Three Missing Links (1938)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

In this Three Stooges comedy, the boys wind up starring in a big movie. First, of course, they start off on the low end of the blue-collar scale -- they're janitors for a movie studio. B.O. Botswaddle, president of Super Terrific Productions, is looking for a co-star for his temperamental leading lady (Jane Hamilton) when the Stooges arrive to clean his office. They create so much havoc that Botswaddle fires them. The boys beg desperately for another chance and it turns out they are aspiring actors. To prove it, Curly does his imitation of a "chicken with its head cut off." His comic contortions (actually a series of his classic moves, including spinning around on the floor) impress Botswaddle, who decides Curly is the "missing link." Moe and Larry are -- what else? -- Neanderthal cave men. They are hired for the film and travel to the African location for shooting. The Stooges run afoul of a Dr. Ba Loni Sulami, a cannibalistic medicine man -- but not before Curly purchases some "love candy" from him in hopes of impressing the leading lady. The candy does wind up serving a useful purpose, while Curly, dressed as a gorilla, is getting ready for his scene, a real gorilla shows up and terrorizes the film crew. Curly eats some of the "love candy" and becomes passionately amorous towards the gorilla. This scares the big ape, who runs off in a panic.