD. Very funny throughout and not one moment of downtime. Curly shines in this short. His pantomime scene is great. The sofa and spring scene is even better. Moe and Larry are great as usual, but Curly does so much here that he takes this one home as his own.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2007-06-07 16:18:04 by Justin T

This is a good short, not a classic but I like it. It can see where the anti-military slant comments come from after watching this one a few times. Curly does some good stuff, love how he gets the MP's to throw Moe and Larry into jail for assaulting him thinking that hes the Admiral. Plus the spring gag with Curly is always good for a laugh. Weird ending with the Stooges dying but the submarine stuff was fun, loved Curly practicing suffocating from lack of oxygen! 3 pokes from me.

Oh and BTW, The "im going to change my socks" line is said by Moe in this short, not Curly. Curly says that same line in "Cactus Makes Perfect" not this short.


Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2002-01-19 05:36:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2003-11-06 23:51:00 by [Deleted Member]
I just watched this one for the first time in years. Curly is terrific throughout--his lording it over Moe and Larry when they're locked in the brig, his pantomime outside the window, and his reaction to the burning cigar under him when the woman is sitting in his lap (she asks, "Do you smell rubbish burning?").The spring-hooked-to-the-pants gag, a variation on the one in "An Ache In Every Stake," is even better in this version; especially when Curly grabs a cocktail table, they both go sliding across the floor, and then Curly falls down and the table bonks him on the head, almost like it's getting its revenge on him for disturbing it. Like the air hose in "Violent Is The Word For Curly," that table seems to have a (nasty) will of its own... in both scenes, it's like he's fighting with a wild animal! The only other film comedian who could do things like this with inanimate objects was Buster Keaton. This film really does have an anti-military (and anti-authority) slant, but I wonder why it's set in "Televania," when everyone's obviously wearing U.S. Navy uniforms? Was someone at Columbia afraid of offending the brass hats at the Pentagon? Oops, the Pentagon hadn't been built yet--I mean the War Department."Gasoline just don't taste as good since Prohibition!"Edited by - Pilsner Panther on 1/19/2002 7:08:40 AM

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2000-09-09 16:17:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-30 04:07:00 by Stooge
A great film, and the ending with the Stooges as angels was great. Also the last Stooge short with the Listen to the Mockingbird theme song.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2002-04-19 06:23:00 by black banana
Good short that does seem to have a slight anti-military slant to it.The Curly pantomime bit is excellent; Curly dominates this frombeginning to end. The submarine parts drag a bit, but the fine endingwith the Stooge Angels makes up for it.3 pokes - Nick Barker"I just changed my socks today, what an experience!"

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Re: THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS
Posted 2001-12-23 06:56:00 by sickdrjoe
Finally caught up with this one, esp significant as it's the first '39 short & 39-43 are THE peak years for the Curly Lineup. SEW & SEWS kicks off the era with a bang - literally, as the Stooges die in this one! SEW & SEWS is also the last of a short-lived breed (Rob, I know this will warm your libertarian heart), the violently anti-military 2-reel comedy (only possible during peacetime when sanity was likelier to prevail). There's no question but that the Stooges are at war with the Navy in general & their superior officers in particular. If anything, the anti-military tone is even more upfront than in HALF SHOT SHOOTERS. Four pokes, if we're still doing that sort of thing.

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