Pardon My Scotch (1935) starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard)
Pardon My Scotch is set in America as the Prohibition on the sale of alcohol is about to expire. Moe, Larry, and Curly are working as carpenters, installing a new door at a pharmacy. The first half of the short takes place in the pharmacy, and is the funnier half of the short film, in my opinion. There’s ample opportunity for slapstick and the Stooges use it well. One of my favorite bits that the Three Stooges perform is the “point to the right” which they do here.
In addition, Curly cuts a table in half while Moe is standing on it. In reality, Moe Howard actually broke his ribs filming this! He traps Moe under a door, and uses a power saw to “cut him free” …. Resulting in dropping him through the floor to the floor below. The pharmacist needs to leave since his ordered shipment of alcohol won’t arrive on time, and he foolishly leaves the Stooges in charge.
While he’s gone, the salesman from the liquor company arrives, tasked with placating the customer. And he asks the Stooges to mix him a “pick up” drink. One of the Stooges patented routines is creating a concoction of chemicals, not having a clue what they’re doing, and they do it very well here. The final concoction tastes like Scotch. And the salesman arranges to have Moe, Larry and Curly come to his boss’ mansion and demonstrate their “scotch”.
Scots at the party
The second half of the short film takes place at the mansion, where the Stooges are dressed in kilts and are pretending to be Scots. They do their normal mayhem, including throwing fruit in the open mouth of an Italian singer (played by Billy Gilbert), doing a parody of a Scottish dance, disrupting the dinner, and finally rolling in a keg of their brew — which explodes shortly afterward.
Pardon My Scotch is a very funny Three Stooges short. Its available on DVD as part of the Three Stooges Collection volume 1.
Funny movie quotes from the Three Stooges short film, Pardon My Scotch
Salesman: Boy, do I feel low. Hey, mix me a pick-up.
Curly (Curly Howard): He wants a derrick!
Moe (Moe Howard): Sneak up on it slow.
Curly (Curly Howard): I’ll be right behind you, don’t be afraid.
Moe (Moe Howard): This oughta pick him up!
Curly (Curly Howard): And put him down, too.
Larry (Larry Fine): Maybe we oughta humor him.
Curly (Curly Howard): I’ll marry him if there’s enough dough in it.
Scotsman: Are you laddies by any chance from Loch Lomond?
Curly (Curly Howard): No, we’re from Lock Jaw.
Hostess: The gentlemen are going to do their native dance.
Curly (Curly Howard): I ain’t gonna take my clothes off for anybody.
Hostess: We would like to have you do the Highland Fling.
Moe (Moe Howard): We ain’t much on the Highland Fling, Lady, but sure knock ’em dead with our Lowland Shin.
Hostess: A lowland shin?
Curly (Curly Howard): Yeah, it’s the same as a fan dance, only ya do it in kilts!
Larry (Larry Fine): [to bagpipers] Lay on, MacDuff.
Moe (Moe Howard): Hoot, man.
Larry (Larry Fine): Hoot, man.
Moe (Moe Howard): Hoot.
Curly (Curly Howard): Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Trivia about the Three Stooges short film, Pardon My Scotch
- Moe Howard broke several ribs and suffered a concussion due to performing his own stunt in the scene when he falls from a sawed-in-half table. However, as this was more or less a “one-take” scene, he actually stood up after the fall and finished up the scene. This being said, the scene in the movie is the actual crash that caused the injuries. This shot (along with the rest of this opening) was also re-edited into the 1943 short Dizzy Detectives (1943).
- Larry Fine’s toast at the drugstore (as the Stooges sample their “Breath of Heather” scotch with their new partner) is Yiddish for “drop dead” (“Ver derharget!”).
Cast of characters
- Moe Howard … Moe
- Larry Fine … Larry
- Curly Howard … Curley
- Nat Carr (Naughty But Nice) … Mr. Martin
- James C. Morton (We Want Our Mummy) … J.T. Walton
- Wilson Benge (A Plumbing We Will Go) … Butler #1
- Billy Bletcher (Soup to Nuts) … Customer
- Symona Boniface (G.I. Wanna Home) … Party Guest
- Barlowe Borland (The Hound of the Baskervilles 1939) … Scotsman
- Ettore Campana (A Night at the Opera) … Singer
- Nina Campana (Flying Down to Rio) … Piano Player
- Alec Craig (Stranger on the Third Floor) … Bagpiper
- Scotty Dunsmuir … Scotsman
- Gladys Gale (Violent is the Word for Curly) … Mrs. Martin
- Billy Gilbert (Dizzy Doctors, The Great Dictator) … Sr. Luis Balero Cantino
- Grace Goodall … Mrs. Walton
- George Gray (Phony Express) … Customer
- Pauline High … Party Guest
- William Irving (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Customer
- Delos Jewkes … Party Guest
- William H. O’Brien … Waiter
- Al Thompson (Loco Boy Makes Good) … Jones