The Three Stooges, The Collection 1949-1951

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The Three Stooges, The Collection 1949-1951 is a comedy collection of the skit act The Three Stooges. The collection is the sixth in a series of Stooges collections that looks at the Stooges during the later time in their career. The collection is intended as a historical preservation pieces that is meant to document post war broadcast television, and the series also looks at a comedy act that changed both television and humor forever.

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
1 Season, 24 Episodes
February 3, 1949
The Three Stooges, The Collection 1949-1951

The Three Stooges, The Collection 1949-1951 Full Episode Guide

  • Vagabond Loafers (1949): The Stooges unleash a flood of laughter as plumbers hired to fix the leakypipes during a pompous high society party.

  • The Stooges graduate from dental school and go out west to open a practice. Everything goes well until Shemp "cures" an outlaw's toothache from the instructions in a carpentry book, and the boys must leave on the run.

  • The Stooges are stagehands who also have small parts in a big play. They quickly get on the bad side of the producer. First they fail to prevent a famous critic from sneaking into the audience. Then Shemp accidentally adds a potholder into a cake they bake as a prop. During the play the Stooges (as southern gentlemen) and the rest of the cast spit up feathers during what was supposed to be a serious scene. The critic thinks it's a hilarious satire and the boys are redeemed.

  • The Stooges are hired by a movie studio as publicity men. Their first assignment is to get publicity for Dolly Devore, a pretty starlet. They fake a kidnapping, but the cops won't believe their story. Then the girl is really kidnapped and the Stooges must come to the rescue. Shemp winds up hanging out a tenth story window on an extending telephone.

  • The Stooges are carpenters who are re-staining some furniture they've delivered to a boarding house. The plot gets complicated when the boys confront some crooks who are hiding out there. They defeat the bad guys with the help of the varnished furniture, which sticks the head crook to a chair.

  • The Stooges are investigators for the Onion Oil Company. The company's service stations are being robbed by a gang of crooks, so the boys pose as gas station attendants to capture the bad guys.

  • The Stooges are artists who want to marry their models; "Moella", "Larraine", and "Shempetta". The girls' father doesn't approve, so the Stooges tickle him into submission.

  • Shemp is a sick man, suffering from hallucinations. His worst vision is that his ugly nurse Nora is actually beautiful. When Moe and Larry come to take him home from the sanitarium, they discover he's become engaged to Nora. On the way to Nora's apartment for the wedding, the boys get in a fight with a stranger who promises to get even with them if he ever sees them again. They arrive to finding Nora waiting for her father, who, when he arrives, turns out to be the man they just fought with.

  • Set in the old west, the Stooges are three soldiers assigned to go undercover and spy on an outlaw gang that's terrorizing a nearby town. The bad guys have the Arizona Kid locked up, so the boys set about rescuing him with the help of beautiful Nell, his girl. They free the kid, and he rides to summon help. The Stooges, with the help of Nell, manage to subdue the bad guys before the kid arrives with the cavalry.

  • The Stooges are pest exterminators who drum up business by planting vermin in a ritzy mansion where a party is going on. The boys are hired, but must dress as guests to work unobserved. They disrupt the party and a wild pie fight ensues. [Basically a remake of "Ants in the Pantry".]

  • Set in the old west, the Stooges are mistaken for lawmen and manage to capture a gang of crooks. The boys then get the job of guarding some money in an old house reputed to be haunted by the ghost of an Indian Chief. The crooks escape and go after the money disguised as ghosts, but Shemp, disguised as the Indian Chief, manages to knock them out.

  • The Stooges are dance instructors sent by a movie company to a tropical island to teach the natives how to dance so they can appear in a movie. The boys run into trouble with the local witch doctor who wants to add their heads to his collection. The Stooges defeat the witch doctor with hand grenades they swipe from a multi-armed idol, and get on with the dancing lessons.

  • The Stooges run a furniture store and come into possession of a stolen pearl necklace. Three crooked dames convince the boys that the necklace is theirs, and when the real thieves arrive, the Stooges fight to defend the girl's property. The Stooges defeat the bad guys and the girls decide to go honest and return the necklace to its rightful owner.

  • The Stooges are tricked into becoming stowaways by their neighbor "Borscht", a spy for an enemy country. Stranded on a freighter on the high seas, they discover that their friend has concealed some stolen microfilm in watermelons they brought aboard for him. After a wild chase, they subdue Borscht and recover the microfilm.

  • Dopey Dicks (1949): It's mindless fun at its best when the Stooges meet a mad scientist in search of a human brain for his headless mechanical man.

  • The Stooges become census takers and wind up in the apartment of a lady whose husband is both jealous and a knife thrower. When the husband arrives home, the boys try to hide, but are discovered, and after dodging some knives, leave on the run.

  • The Stooges are facing eviction and decide to raise some money by becoming baby-sitters. Their first client is a women separated from her husband, who entrusts her son "Junior" to the boys' care. When the husband steals the baby, the Stooges set out to find their missing charge and return him to his mother. The boys confront the husband and find Junior, and in the process the estranged couple is re-united.

  • The Stooges are private detectives looking for a missing millionaire. They wander around the millionaire's spooky mansion confronting various crooks and a dangerous dame. The Stooges vanquish the crooks (Shemp uses his "trusty shovel") and find the missing man.

  • Set in a desert land where the Stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded with the contraband jewel. They journey to the stronghold of Shmo where they disguise as Santa Clauses and scare the ruler into giving them the diamond.

  • The Stooges reminisce about the girls they met overseas while in the military. As they wait for the girls' ship to arrive, they get drunk and Shemp winds up asleep with his feet in a tub of cement. After sobering up, they free Shemp with a dynamite blast that lands them at the dock where their sweethearts are waiting.

  • The Stooges are carpet layers working in the home of a scientist, Professor Sneed, who has invented a super rocket fuel. Larry is mistaken for the professor by foreign agents who kidnap the trio and take them to the country of Anemia where they are ordered to produce the rocket fuel or be executed. The boys come up with a concoction they try to pass of as the real stuff, but are exposed when the real professor and his daughter are also kidnapped. The Stooges help them escape, using their secret formula to fuel a jeep.

  • The Stooges are movers for an express company and on a rainy night are sent to move some junk, including a suit of armor, from a spooky old house. The armor is haunted by the ghost of Peeping Tom, who has no intention of leaving. The ghost foils the Stooges attempts to take the armor, until Lady Godiva shows up and the two ride off together.