Three Dark Horses (1952)

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1952 was a presidential election year, and it's no surprise that politics wound up as the subject of this Three Stooges short. Here the boys are janitors-turned-delegates. Corrupt campaign manager Bill Wick (Kenneth MacDonald) and his assistant (Ben Welden) need to replace three delegates who refuse to vote for their man, Hammond Egger (we never see him in the film, but the photos on the posters are of Vernon Dent). When the Stooges enter and create a worse mess than when they came in, Wick knows he has found his men. So the Stooges are off to the convention, but even they realize that Egger is rotten, and they throw their votes to Abel Lamb Stewer (who, judging from the posters, is a real sheep). After an interlude with a roast turkey that seemingly comes to life when a parrot crawls into its cavity (a joke used several times throughout the Stooges' Columbia career), they head back to the convention floor. When Wick finds out that his new boys have double-crossed him, he and his assistant head over to the Stooges' hotel room -- with disastrous results.