A Snitch in Time (1950)

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The Three Stooges are furniture makers ("Antiques Made While-U-Waite!") in this comic short. The trio, however, spend more time making mayhem than making chairs. After shelling out much abuse to each other, Moe gets a phone call from one of their clients, Miss Scudder (pretty Columbia comic foil Jean Willes), who runs a boarding house. The Stooges are overdue on her order, and Moe insists that it will be done that very same day. They show up at her house a little later, only to discover that they need to re-stain the furniture. While the boys are doing this -- and staining Moe and their lunch in the process -- the plot thickens; the new boarders at Miss Scudder's place are a trio of crooks who have just robbed a jewelry store. When they find out that Miss Scudder has some valuable heirlooms, they rob her, too. The Stooges discover the crooks' presence and a battle ensues. Eventually the police arrive, and with Shemp's help -- and a well-placed hot iron courtesy of Miss Scudder -- the bad guys are captured. This is a particularly violent Stooges short for director Edward Bernds; usually it was Jules White who went in for this type of knock-down, drag-out stuff.