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Shemp: [after nearly bumping into Moe and Larry] Boy, if I hadn't ducked, we would have collided sure. What a narrow escape. [stands up and knocks over the dishes being held above him]

Malice in the Palace

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Malice in the Palace (1949) starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Vernon Dent

Synopsis of Malice in the Palace

Malice in the Palace is set in a desert land where the Three Stooges run a restaurant. There, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded with the contraband jewel. They journey to the stronghold of Shmo where they disguise as Santa Clauses and scare the ruler into giving them the diamond.

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The Three Stooges - Moe - Larry - Curly - Movie Maniacs - Columbia Pictures - scream fun with the hollywoodenheads!

Movie Maniacs

Movie Maniacs (1936) starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard Larry Fine, Curly Howard)

Synopsis of Movie Maniacs

Movie Maniacs, the Three Stooges’ 13th Columbia short, spoofs movie-making and, as Moe puts it, the thousands who know nothing about making them. It also gives us a wonderful chance to see a vaudeville routine with Curly in drag and Larry as the debonair suitor.  Not to mention Moe’s method of teaching acting by having Larry and Curly manipulate a couple of actors like hand puppets.

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Curly and Moe in Dr. D. Lerious' (Vernon Dent's) office

From Nurse to Worse

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From Nurse to Worse (1940) starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Vernon Dent

In From Nurse to Worse, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard) are inept painters who run into their old friend Jerry, an insurance salesman (Lynton Brent). Jerry entices them to engage in insurance fraud — he promises them that if they take out a policy on Curly, proving that he has gone insane, they can collect $500 a month.

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Slippery Silks - Curly, Moe and Larry as inept carpenters

Slippery Silks

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Slippery Silks (1936) starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard) and Vernon Dent

Slippery Silks begins with a photograph of the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard) dressed as young children, which a lawyer is trying to use, with the help of the police, to find these three nephews of a recently-deceased man. “That’s the only photograph we could find among his effects.  The old man died very suddenly.”  “Probably took a look at the picture and couldn’t stand the shock.”  It turns out that the Three Stooges have inherited a “swanky dress shop.” In the meantime, those three missing nephews are working as “artistic woodworkers” where the rich Mr. Morgan (played by Three Stooges regular Vernon Dent) is bringing his $50,000 ornate box from a museum,  to have a duplicate made.  The inevitable destruction of that poor little Chinese box is hilarious, slowly building up to a crescendo of slapstick, and is the highlight of the film.

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The Three Stooges as fire fighters

False Alarms

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False Alarms (1936) starring the Three Stooges

In False Alarms the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard) are inept firefighters, who have once again missed the fire alarm, and they’re about to be fired by their long-suffering fire chief, (Stanley Blystone) when they beg and grovel their way to one last chance. No sooner do they get their last chance than Curly decides to sneak out of the firehouse to visit his girlfriend … who has dates for Larry and Moe as well.

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