Tassels in the Air is the 30th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges; its title is a play on the old expression, "Building castles in the air," i.e. dreaming of achieving the impossible. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

Many of the gags used in the table painting scene would be reused by Moe, Larry, and Shemp in their unsold television 1949 pilot Jerks of All Trades, which, coincidentally, also featured Symona Boniface. The gags would be recycled again the following year in A Snitch in Time.


The Stooges are inept janitors who stencil the wrong occupation names on the doors of their office building. As a result, their janitors' room is labeled as belonging to Omay, a famous interior decorator. Mrs. Smirch (Bess Flowers), who wants to hire Omay to redecorate her house, mistakes Moe for the real Omay, having just heard him so identify himself—only because he is trying to teach pig Latin to Curly. The Stooges agree to do the job and proceed to make a mess of Mrs. Smirch's house.