Tassels in the Air (1938)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Three Stooges short was one of a handful directed by comedian Charley Chase. While the trio's films with Chase were no less funny than the ones they made with Jules White or any of the other directors in the Columbia shorts department, though the violence was toned down in favor of other types of visual humor. This comedy in particular shows Chase's more subtle touch. It opens up with a nouveau riche couple -- before coming into money, the husband (Bud Jamison) was a mailman. That doesn't dampen the wife's social aspirations; she believes that by getting famed interior designer Omay to do their home, they may just wind up in "Who's Who." Omay's offices, unfortunately for him, happen to be located in the office building where the Stooges are working as janitors; although, at the moment, Curly and Larry are playing checkers on the floor with paint cans. Because of a mix-up, the ambitious society wife believes Moe is Omay (which actually is "Moe" in Pig Latin), and the Stooges wind up in her mansion. They start off by painting over a Louis XVI table and disaster follows upon disaster. During a card game thrown by the matron, it is revealed that her friend was getting a commission from Omay, who believes that the Stooges have stolen the assignment from him by offering her a bigger piece of the pie. The wife's three friends leave in a huff, and when the Stooges try to douse them with paint, the cans fall on their own heads instead.

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janitor, mistaken-identity