Corny Casanovas (1952)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 48 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Like many Three Stooges comedies, this one seems to be divided into two parts: the first one involves the inept trio cleaning their house and looking forward to the day when they'll be married and have wives to do all the domestic chores (a politically incorrect statement now, but a typical attitude in the 1950s). Their attempts to fix up their home are predictably disastrous -- Shemp hammers a nail in the wall with the butt of a loaded gun (Moe's hair gets a new part), and when they reupholster a davenport, Moe winds up with a buttload of tacks -- then he swallows a mouthful. Larry and Shemp desperately try to remove them -- "They won't come out," says Larry. "Maybe they're income tax," replies Shemp. There's a reason for all this hard work -- the boys are all engaged and they want to impress their girls. The only problem is that, unbeknownst to them, it's the same girl (Connie Cezan) -- a cynical gold digger. One by one, the boys show up at her door with diamond engagement rings and they get the same treatment -- "I knew you were coming, so I baked you a cake," the girl says before hustling them into another room before the next Stooge shows up. Eventually the boys all find out about each other and a fight ensues -- need it be said that the girl winds up with a faceful of cake? While she's changing, the Stooges knock each other senseless, and she breezes by them out the door. This short was remade with Joe Besser in Shemp's place as 1957's Rusty Romeos.

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