Three Smart Saps

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Three Smart Saps
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Directed by Jules White
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Produced byDel Lord
Hugh McCollum
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Vernon Dent
Bud Jamison
Sally Cairns
Barbara Slater
Julie Gibson
Frank Coleman
Julie Duncan
John Tyrrell
Victor Travers
Eddie Laughton
Lew Davis
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by Jerome Thoms
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 30, 1942 (1942-07-30)(U.S.)
Running time
16:40
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Three Smart Saps is a 1942 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 64th 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 must get their future father-in-law (John Tyrrell) out of jail. Apparently, the father is a prison warden who has been overthrown and put behind bars by the local mafia. The Stooges manage to sneak into the prison, find the father-in-law to be, and start snapping as many incriminating photos of the mafia's party as possible. As a result, the real crooks are served justice, Williams is readmitted as warden and the Stooges marry their sweethearts.

Production notes

Three Smart Saps was filmed on April 7–10, 1942. This is the seventh of sixteen Stooge shorts with the word "three" in the title. [1] The film's title is a play on the 1936 musical comedy film Three Smart Girls. [2]

The mobster party in prison is decorated with college-sports-style banners for Alcatraz, Joliet, Leavenworth and Sing Sing, all well-known prisons of the day. [3]

The scene featuring Curly's loosely basted suit that comes apart at the seams while he is on the dance floor was a routine borrowed from Harold Lloyd's 1925 film The Freshman . [4]

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References

  1. Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 280. ISBN   9781595800701.
  2. "Three Smart Saps". The Three Stooges Online Filmography.
  3. Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 221–213. ISBN   0-9711868-0-4.
  4. Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 63. ISBN   0-89950-181-8.