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Average Rating:     [7.88/10]   18 votes


A woman leaves a baby on the Stooges' doorstep. Taking the baby in, the boys learn the hard way the responsibilities of fatherhood... having a hard time changing the baby's diaper (they test how big the diaper should be on Curly), and trying to feed it things like an artichoke and spagetti. Reading in the newspaper that a baby was kidnapped, just as the police arrive with their baby's distraught mother, our heroes incorrectly assume they have the kidnapped child. And the chase is on!

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

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
November 13, 1942
Production Type
Short Subject
17.9 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   THEIR FIRST BABY
Title Origin:   "Rock-A-Bye Baby"
Prod. No.:   539
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1942-04-28   To: 1942-05-01

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.50)
Face Slaps: 10 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "What did you eat when you were a baby?" "Weeds."
    (Moe and Curly)

  • "Gee, I wonder if I looked like that when I was delivered by the stork?" "When you were born, you were delivered by a buzzard."
    (Curly and Moe)

  • "Artichoke." "You too...!" [Rowrrf!]
    (Moe & Curly)

Stooge Goofs   (7)
  • Character Breaking
    Watch Larry's face one of the times Moe yells â€Å"SCISSORS!!!” to Curly during the pin-pin-scissors scene.

  • Closed Mouth
    When Little Jimmy burps out loud, his mouth doesn't open.

  • Dubbed-In Line
    When Moe picks up Jimmy and says â€Å"Lemme see now…”, his mouth doesn't move.

  • Dubbed-In Yells
    When one of the cops get hit on the head with an ironing board repeatedly, his yelling doesn't match his actual mouth movements.

  • Missing Scene
    After Moe tells Curly that he's not scrubbing the celery correctly, the camera abruptly cuts to Moe and Curly looking at something off-camera in delight.

  • Repeatedly Falling Book
    When Larry puts the bag of groceries down on the table, it accidentally knocks a book over. Moe notices this and puts the book back up, but then Larry accidentally knocks it down again afterwards!

  • What Happened to the Spaghetti?
    When Larry says to Little Jimmy â€Å"Fit for an airplane worker”, you can see Moe and Curly in the background both cutting some pieces of spaghetti. But when the camera cuts to a closer shot of them, the spaghetti is suddenly gone and they're both doing something else.

Stooge Routines   (5)

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Audio Files   (2)
  • Hypochondriacs
    Wave Sound (34.24 Kb)
    "Now you're getting your vitamins... starch, vegetables, hypochondriacs..."

  • Nice Manners
    Wave Sound (42.19 Kb)

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Fan Reviews   (8)
Posted 2011-02-03 20:25:03 by shemps#1
I'm going to echo the sentiments of the previous reviews: Stooges and babies don't mix. It doesn't matter from what era or who the third Stooge was; it never seems to work out well. I just finished watching this one, which is the final short of The Three Stooges Collection Volume 3 and I didn't laugh at all. What a weak way to end a volume which contains quite a few great shorts.

1/2 poke

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Posted 2010-04-30 21:35:11 by Shemp_Diesel

Yeah, it's another baby short, but still pretty funny. A few steps up from Mutts to You.

3 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2009-07-22 10:35:31 by BeatleShemp
This short for me, though not one of my favorites, gets a three poke from me. I enjoy seeing the Stooges interact with kids and the situation they are put in here preparing a meal, making a pair of pants out of the table cloth, and trying to get rid of the kid to avoid the cops was pretty funny. I enjoyed the line Larry said: "I'm one-third of a father!" That cracked me up for some reason. I also like how the Stooges disguised their car with a tent. The bit where Curly leans over to cut a hole to see only to press Moe into the horn was hilarious as well.
Posted 2001-04-26 20:50:00 by Stooge
Edited 2008-06-14 01:59:25 by Stooge
Some hilarious moments here and there, but overall, this was the usual substandard "baby" short, with a sappy ending. The police chase sequence toward the end turned out boring and not as exciting as it could've been. I especially don't like this short much because it was the first weak short of the early 40's and ruined the streak of perfect shorts they had going starting with YOU NAZTY SPY.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2003-08-07 02:43:00 by Pat Stooge
Edited 2006-03-25 08:08:57 by shemps#1
This is the most silly and absurd short of the early 1940s,it's funny though and it had me laughing pretty hard.I broke down laughing non-stop at the Negro bit man gag as they grabbed his drinking bottle while disguised as a bush.Many of the bit man gags in the stooge short involved one black man,while they seem racist today they were funny back then.The black man looked at the camera and screamed ran off.Still the silliest part is the plot.Why does the woman want her baby back if she gave him up for adoption?That didn't make any sense at all.
Posted 2002-04-02 20:03:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2006-03-25 08:08:30 by shemps#1
C'mon guys! This is a great short! Like I always say, who cares if it's fast-paced, as long as the gags are funny. Like Dr. Belch (above), I can't get enough of kitchen/food-related humor. Then, there's the big fight- Bud Jamison vs the ironing board. It was funny to see the boys driving around in a tent. I loved when Curly squashed Moe's face against the steering wheel- except that Moe didn't retalliate. It was understandable though, because he needed to keep both hands on the wheel. Lastly, the bit with the road worker was a scream, whether or not it was Dudley Dickerson. Larry: You know, fish is good brain food.
Posted 2001-09-30 20:25:00 by Mike Holme
This one is okay, there are some good moments, but this just doesn't turn out well overall. I agree with Sickdrjoe's opinion that kids and comedians don't mix which seems to be very true. The ending is very weak just like the other "baby" shorts. 2 1/2 pokes Mike HolmeEdited by - Mike Holme on 10/7/2001 3:24:10 AM
Posted 2001-02-08 10:38:00 by sickdrjoe
Unless it's WC Fields, I prefer not to see comedians working with kids and babies. Too much sloppy sentiment. Herethe Stooges have another go at it, but at least in MUTTS TO YOU y'had that cool dog-laundry as a side dish.

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