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Sep. 11 / Prod. No. 4095 / 161/2
m / p Hugh McCollum
/ d Ed Bernds / st scr
Clyde Bruckman / ad Carter
DeHaven, Jr. / ph Vincent Farrar / e
Henry DeMond / a Charles
Clague / C: Dee Dee Green (Fanny Dunkelmier), Christine
McIntyre (Lulu Hopkins), Emil Sitka (J.M. Benton, Justice of the Peace),
B. Edney (Moe's Stand-In), Harold Breen (Shemp's Stand-In), J. Murphy
(Larry's Stand-In), Nancy Saunders and Doris Colleen (Old Girl Friends)
Shemp is a vocal instructor who
has just been given word that he will inherit a half million dollars.
However, there is a catch...he has only 48 hours to get married (a
stipulation in his dead Uncle's will). With only seven hours left
in which to find the perfect mate, Shemp gets on the horn to call
some of his ex-girlfriends only to be met with instant rejection every
with every attempt. With time running short and desperation setting
in, Shemp proposes to Fanny Dunkelmier. Fanny, a very homely woman,
simply adores her little Shempy-Poo, who accepts his offer for marriage
immediately. Moe and Larry rush Shemp to the Justice of the Peace,
where Shemp gets involved in a melee with all of his ex-girlfriends.
It seems that word somehow got out on the half a mil, and now Shemp's
proposal offers are seemingly more alluring to all involved. Following
an elaborate slugfest, Shemp gets married to his one true love...Fanny,
and receives his legacy with only seconds to spare.
In the Justice of the Peace segment,
rubber hands were substituted for piano wires, and Moe and Larry
wore shin guards under their trousers during the brawl with Shemp's
Due to a clerical error on the part
of a Columbia Pictures employee in the licensing department, this
short film somehow was overlooked at renewal time. As a result,
it became a part of the Public Domain along with "Disorder
in the Court," "Malice in the Palace" and "Sing
a Song of Six Pants". Once a film is in Public Domain, anyone,
anywhere can use it for whatever purpose they see fit. Because of
the error, the 4 short films have been sold and re-sold using numerous
packaging ideas by numerous "Mom & Pop" video &
After taking a bird cage to the cranium,
Emil Sitka administers one of the most famous lines of his career
in "Hold hands you lovebirds!" Emil played a character
actor in 35 different Three Stooges short films, but was most famous
for his part as J.M. Benton in Brideless Groom.
the Official Emil Sitka Website HERE.
Love and Learn FN: Footage
used in Husbands Beware (1/5/56). Plot derived from Seven
Chances (1925), with Buster Keaton, co-written by Clyde Bruckman.