Gents Without Cents (1944)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |  
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Columbia's shorts producer (and sometime Stooges director), Jules White, was especially fired up with the patriotic spirit during World War II. Like many Three Stooges comedies made in the early '40s, this one has quite a number of references to the war. It begins with the boys working on their skit -- the famous "slowly I turned, step by step..." routine. But they can't complete it because of the banging that is going on upstairs. They charge up there to harangue the noisemakers only to find themselves face to face with three lovely acrobatic dancers, Mary, Flo and Shirley (the trio Lindsay, Laverne and Betty). The girls accompany the Stooges while they audition for agent Manny Wells, who sends them over to the Noazark Shipbuilding Company to entertain the defense workers. They do all of the Niagara Falls skit (and it's interesting to note that Larry clearly flubs a line), but then Wells gets word that the headliners, Castor and Earl have canceled. The Stooges and the girls offer to take their place and save the day. Wells is so grateful he offers to send the boys to Broadway -- but the girls won't let them go until they get hitched. The last scene finds them all on their honeymoon, headed for -- Niagara Falls.



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