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THREE SMART SAPS

Wedding plans for the Three Stooges are cut short when the father of their brides is wrongly jailed. Moe comes up with a plan for them to get into jail and bust the father out. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get arrested, they end up walking through the front door of the county jail. To get the future father-in-law's job back as warden and expose the criminals, the Stooges go undercover as gentlemen at the gangster's dinner party to take pictures as evidence. The lengthy rumba dance provides plenty of time for Moe to shoot the photos, while Curly creates a diversion by exposing various undergarments.



The 1-sheet and lobby cards give cast credit to Barbara Pepper. She does not appear in the short. Due to her name's prominence on publicity materials, it is currently guessed that she was intended to play one of the Stooges' girlfriends, but was recast. Existing production photos, and still frame viewings of the film, do not reveal her as one of the extras on the party dancefloor. Jules White's files at the Herrick Library do not explain the discrepancy. A mystery that's still looking for an answer.

A 2004 interview with costar Julie Gibson appeared in The Three Stooges Journal # 110 (Summer 2004).

The rhumba number in this film is titled "Brazilian Cotillion;" see The Three Stooges Journal # 92 (Winter 1999).

Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
July 30, 1942
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
16.75 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   FATHER'S IN JAIL AGAIN
Title Origin:   THREE SMART GIRLS (1936 Universal)
Prod. No.:   532
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1942-04-07   To: 1942-04-10

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 4.75)
Face Slaps: 14 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 5 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (6)
  • "Stand aside. Let a guy that can knock, nick knock, n'yuk n'yuk n'yuk!"
    (Curly)

  • "We're not ordinary people... we're morons."
    (Curly)

  • "Do you rhumba?" "Only when I take bicarbonate."
    (Barbara Slater & Curly)

  • "If you didn't have TB, I'd be able to get this around 'ya." "What'a'ya mean TB?" "Two bellies."
    (Moe & Curly)

  • "Exhibit A!" "Exhibit B!" [bonk!]
    (Curly & Moe)

  • "Oh, snooty, eh?!" "Yeah, you gotta have a snoot suit."
    (Curly & Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Change Partners
    In the opening sequence, Moe is paired with Stella (Julie Gibson), Larry with Mella (Julie Duncan) and Curly with Bella (Ruth Skinner). At the wedding, Moe and Curly have switched girlfriends... Curly marries Bella, and Moe marries Stella.

  • Changing Split
    Larry is about to re-stitch Curly's split pant leg, then the camera cuts to the next shot and the split on Curly's pant leg suddenly looks different.

  • Curly's Arms
    When Moe is tying the chain around Curly's waist, Curly's holding one arm up, but in the next shot, he's holding up both arms, then in the next shot, he's back to holding one arm up again.

  • Singing Out-of-Sync
    At the beginning when the Stooges are singing together, Larry sings out-of-sync from the other two during one part.


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Fan Reviews   (6)
Re: THREE SMART SAPS
Posted 2008-02-17 11:45:01 by screwball  
I just viewed this for the first time in a long time and must include this as one of my all-time favorites.The dance scene alone makes this a four poker

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: THREE SMART SAPS
Posted 2001-07-23 03:12:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2006-03-25 08:00:28 by shemps#1  
Excellent film! A true Curly classic! The tall girl Curly dances with is a knockout! Nobody comments on the unique method of transportation the boys use to get to their fiancees house. I could see that in an "Our Gang" short. Excellent dance scene and great gags! If you haven't seen it yet, do Moe a favor tear your tonsils out for him!
Re: THREE SMART SAPS
Posted 2003-09-06 21:46:00 by jaronson  
This is a great short, especially the rhumba dance and the whole party scene for that matter. However, I never liked the gag about the Stooges trying to go to jail on purpose to bust someone out, even in SO LONG, MR. CHUMPS. It would have been funnier in both shorts if Curly dressed up as the convict's mother and bailed him out.

Grade: A (3 1/2 pokes)

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: THREE SMART SAPS
Posted 2002-01-25 21:10:00 by Hammond Eggar
Edited 2003-07-04 10:42:00 by Hammond Eggar  
Well, once again I get to voice my undying praise for this film. I am a HUGE fan of the Rhumba Dance sequence. Like his brother Shemp, Curly was an extremely gifted physical comedian. That dance sequence alone makes this short a Stooges classic, as far as I'm concerned. It IS certainly underappreciated. I also dig the scene in which the Stooges find the 'marble machine' in prison. That's always good for a laugh. "The wedding bells will start to ring". . .indeed!!!

Re: THREE SMART SAPS
Posted 2001-09-30 20:23:00 by Mike Holme  
An excellent short. For some reason on the Monkey Businessmen tape, the quality is bad, same with "Monkey Businessmen" itself. Anyway, Larry as a drunk was also great. 4 pokes Mike Holme
Re: THREE SMART SAPS
Posted 2001-09-29 12:43:00 by Shemp_Diesel  
Shorts that focused on Curly entertaining and/or dancing always promise to be great & this short delivers big. Nice ending too with Curly getting pelted relentlessly.4 pokes in the eye for this.Edited by - Shemp_Diesel on 10/1/2001 10:17:15 AM

Reviewer's Rating: (10)

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