Three Little Twirps (1943)

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The Three Stooges were still in their prime when this short (the last one of theirs directed by Harry Edwards) was filmed. Larry, Moe and Curly play the most inept poster hangers imaginable and they are caught by their boss just as Curly is tearing his head through one of the posters. It turns out that their pay only consists of tickets to the circus, but when Curly gets his hands on an additional roll, the boys decide to make some cash by selling them at a discount. They are caught by the circus owner and the sheriff, who chase them through the place. Curly winds up in the tent of the bearded lady, who thinks he is her blind date. Then he and Larry hide in a horse costume, which a myopic Chester Conklin mistakes for a real horse that is to be fed to the lions. Ultimately the Stooges are all caught, but instead of sending them to jail, the circus owner hires them to be human targets for the spear-throwing "Sultan of Abudaba." When Curly throws one of the spears back, ! the Sultan (who looks more like a native wildman than a sultan) chases him onto a tightrope. Moe and Larry hold out a net and tell Curly to jump. But the net is actually a paper disc and Curly falls right through, making a deep hole in the ground. Larry and Moe jump in after him, thus eluding their foes.