Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Three Stooges strike it rich -- at least temporarily -- in this comic short. While Moe and Larry are playing cards (using pancakes as chips), Curly is trying to come up with a winning slogan for a radio contest involving Stickfast glue. The only result of his efforts is that Moe accidentally glues his mouth shut. But Curly does win fifty thousand dollars from Coffin Nail Cigarettes and they boys are in the money. Dressed in tuxedos, they check into the Hotel Costa Plenty, where the manager has the misfortune of putting them in the same room as a five thousand dollar Ming vase, and a bed that dates back to Henry VIII (they're more used to Sears Roebuck the third). Needless to say, both items wind up thoroughly destroyed. To their relief, the Stooges receive the telegram containing the prize money -- but after taxes it only amounts to $4.85. The suspicious manager plants a hotel detective (Bud Jamison) outside their door as the boys plot an escape. Meanwhile, down the hall, three scheming women are plotting to nab the supposedly rich Stooges. After they've tricked marriage proposals out of the boys, they find the telegram. While the hotel manager is on his way up the fire escape to catch the Stooges, the girls storm over to their suite and knock them out with a trio of empty champagne bottles. This picture was remade with Shemp Howard in 1952 as A Missed Fortune.

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con/scam, contest, girlfriend, golddigger, greed, lottery, winner