Three Little Twirps

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Three Little Twirps
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Directed by Harry Edwards
Written by Monte Collins
Elwood Ullman
Produced byDel Lord
Hugh McCollum
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Stanley Blystone
Chester Conklin
Bud Jamison
Heinie Conklin
Al Thompson
Duke York
Cinematography John Stumar
Edited by Paul Borofsky
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 9, 1943 (1943-07-09)(U.S.)
Running time
15:27
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Three Little Twirps is a 1943 short subject directed by Harry Edwards starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 71st entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

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Plot

The Stooges are poster hangers who manage to destroy one of the main posters when Moe pushed Curly into the poster just as their boss Herman (Stanley Blystone) comes by to check on them and they just got fired. The boys soon realize that their pay consists of tickets to the circus, but when Curly finds a huge roll of tickets, the trio start scalping them at discount price. After that they pursued by two men who wanted to arrest them for selling tickets for even money which is against the law, Curly destroys the Bearded lady (which she is a Circus freak) and he and Larry disguise themselves as a horse which Curly always loves to impersonate. After being caught by the circus owner (Herman as well) and the local sheriff (Bud Jamison) who was about to take them to prison forever, Herman decides to hire the Stooges as human targets for the spear-throwing "Sultan of Abudaba" (Duke York) but however they managed to escape from the Spear thrower by jumping into a crater Curly created after he fell from the high wire.

Production notes

Three Little Twirps was filmed on August 3–7, 1942. It is the eighth of sixteen Stooge shorts with the word "three" in the title. [1]

Three Little Twirps was the second and last Stooge film directed by Harry Edwards. Plagued with alcoholism, Edwards developed a reputation at Columbia Pictures as the studio's worst director. Having previously directed the laborious 1942 effort Matri-Phony — which took over three weeks to complete (the regular shooting schedule was 3-4 consecutive days) — the Stooges decided they had enough and requested never to work with him again. [2] Three Little Twirps was reworked of 1939’s At The Circus starring The Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx. Chico Marx and Harpo Marx) release by MGM (after they departure from RKO and return the act at MGM).

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References

  1. Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 245. ISBN   0-9711868-0-4.
  2. Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 214. ISBN   0-89950-181-8.