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Average Rating:     [5.84/10]   31 votes


Fired from another theatre gig, our stage comic Stooges take the advice of an irate theatre manager to kill themselves. Literally on the brink, they meet three lady hoofers, Hilda, Tilda, and Wilda on the same rooftop, and fast become smitten with them. Forgetting all about pulling a Brody, the pals and gals soon meet up with a man "afflicted with millions" who offers them starring roles in his new stage show.

Nita Bieber, Gloria Patrice and Ruth Godfrey filmed a scene where they impersonate The Three Stooges, a companion piece to the Stooges impersonation of the girls as ballerinas. It was edited before the short was released. The script for that missing segment appears in The Three Stooges Journal # 111 (Fall 2004). It is accompanied by a production still of the girls in costume as Moe, Larry and Curly, courtesy of the memorabilia collection of costar Nita Bieber. The mystery of the girls wearing suits in the final scene is explained by this unusual discovery.

Costars Nita Bieber and Gloria Patrice were interviewed for The Three Stooges Journal in 2004. Their comments were published in issues 111 and 112, Fall - Winter 2004.

The Army Induction scene was scripted for GENTS WITHOUT CENTS, but not filmed at that time. The routine originates from Buster Keaton's Columbia short GENERAL NUISANCE (1941), performed by Keaton and Monte Collins.

The "Swingeroo Joe" number is actually titled "Chambers Boogie," by Tommy Chambers; see The Three Stooges Journal # 94 (Summer 2000).

According to costars Nita Bieber and Gloria Patrice, the rooftop sequence was filmed at Monogram Studios, a few blocks east of Columbia on Sunset Blvd.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
October 03, 1946
Production Type
Short Subject
17.75 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   ACTING UP
Title Origin:   Expression, "Read 'em and weep."
Prod. No.:   4057
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1946-04-23   To: 1946-04-26

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 5.00)
Face Slaps: 16 Eye Pokes: 3 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 1

Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "This I like. And I get paid for it, too."

  • "Those two men down there, they're my uncles." "Your uncles? They look like ants." "They've got aunts in their..." [smack!]
    (Curly & Moe)

  • "C'mon, we got some croakin' to do!"

Stooge Goofs   (5)
  • Character Breaking
    After Moe splatters the pie in Curly's face, Larry looks like he's trying not to laugh.

  • Character Breaking
    When the millionaire/crazy guy yells â€Å"Choo Choo! All aboard!”, Curly gets a slight smile on his face like he's trying not to laugh.

  • Ghost laugh?
    When Curly drops the hammer off the building, it hits someone down below. The accompanying yell is obviously from Bud Jamison, who died 2 years previously!!

  • Trees in the Background?
    The scene where the Stooges first arrive on the roof of the tall building and meet the girls shows treetops in the background. However, during the scene where Curly says, "See those two men down on the street? ... they're my uncles." the audience is given a view of the street below indicating that the would-be jumpers are at least 15 or 20 stories above the ground. I cannot imagine a tree so tall that you can see it's top from 150 to 200 feet up!

  • Unbroken Pie
    When the theater manager appears at the stage door the first time, he hurls the Stooges' props at them. He throws a basket which Curly catches, the basket landing in Curly's hands sideways and very roughly. Later in the scene, after Larry and Moe decide to go jump off a building, Curly argues to wait while he eats. He produces a perfect, unbroken pie from the basket that was just thrown at them.

Stooge Routines   (10)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • The pill gag was originally written to have Curly pop the pills into his own mouth, but his physical coordination was poor due to his failing heath. The gag, then, had to be changed and Moe ended up popping the pills into Curly's mouth.
    Source: The Complete Three Stooges, by Jon Solomon
    Added by xraffle on 2009-03-22 03:35:20
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (21)
Posted 2001-10-01 12:29:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-09-13 11:11:24 by Shemp_Diesel

I'm sure I'm in a very tiny minority as far as this short is concerned--but I've always liked it. I'm really not sure I can put it into words, but this short works for me. Hilda, Wilda and Tilda--with looks like that they can dance for me anytime and I'm someone who usually can't stand a lot of singing and dancing numbers in my old comedies, but it works here.

Btw, I don't see what's so morbid about the suicide scene since Moe states that after he jumped he was going to the cleaners. :-) Try to give these shorts a fair shake people & not obsess too much on what Curly can't do. If you know he's ill don't hold it against him or these films that he can't spin like a top or yuk it up like he did in his prime. But as always "To each his (or her) own."

8 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2011-03-06 22:56:41 by locoboymakesgood
Painful doesn't even begin to describe this short. Why did I rate it 0.5 instead of "Bomb"? Simply because of Larry. His line that breaks the 4th Wall is a classic regardless. You could have thrown that in Sweet and Hot and it would bump it up 0.5.

The problem is I've only really watched Rhythm and Weep to complete my viewing of all 190 shorts or to have it on as simple background noise but it's so painfully unfunny I almost cringe when I see the terribly unfunny suicide scene. I'm not in the "All Curly Is Gold" camp like a lot of people are, but given Curly's ill health and the overall premise you could have stuck a prime early 40s/late 30s Curly or even Shemp in to the 3rd Stooge role and it still wouldn't have worked. Whoever penned this monstrosity must have seriously spit it out in less than an hour because it shows. Barely any worthwhile dialogue, a stupid plot, unfunny gags, and droll dance numbers.

Monkey Businessmen has always been my least favorite Curly short but after watching Rhythm and Weep right now for the first time in ages I think I've changed my mind.

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Posted 2009-04-17 14:20:54 by Hollister
Edited 2009-04-17 14:23:19 by Hollister

I liked this Short, especially the dance scenes. Those girls had great legs and it showed. I really liked Ruth Godfrey and what a set of legs. Curly in the beginning with the line he wanted to eat the pie so he could die-gest right was pretty funny too.

Posted 2008-01-25 11:21:16 by Mike Lipincranz
Edited 2008-01-25 11:26:13 by Dunrobin

This was not the most memorable short of the stooges, however it did have some funny moments like when Curly and Larry kept whacking Moe with the instruments and the ledge scene. All in all, nothing with the boys is really that bad, now is it??
Plus that's where I got my sign on name from!!!

Posted 2007-10-21 04:39:34 by hailstone
The worst one they did with Curly, bar none. He was in ill-health, and the suicide premise and none-too-funny musical numbers do nothing to bolster it. The SOLE funny moment in this dreck is when Larry faces the camera and says, 'This I like, and I'm getting paid for it too!"

Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Posted 2006-03-25 11:40:00 by shemps#1
Rhytym and Weep is a classic case of the average score being deceptive. There is no way anyone can justify giving this stinker 4 pokes, which a few members have done hence the 2 poke average. 2 pokes should mean a so-so/average/OK short, and this is anything but. Perhaps if these members were a little more critical and honest with the Curly shorts it would have a more deserving score.

With that said I can't say this short is deserving a bomb either. The beginning with the Stooges and the women contemplating suicide is actually pretty funny. However R&W takes a complete nose dive when they meet up with the millionaire/crazy guy and start the whole dancing/sketch routine. The women, as cute as they may be, slow the short down immensely with their dancing, and the army recruiting routine fell flat. Curly's health may have been bad during filming, but even a Curly in his prime wouldn't have made this pathetic short any good.

My Rating: 0.5 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Posted 2003-08-07 03:16:00 by Pat Stooge
Edited 2006-03-25 10:13:47 by shemps#1
I fell asleep watching this short. It was very very boring and very unfunny. Curly looks likes he's lost some weight here too.
Posted 2000-08-26 17:42:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-23 20:40:00 by Stooge
The worst Curly short ever. This is pretty much just a pale copy of GENTS WITHOUT CENTS, which itself wasn't that good but at least that had the classic "Niagara Falls" routine. This had nothin'. The only saving grace was the Mike Lippincranz sketch. The ending with the guy turning out to be crazy was done much better later on in PARDON MY CLUTCH.

Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Posted 2002-07-24 20:35:00 by [Deleted Member]
An excellent Three Stooges short subject! If I don't like a film with Curly in it, I will say so, but this one worked for me. P.S: It's no crime to get sick.
Posted 2002-07-21 10:17:00 by [Deleted Member]
I wouldn't go so far as to bomb this one; I'll use the bomb only for shorts that are more than 50% recycled footage, and for some of the Bessers. But still, Curly is painful to watch here""he's obviously in terrible shape. He looks like he's lost a fair amount of weight, and that along with his halting speech makes him seem like he ought to be in a hospital rather than performing, poor guy.And this short gets additional minus pokes for the lousy production values; even the [i]lighting[/i] looks bad! May be the low point of the Curly era.

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Posted 2002-01-11 19:10:00 by BJR
A terrible late Curly-era short; nearly as bad as THREE TROUBLEDOERS. The boys had NO material here, so they thought up about eight minutes of acting that wasn't half funny, and filled the rest with dancing and music.Moe's line: "Come on, we've got some croaking to do!" cracked me up, but I waited at least five minutes after that to laugh at all, and even then, it wasn't too funny.From that point on, there was nothing hysterically funny or anything until the crazy guy starts saying, "Chu, chu!" and walking holding the train.I know everyone loves Curly, and that no one will admit this, but this is a truly awful short. It's so obvious that they had nothing good planned. So there were two small parts that I liked, so what? This is an 18-minute short, and it should be a fast-paced and hysterically funny film!Don't moida me for saying this, but I have a hard time saying this one is much better than HOOFS AND GOOFS...Rating: 1.5/10
Posted 2001-11-27 22:04:00 by RainInTheFace
Yeah, this short is OK, I kinda liked the seen when Moe is trying to undress Curly. Curly is DEFINITELY hurting in this one though. He sounds weak. But still not a terrible short.2 pokes
Posted 2001-10-11 15:31:00 by Nosehonk
This is by far one of the worst Curly shorts. The plot is terrible and WAY too much time is gobbled up with musical numbers. I have nothing against musical numbers, mind you, but if eats up half the short, it makes it clear that they are there for nothing more than filling up space.A generous 1 poke.Edited by - Nosehonk on 10/11/2001 3:34:17 PM

Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Posted 2001-10-01 18:29:00 by Mike Holme
I did change my mind! Whaddya know! This short isn't so bad after all! But the long dancing scene does weaken this short a bit and there is a little too much music. Not a terrible effort though, because the Mike Lippincranz play was a piece of classic vaudeville comedy. Jack Norton was great as the lunatic and let's not forget the funny ending(even though it was done better in "Pardon My Clutch"). Overall, I wouldn't rate it as high as Shemp D. did, but I think it is not such a terrible short after all. Most people tend to rate this one unfairly because Curly isn't as energetic and he is noticably ill. But he still is his funny old self albeit ill!3 pokesEdited by - Mike Holme on 10/6/2001 1:25:17 AM
Posted 2001-07-24 16:37:00 by [Deleted Member]
People, people! Let's not be so hard on this short. This the healthiest I've seen Curly look in his ill period. I love all those funny scenes you folks mention. This is an awful lot like "Gent" but it has it's differences too. I think they knew that the dance scene on the stage would be too long and boring for Stooge fans. That's why the Stooges had funny little parts in that scene. They would show a little ballet, than a little Stooge enthusiasm as the boys excitedly dance while watching the girls. Then more of the girls ballet was shown, then more Stooges. It was like that all the way through the dance scene, so I don't think that it's THAT long and boring of a scene- PLUS we get to see gorgeous girls dancing! What more could a fella want? This short may not deserve the highest rating a film could get, but it certainly doesn't deserve the lowest either.ISLIPP- dogs YIPP. ®2001
Posted 2001-05-14 00:37:00 by Larrysgirl
I too think this short is pretty weak, but I think its slightly, just slightly, better than THREE LOAN WOLVES. That isn't saying much, but Curly does seem a little more animated. The ending wasn't all that great either, with the stooges hitting themselves on the head. A better(?) ending might've had a devestated Moe saying "Lets go back up to the roof", or "Lets finish what we started before", or something like that and showed everybody leaving the room. THAT would've made an interesting ending(but not funny) ending to a stooge short, and left us wondering if they finally jumped or not. (Of course, I don't like endings that leave you with too many questions or unhappy endings. So I would imagine the stooges on the roof with their sweethearts about to end it all, when the three couples declare their love for each other and decide to live for each others' sakes and get married and finally become a success on Broadway!)
Posted 2001-05-12 12:04:00 by Dunrobin
I agree, Stooge. I usually think of this one as the worst Curly short, although it is a toss-up with "Beer Barrell Polecats." The production values stank - watch the background buildings move around and curl during the jumping off the roof scene - and the whole "suicide" theme was "too, too morbid" and out of place in a Stooges short. Dunrobin (the Webmaster)

Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Posted 2001-03-13 03:50:00 by [Deleted Member]
Hmmm, I just saw this short and I really am surprised to see so many negative reviews of it. It was a riot and I laughed out loud! I don't get the problem with the dancing sequences either. Ladies who look like that can dance for me anytime! LOL It's true, we've all gotten somewhat spoiled by the convenience of TV reruns and a VCR that allows us to view these stooge films so often and close together. Every "flaw" becomes noticeable. As someone pointed out, that wasn't always the case. Oh well, I liked it anyway. LOL
Posted 2001-02-25 19:31:00 by NicktoBarada
I don't know why some of you are beating up on this film. I like it a lot! Sure, it may not be as good as some other Curly films, but what do you want? I actually think he was able to hold his own in this short. Love the "Stooge Jam Session" and the "This I like, and I get paid for it, too!" line. Great ending as well. All I'm saying is, don't scrutinize each short for what may be lacking. Just watch it, laugh, and enjoy it.
Posted 2001-01-24 00:57:00 by Uncle Mortimer
I personally, am more on the side of Soitainly and Shemp D.(below). Although "RHYTHM AND WEEP" is certainly(soitainly) not their best stuff, it still has enough memorable scenes to be considered a decent one by me. I especially enjoy the 'Stooge jam session' with Curly on sax! I love the expressions on Moe's face just before he gets hit with the trombone slide or the bow from the stand-up bass. I think that if you try not to 'analyze' Curly too much in these later shorts, you can enjoy them a little more. After all, when we were kids watching the Stooges, we weren't picking apart every little thing Curly did wrong or couldn't do; I'd like to think that we were just watching our favorite comedians trying to give us a good time. Some shorts better than others, of course. I don't think this film deserves one poke. I think that's a little harsh. One poke is for Besser shorts. Also, HILDA, TILDA and WILDA; nice lookin' dames! (how could you want to jump off a building after meeting them?!) The end is kinda memorable too, with the millionaire turning out to be a mental patient.
Posted 2000-07-20 16:30:00 by Dunrobin
Easily one of the worst Curly episodes ever made.

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