My Favorite Three Stooges Programs

by hackraytex | created - 10 Jul 2017 | updated - 10 Jul 2017 | Public

There was never a slapstick comedy act like The Three Stooges. Moe, Curly, and Shemp Howard; Larry Fine, Joe DiRita, and (yes) Joe Besser. Even today when they are mentioned, people often react with a chuckle. Some people say they did not measure up to such acts as The Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Lewis and Martin, Laurel and Hardy and many others but The Three Stooges were in a class of their own who often did not get the recognition and credit that they should have gotten until after the deaths of Curly and Shemp and toward the end of the careers of the others. Rest in peace for a job well done.

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1. Punch Drunks (1934)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Curly is a waiter at a diner where Larry has a job playing music. Moe is a fight manager enjoying a lunch break with his boys. The manager of the diner starts shoving Curly around. Larry ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Breslow | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Granger

Votes: 1,157

2. Three Little Pigskins (1934)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

The stooges are mistaken by a gangster for the "Three Horsemen of Boulder Dam", famous football players. Hired to play for his team, they blow the big game and get it in the end. Lucille Ball has a nice part as a gun moll.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Lucille Ball

Votes: 844

3. Men in Black (1934)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges become doctors at a large hospital where they disrupt patients and staff alike.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Carmen Andre

Votes: 1,124

4. Restless Knights (1935)

17 min | Short, Comedy

Set in Medieval times, the stooges learn they are of royal blood and vow to save the kingdom. They become the queen's royal guards but are sentenced to die when the queen is abducted on the... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Geneva Mitchell

Votes: 511

5. Pop Goes the Easel (1935)

20 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are down and out. With a cop chasing them, they flee into an artists studio where they are mistaken for students. The cop continues to hunt for them and they use a variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bobby Burns

Votes: 672

6. Pardon My Scotch (1935)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are running the local drugstore and mix up a potion that a desperate businessman decides to sell as scotch. The stooges impersonate Scotsmen at party to fool the prospective ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Nat Carr

Votes: 559

7. Hoi Polloi (1935)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Short

A professor plays Pygmalion to three bumbling garbagemen and tries to turn them into gentlemen.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Gail Arnold

Votes: 738

8. Three Little Beers (1935)

Approved | 17 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

The stooges are inept deliverymen at a brewery. When they learn about a company golf tournament, they sneak onto a golf course to get some practice. They quickly proceed to bother the other... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bud Jamison

Votes: 694

9. Ants in the Pantry (1936)

Approved | 17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are pest exterminators who drum up business by planting vermin in a ritzy mansion where a party is going on. They are hired, but must pose as guests to work unobserved. They ... See full summary »

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Clara Kimball Young

Votes: 576

10. Movie Maniacs (1936)

18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges arrive in Hollywood hoping to make it in the movie business ("There must be a couple a hundred guys in Hollywood who don't know anything about making movies, three more ain't ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Mildred Harris

Votes: 518

11. Disorder in the Court (1936)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Nick Baskovitch

Votes: 1,745

12. A Pain in the Pullman (1936)

Approved | 20 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are small time actors traveling by train to an engagement. Along with their pet monkey, they manage to spoil the trip for quite a few of the other passengers including the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Loretta Andrews

Votes: 497

13. False Alarms (1936)

18 min | Comedy, Short

Three inept firemen try to avoid being fired by their increasingly exasperated chief.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Beatrice Blinn

Votes: 519

14. Slippery Silks (1936)

Approved | 18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are carpenters who inherit a fancy dress boutique. They put on a fashion show with dresses they've designed based on furniture. During the show the owner of a antique box the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Loretta Andrews

Votes: 424

15. Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937)

Not Rated | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Although circumstances force an over-matched Curly into a wrestling ring against a superior opponent, a spectator's perfume proves to be his secret weapon.

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bob Callahan

Votes: 557

16. 3 Dumb Clucks (1937)

Not Rated | 17 min | Comedy, Short

The Stooges escape from jail in order to save their father from gangsters and a beautiful gold-digger.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Frank Austin

Votes: 472

17. Back to the Woods (1937)

Not Rated | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Western

A 17th Century English judge orders three miscreants to defend the new British colonies in New England against its residential Native Americans.

Director: Jack White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Beatrice Curtis

Votes: 439

18. Cash and Carry (1937)

Not Rated | 18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges find a crippled boy and his sister living in their dumpyard shack. To raise money to pay for the little boys operation they buy a phony treasure map from a con man. Thinking the... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Sonny Bupp

Votes: 440

19. Playing the Ponies (1937)

Passed | 15 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

The stooges are cheated into trading their restaurant for Thunderbolt, a washed up race horse, and enter the horse racing industry. When Curly feeds Thunderbolt some chili pepperinos, he ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 411

20. The Sitter Downers (1937)

Not Rated | 16 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are suitors who go on a sit down strike when their prospective father-in-law refuses to consent the marriages. The strike wins them fame and they receive numerous gifts ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Charles Dorety

Votes: 432

21. Termites of 1938 (1938)

Not Rated | 18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are pest exterminators, mistakenly hired by a rich lady looking for an escort to a fancy society party. The stooges wreck the fancy mansion where the party is taking place and ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Beatrice Blinn

Votes: 408

22. Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938)

Not Rated | 18 min | Comedy, Short

Three bumbling gas station attendants are mistaken for college professors arriving from Germany to teach at a prestigious women's college.

Director: Charley Chase | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Samuel Adams

Votes: 674

23. Flat Foot Stooges (1938)

Approved | 16 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are firemen at a station that still uses horses to pull the engines. A salesman who wants to sell the chief some modern equipment plants gun powder in one of the engines. The ... See full summary »

Director: Charley Chase | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dick Curtis

Votes: 378

24. Mutts to You (1938)

Approved | 18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges, professional dog washers, find a baby on a doorstep and, thinking it to be abandoned, take it home. When they read in the paper the baby is believed to have been kidnapped, ... See full summary »

Director: Charley Chase | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bess Flowers

Votes: 396

25. Three Little Sew and Sews (1939)

19 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are sailors working in a ships' tailor shop. When they can't get passes to go ashore, they steal officers uniforms and go to a party with Curly passing himself off as Admiral ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Phyllis Barry

Votes: 360

26. A Ducking They Did Go (1939)

17 min | Comedy, Short

Con men hire the Stooges to sell memberships to a phony duck hunting club.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Lynton Brent

Votes: 464

27. Calling All Curs (1939)

18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges run a pet hospital and get an important patient, Garcon, a rich ladies poodle. When dognappers posing as reporters steal the poodle, the boys are in a tough spot. First they try... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Beatrice Blinn

Votes: 422

28. You Nazty Spy! (1940)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, War

In a country, munitions manufacturers maneuver a wallpaper hanger to become dictator with his compatriots as his personal staff.

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Don Beddoe

Votes: 746

29. A Plumbing We Will Go (1940)

18 min | Comedy, Short

To escape the police, the Stooges pose as plumbers contracted to fix a mansion's plumbing, which inevitably causes destructive chaos.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Wilson Benge

Votes: 891

30. Nutty But Nice (1940)

18 min | Comedy, Short

Three bumbling waiters try to help a clinically depressed little girl by locating her kidnapped father.

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Lynton Brent

Votes: 374

31. How High Is Up? (1940)

Approved | 17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are the 'Minute Menders', three tinkers who live under their car. The boys decide to drum up some business by punching holes in the unattended lunch boxes of some workmen. When ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 406

32. No Census, No Feeling (1940)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges get jobs as census takers and wind up in a fancy mansion looking for people to survey. Moe and Larry are recruited to join a bridge game, while Curly adds Alum to the lemonade. ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 485

33. Boobs in Arms (1940)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, War

The stooges are greeting card salesmen who are mistakenly inducted into the army after escaping from the jealous husband of one of their customers. In bootcamp their sergeant turns out to ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Richard Fiske

Votes: 448

34. So Long Mr. Chumps (1941)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are street cleaners who find some valuable bonds and return them to their owner. The man is so grateful that he offers them a big reward if they can find an honest man with ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Appleby

Votes: 331

35. Dutiful But Dumb (1941)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are photographers for Whack magazine ("If it's a good picture it's out of Whack") who, after messing up an assignment, are sent to the country of Vulgaria to get a picture of a ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Eddie Acuff

Votes: 414

36. In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941)

18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are convicts about to be executed for some murders they didn't commit. The day before the execution they are tricked into marrying three rich girls who need husbands to collect ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Appleby

Votes: 454

37. An Ache in Every Stake (1941)

18 min | Short, Comedy

The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several cakes that a wealthy man is trying to bring home. When their antics cause the servants... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Wilson Benge

Votes: 459

38. Three Smart Saps (1942)

Approved | 17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are engaged to the three daughters of a prison warden. When they learn that some crooks have taken over the prison and their prospective father-in-law has been locked up, they ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Julie Gibson

Votes: 357

39. Even as IOU (1942)

16 min | Comedy, Short

A destitute mother and child move into the stooge's vacant lot home and the boys decide to help them. They steal the kids piggy bank and sneak into the race track. They bet on a long shot ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Ruth Skinner

Votes: 255

40. They Stooge to Conga (1943)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, War

The stooges are repairmen who get a job fixing the doorbell in large house which is the secret headquarters of some Nazi spies. They manage to ruin most of the house while working on the ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 392

41. Dizzy Detectives (1943)

Approved | 18 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are carpenters who become policemen. A mysterious burglar disguised as a gorilla has the cops baffled and Mr. Dill, the head of the citizens league, threatening the police ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dick Botiller

Votes: 441

42. Spook Louder (1943)

Unrated | 17 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

The stooges are salesman selling a weight reducing machine. They have no luck until they show up at the house of an eccentric inventor where they are hired as caretakers. When the scientist... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Stanley Blystone

Votes: 435

43. Three Pests in a Mess (1945)

15 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are three inventors trying to a get a patent on their preposterous fly catching invention. When they learn they'll have to catch 100,000 flies to earn enough to get a patent, ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Christine McIntyre

Votes: 310

44. If a Body Meets a Body (1945)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Curly learns that he is named in the will of his rich uncle, so the boys head for the uncle's mansion to attend the reading of the will. They arrive on a dark and stormy night only to find ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Theodore Lorch

Votes: 446

45. Hold That Lion! (1947)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are tricked out of their inheritance by Icabob Slipp, a crooked lawyer. The boys follow Slipp onto a passenger train and corner him, but not before they accidentally let a lion ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Kenneth MacDonald

Votes: 419

46. The Hot Scots (1948)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges apply for job as 'Yard Men' at Scotland Yard, thinking they'll become detectives, but instead wind up as gardeners. When they learn that detectives are need to guard a Scottish ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Herbert Evans

Votes: 315