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3 Dumb Clucks is the 22nd short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

Plot Edit

The Stooges are in jail when their mother sends them a letter. The letter states that their father (Curly Howard, pulling double duty as both himself and his father) has just become rich via an oil well and is planning to leave their mother and marry young gold digging blonde Daisy (Lucille Lund). The Stooges break out of jail and set off to try to stop the wedding. But since Curly and his father look exactly alike, Daisy ends up marrying the wrong man. The Stooges manage to escape the clutches of the criminals trying to kill them for their father's oil money, and rescue their father, by literally "dragging" him home to Ma.

Curly's Injury Edit

During the scene where Curly's father arrives for his wedding, two of the gold digger's henchmen dispose of him by throwing him down an elevator shaft. The prop men had padded the bottom of the shaft to cushion Curly's fall, but neglected to cover a protruding 2" x 4" panel. Curly was thrown down the shaft quickly, and landed head-first on the 2" x 4", tearing his scalp open. As the Stooges were workhorses at Columbia Pictures, Curly was not taken to the hospital. Instead, the studio physician was rushed to the set to apply several stitches to Curly's scalp. Some fresh hair was glued over the wound, and with a healthy dose of painkillers, the slightly wobbily Stooge was back in action within a few hours. The patch can clearly be seen in the scene where Curly is trying on hats.

Notes Edit

  • 3 Dumb Clucks is a send-up of the feature film Three Smart Girls.
  • Of the sixteen Stooge shorts using the word "three" in the title, 3 Dumb Clucks is the only one to use the number "3".
  • 3 Dumb Clucks was reworked in 1953 as Up in Daisy's Penthouse, using minimal stock footage from the original.

Goofs Edit

In the scene where the stooges are trying to break out of jail, Larry tries to get the oil canister to work and it squirts into Moe's face. The rubber hose used to shoot the water out of the nozzle can be seen running down Moe's right sleeve.

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