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The Three Stooges Online Filmography
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Episode Title Origins

The following is a list of those films and shorts that have either a working title or an explanation of the title's origins, or both, in the database. (Click on the episode's title to go to the episode page.)
Episode Title Working Title(s) Title Origins
1 NERTSERY RHYMES (1933) Nursery Rhymes
2 BEER AND PRETZELS (1933) Beer Gardens 'Moonlight and Pretzels', a Universal Studios musical from 1933.
3 BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD (1933) March of Time, Show World; Ring Up the Curtain (UK)
4 SALT WATER DAFFY (1933) SHIP AHOOEY! salt water taffy (candy)
5 HELLO POP (1933) BACK STAGE; NEW MUSICAL SHORT BY SUBER; TED HEALY SHORT
6 CLOSE RELATIONS (1933) MONKEY BUSINESS
7 PLANE NUTS (1933) AVIATION SHORT and AROUND THE WORLD BACKWARDS
8 HENRY THE ACHE (1934) HENRY THE APE
9 EVERYBODY LIKES MUSIC (1934) SO YOU WON'T TALK
10 JAIL BIRDS OF PARADISE (1934) Stars and Stripes, Reformers, and Reformania Bluebird of Paradise, also movie "Bird of Paradise" (RKO Radio, 1932)
11 VERY CLOSE VEINS (1934) MUSH
12 HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934) Hollywood Revue of 1933, Star Spangled Banquet
13 ART TROUBLE (1934) THE NUDE DEAL
14 PUNCH DRUNKS (1934) (A) SYMPHONY OF PUNCHES
15 SO YOU WON'T T-T-T-TALK (1934) LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
16 THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934) THREE LITTLE PIGS (1933 Disney cartoon)
17 HORSES' COLLARS (1935) HYDEN ZEEKE "Horse's asses."
18 HIS FIRST FLAME (1935) THE FIREMAN'S BRIDE
19 UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1935) OPERATORS 12, 14 AND 15
20 ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936) Pardon My Ants Ants in the pants
21 MOVIE MANIACS (1936) G-A-G MEN Working title is parody of term "G-Man".
22 DISORDER IN THE COURT (1936) Disorder in the Courtroom "Order in the court!"
23 WHOOPS, I'M AN INDIAN! (1936) FRONTIER DAZE Song, "I'm An Indian."
24 3 DUMB CLUCKS (1937) FIVE DUMB CLUCKS THREE SMART GIRLS (1936 Universal movie)
25 GOOFS AND SADDLES (1937) "Boots and Saddles" (1937 Gene Autry song and movie)
26 CASH AND CARRY (1937) GOLDDIGGING IN THE TREASURY
27 HEADIN' EAST (1937) WEST OF BROADWAY
28 OF HUMAN HEARTS (1938) BENEFITS FORGOT
29 WEE WEE MONSIEUR (1938) THE FOREIGN LEGIONEERS "Oui, oui monsieur."
30 START CHEERING (1938) COLLEGE FOLLIES OF 1938
31 CUCKOORANCHO (1938) RANCHO BANGO
32 HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND DUMB (1938) CUCKOO OVER CONTESTS Expression, "Healthy, wealthy and wise."
33 VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY (1938) VALIANT IS THE WORD FOR CARRIE (1936 Paramount)
34 THREE MISSING LINKS (1938) SHOULD GORILLAS MARRY? and GORILLAS OF 1939
35 MUTTS TO YOU (1938) MUTS TO YOU Expression, "Nuts to you!"
36 FLAT FOOT STOOGES (1938) "Flat Foot Floogie" is a popular jazz number of the '20s and '30s, usually associated with Fats Waller. "Floogie" is a 1920s slang expression for prostitute, "flat footed" from streetwalking. Just a play on words... no connection to the film's plot.
37 THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS (1939) THREE GOOFY GOBS, SUBMARINE BEHAVE! Three little so and so's. "So and so" is a euphemism for "son-of-a-bitch."
38 WE WANT OUR MUMMY (1939) "We want our mommy."
39 A DUCKING THEY DID GO (1939) NEVER DUCK A DUCK
40 YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZA (1939) YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZAS Song "Yes, We Have No Bananas" (1923) written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn.
41 BEHIND PRISON GATES (1939) ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ
42 CALLING ALL CURS (1939) DOG HOSPITAL "Calling all cars!"
43 OILY TO BED, OILY TO RISE (1939) OIL'S WELL
44 THREE SAPPY PEOPLE (1939) 3 SLOPPY PEOPLE Popular 1938 song "Two Sleepy People" (Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael).
45 YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940) OH, YOU NAZTY SPY! Possibly from one of popular comedian Joe Penner's many catch-phrases, "You Nasty Man!"
46 ROCKIN' THRU THE ROCKIES (1940) NELL'S BELLES, and GOODBYE MISTER CHUMPS
47 COOKOO CAVALIERS (1940) BEAUTY A LA MUD
48 BOOBS IN ARMS (1940) ALL THIS AND BULLETS TOO BABES IN ARMS (1937 musical production by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart) and the 1939 MGM movie version starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Working title is parody of 1940 Warner Bros. movie ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO.
49 DUTIFUL BUT DUMB (1941) Expression "beautiful but dumb;" also possibly Beautiful, But Dummies (1938 Educational comedy short)
50 TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (1941) SHOW BUSINESS
51 HOLD THAT GHOST (1941) OH, CHARLIE!
52 ACHE IN EVERY STAKE, AN (1941) ALL THIS AND BEDLAM TOO
53 IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE (1941) WELL, I'LL BE HANGED Expression, "In the sweet by and by."
54 LOCO BOY MAKES GOOD (1942) POOR BUT DISHONEST The expression, "Local boy makes good"
55 WHAT'S THE MATADOR? (1942) RUN, BULL, RUN Expression "what's the matter?"
56 MATRI-PHONY (1942) Matrimony
57 THREE SMART SAPS (1942) FATHER'S IN JAIL AGAIN THREE SMART GIRLS (1936 Universal)
58 SOCK-A-BYE BABY (1942) THEIR FIRST BABY "Rock-A-Bye Baby"
59 THEY STOOGE TO CONGA (1943) Possibly a parody of She Stoops to Conquer, an early (1939) BBC TV series
60 DIZZY DETECTIVES (1943) IDIOTS DELUXE For origin of working title see entry for IDIOTS DELUXE (1945).
61 IT AIN'T HAY (1943) HOLD YOUR HORSES Retitled IT AIN'T HAY, a reference to Bud & Lou's record-setting War Bond tour prior to IAH production, raising $85MM... "It Ain't Hay" being an old slang expression meaning "a lot of money."
62 SPOOK LOUDER (1943) "Speak louder"
63 BACK FROM THE FRONT (1943) A SAILOR'S MESS
64 I CAN HARDLY WAIT (1943) NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH Origin of working title: Expression, "nothing but the truth."
65 DIZZY PILOTS (1943) PEST PILOTS
66 YOKE'S ON ME, THE (1944) FOULED BY A FOWL Expression, "The joke's on me."
67 3 OF A KIND (1944) THREE OF A KIND
68 PICK A PECK OF PLUMBERS (1944) SUNK IN THE SINK
69 GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944) TENDERIZED HAMS
70 STRANGE AFFAIR (1944) STALK THE HUNTER
71 NO DOUGH BOYS (1944) THE NEW WORLD ODOR Origin of working title, term "The New World Order". NO DOUGH BOYS is takeoff on "No-No Boys", WWII internees who had answered "no" to a two-part loyalty question that asked them to renounce the Japanese Emperor and agree to serve in the US Armed Forces
72 CRAZY KNIGHTS (1944) Rereleased and retitled by Astor Pictures in 1951, as GHOST CRAZY.
73 IDIOTS DELUXE (1945) THE MALADY LINGERS ON Play "Idiot's Delight" by Robert E. Sherwood (1936), and MGM movie version (1939). Working title is parody of 1927 Irving Berlin song "The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)."
74 IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945) NEARLY IN THE DOUGH Line from the song, "Comin' Through the Rye."
75 SAILOR TAKES A WIFE, THE (1945) FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE / JOHN AND MARY
76 BEER BARREL POLECATS (1946) THREE DUDS IN THE SUDS Song, "Beer Barrel Polka."
77 GENTLEMAN MISBEHAVES, THE (1946) LULLABY OF BROADWAY
THE LADY MISBEHAVES
78 TALK ABOUT A LADY (1946) DUCHESS OF BROADWAY
79 UNCIVIL WAR BIRDS (1946) 3 SOUTHERN DUMBBELLS Release title based on "civil warriors" and "war brides." Working title is parody of term "southern belle."
80 DANGEROUS BUSINESS (1946) POWER OF ATTORNEY and CORPUS DELECTI
81 MONKEY BUSINESSMEN (1946) SANITARIUM STOOGE Expression, "monkey business."
82 THREE LOAN WOLVES (1946) IN HOCK Possibly a reference to Columbia's movie series "The Lone Wolf" (1935 - 1947)
83 RHYTHM AND WEEP (1946) ACTING UP Expression, "Read 'em and weep."
84 HALF-WITS HOLIDAY (1947) NO GENTS --- NO CENTS
85 HOLD THAT LION! (1947) THE LION AND THE LOUSE Football term, "Hold that line," and possibly a reference to the lyric, "Hold that tiger" from song "Tiger Rag."
86 BRIDELESS GROOM (1947) LOVE AND LEARN
87 SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947) WHERE THE VEST BEGINS Nursery rhyme, "Sing a song of six pence." Working title is parody of phrase, "Where the west begins."
88 ALL GUMMED UP (1947) SWEET VITA-MINE
89 SQUAREHEADS OF THE ROUND TABLE (1948) THREE STOOGES IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT
90 JITTER BUGHOUSE (1948) NOTES TO YOU
91 FEUDIN', FUSSIN', AND A-FIGHTIN' (1948) WONDERFUL RACE AT RIMROCK
92 HOT SCOTS, THE (1948) SCOTLAND YARDBIRDS
93 HEAVENLY DAZE (1948) HEAVEN'S ABOVE Expression "heavenly days", a very popular catch-phrase at the time, from radio program "Fibber McGee And Molly".
94 CRIME ON THEIR HANDS (1948) The phrase, "Grime on their hands"The phrase, "Time on their hands"
95 GHOST TALKS, THE (1949) THAT'S THE SPIRIT THE GHOST WALKS (1934 Invincible)
96 HOKUS POKUS (1949) THREE BLIND MICE
97 MALICE IN THE PALACE (1949) HERE WE GO SCHMOW
98 WAITING IN THE LURCH (1949) Left in the lurch
99 VAGABOND LOAFERS (1949) Possibly a play on words from the 1929 Rudy Vallee comedy, "The Vagabond Lover".
100 DIZZY YARDBIRD (1950) WHAT A SOLDIER!
101 LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1950) NEW GROOMS SWEEP CLEAN Expression, "love at first sight."
102 THREE HAMS ON RYE (1950) HOW HAMMY WAS MY HAMLET
103 THREE ARABIAN NUTS (1951) GENI WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR Parody of term, "Arabian Nights." Working title is parody of 1854 Stephen Foster song, "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair."
104 DON'T THROW THAT KNIFE (1951) NONCENSUS TAKERS
105 SCRAMBLED BRAINS (1951) IMPATIENT PATIENT
106 GOLD RAIDERS (1951) The Stooges Go West
107 TOOTH WILL OUT, THE (1951) A YANK AT THE DENTIST Expression, "The truth will out."
108 PEST MAN WINS (1951) MOUSERS IN THE TROUSERS Expression, "The best man wins."
109 'FRAIDY CAT (1951) SILLY SLEUTHS
110 AIM, FIRE, SCOOT (1952) DAFFY DRAFTEES
111 CORNY CASANOVAS (1952) NONE WON
112 HE COOKED HIS GOOSE (1952) CLAM UP
113 CAUGHT ON THE BOUNCE (1952) GULLIBLE'S TRAVELS Working title is parody of story "Gulliver's Travels".
114 THREE DARK HORSES (1952) SMALL DELEGATES AT LARGE
115 CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO (1952) A TRAIN CALLED SCHMOW Working title was a parody of the 1951 Warner Bros. movie A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. The film parodies both STREETCAR and Universal's HARVEY (1951).
116 BOOTY AND THE BEAST (1953) FUN FOR THE MONEY A take off on the fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast"
117 LOOSE LOOT (1953) FILTHY LUCRE
118 TRICKY DICKS (1953) COP AND BULL STORY
119 SPOOKS! (1953) CUCKOO DETECTIVES
120 RIP, SEW, AND STITCH (1953) A PRESSING AFFAIR
121 BUBBLE TROUBLE (1953) DRUGSTORE DUBS
122 INCOME TAX SAPPY (1954) TAX SAPS / INCOME TAX SAPS
123 PALS AND GALS (1954) CUCKOO WESTERNERS
124 SHOT IN THE FRONTIER (1954) LOW AFTERNOON Working title was a parody of HIGH NOON (1952 movie)
125 SCOTCHED IN SCOTLAND (1954) HASSLE IN THE CASTLE
126 OF CASH AND HASH (1955) CROOK CRACKERS
127 GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE (1955) BLUNDERING BACHELORS
128 BEDLAM IN PARADISE (1955) GRUESOME THREESOME Expression, "Trouble in paradise."
129 STONE AGE ROMEOS (1955) CAVED IN CAVEMEN
130 WHAM-BAM-SLAM! (1955) ENJOYING POOR HEALTH
131 BLUNDER BOYS (1955) CUCKOO COPS
132 HOOK A CROOK (1955) DAFFY DETECTIVES
133 HUSBANDS BEWARE (1956) EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED Working title is parody of the expression, "Eat, drink and be merry."
134 CREEPS (1956) THREE BRAVE COWARDS
135 ARMY DAZE (1956) "Army Days" and "Whacky in Khaki"
136 FOR CRIMIN' OUT LOUD (1956) NUTTY NEWSHOUNDS Expression "for crying out loud."
137 RUMPUS IN THE HAREM (1956) DIAMOND DAFFY
138 HOT STUFF (1956) THEY GASSED WRONG
139 SCHEMING SCHEMERS (1956) PIXILATED PLUMBERS
140 COMMOTION ON THE OCEAN (1956) SALT WATER DAFFY
141 HOOFS AND GOOFS (1957) GALLOPING BRIDE / HORSING AROUND
142 MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER (1957) BUILDER UPPERS
143 MERRY MIX-UP, A (1957) A MERRY MARRIAGE MIX-UP
144 SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957) ROCKET AND ROLL IT
145 GUNS A POPPIN! (1957) NERVELESS WRECK Hellzapoppin
146 HORSING AROUND (1957) JUST HORSING AROUND / JUST FOOLING AROUND
147 RUSTY ROMEOS (1957) SAPPY LOVERS
148 OUTER SPACE JITTERS (1957) OUTER SPACE DAZE
149 FIFI BLOWS HER TOP (1958) RANCID ROMANCE
150 PIES AND GUYS (1958) EASY COME, EASY GO
151 FLYING SAUCER DAFFY (1958) PARDON MY FLYING SAUCER
152 TRIPLE CROSSED (1959) CHISELING CHISELER
153 SAPPY BULL FIGHTERS (1959) THAT'S BULLY
154 THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK, THE (1960) HOME COOKING
155 FOX MOVIETONE NEWS - RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE A Sma (1961) RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE - A Smash Hit
156 OUTLAWS IS COMING, THE (1965) THE THREE STOOGES MEET THE GUNSLINGERS
157 SAVAGE INTRUDER (1969) THE COMEBACK and HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE
158 MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR (1970) MAKE MINE MANILA
159 BLAZING STEWARDESSES (1975) THE JET SET Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES (1974).

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