Three Loan Wolves

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Three Loan Wolves
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Directed by Jules White
Produced byJules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Beverly Warren
Harold Brauer
Jackie Jackson
Joe Palma
Wally Rose
Cinematography George F. Kelley
Edited by Edwin H. Bryant
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 4, 1946 (1946-07-04)(U.S.)
Running time
16:50
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Three Loan Wolves is a 1946 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 93rd 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

Told in flashback, the Stooges tell their son (Jackie Jackson) how he came to have three fathers. The Stooges, owners of a pawn shop, owe money to the Gashouse Protection Society, a bunch of loan sharks. When one of the mobsters comes to their shop to demand money, the Stooges deal with him in their typical Stooge fashion. To complicate matters, a lady (Beverly Warren) leaves a baby in the shop as part of a plan to sell a phony diamond and the Stooges wind up caring for the kid. The lady left the kid there at the suggestion of the mobster the Stooges had just thrown out of their shop.

The Stooges have no idea how to take care of the kid. Soon his crying gets on Moe nerves, and their attempts to stop the kid only end up with Curly giving the baby a gun as a pacifier. Curly assures Moe the gun isn't loaded only to have it fire when he tries to show it is not loaded. The bullet causes a hanging lamp to fall and hit Moe in the head. The baby only stops crying when Curly makes an improvised bottle with milk.

Later, the same mobster shows up with some of his goons to get the money. The trio manage to defeat the crooks and when they finish telling the story, the kid goes off to find his real mother. Moe and Curly blame Larry for the entire mess and decide to punish him.

Production notes

The title is a parody of Columbia's movie series "The Lone Wolf." [1]

This is the eleventh of sixteen Stooge shorts with the word "three" in the title.

The theme reverts to the syncopated, jazzy version of "Three Blind Mice" previously used on Gents Without Cents , Three Pests in a Mess , Booby Dupes and Idiots Deluxe instead of the revamped, 'sliding strings' version used during this period.

A deleted scene with Vernon Dent and John Merton as detectives was filmed but for unknown reasons was cut out of the final film.

This film marks the debut of supporting actor Harold Brauer and it is his only appearance in a Curly film.

Danny Craig was Curly's stand in, Eli Schmuckler was Larry's stand in and Dave Levitt was Moe's stand in.

Curly's illness

Three Loan Wolves was filmed February 27-March 2, 1946, [1] near the end of Curly Howard's career. The 42-year-old comedian had suffered a series of minor strokes several months prior to filming, and his performances had been unpredictable. By the time of Three Loan Wolves, he had lost a considerable amount of weight, and lines had creased his face. Larry Fine and Moe Howard look stocky by comparison.

While director Edward Bernds devised ways to cover Curly's illness, Jules White simply gave most of Curly's lines to Larry. With Three Loan Wolves, White made Larry the main character (his first time in the spotlight since the Stooges' inaugural short for Columbia Pictures in 1934, Woman Haters ), with nearly the entire film revolving around him. Curly also tried desperately to maintain his falsetto voice, but was clearly unable to. Several scenes are heartbreaking to watch, as the once-superstooge had been relegated to an occasional line of dialogue. [2]

Beverly Warren appeared at a 2003 Three Stooges convention in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, and reported that Curly's illness was not discussed on the set. She added that filming was completed at such a rapid pace, she rarely saw Curly or Moe (as she only shared screen time with Larry). [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 "ThreeStooges.net : THREE LOAN WOLVES (1946)". threestooges.net.
  2. Lenburg, Jeff; Howard Maurer, Joan; Lenburg, Greg; (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook, p. 77, Citadel Press. ISBN   0-8065-0946-5
  3. User Oanabay; present at 2003 convention