July 4 / Prod. No. 4183 / 161/2
m / p Hugh McCollum
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Edward Bernds /
ph Fayte Brown / e
Edwin Bryant / a Charles
Clague / C: Emil Sitka (Phineas Bowman), Kitty McHugh
(Mrs. Magruder, the Landlady), Mickey Simpson (Mr. Rocky Dugan, the
Wrestler) and Dani Sue Nolan (Mrs. Gertie Dugan)
Shemp's rich uncle Phineas Bowman
(worth $6 million) is coming to stay with the Stooges for two weeks.
The Stooges promise Mrs. Magruder, the landlady that with their uncle
coming to town, they will catch up on all of their back rent. The
Stooges get themselves in hot water however, when wife of wrestler
Rocky Dugan (a neighbor), comes over to borrow some sugar. After filling
her request, Shemp escorts her to the door and accidentally trips
tearing her dress completely off. When Rocky Dugan shows up, things
couldn't be much worse. The Stooges attempt to hide Mrs. Dugan in
a trunk, but as always, their disguise is blown quickly and Rocky
gets steamed. He demonstrates his strength by tearing a telephone
book in half. Upon seeing his wife in a torn dress, he decides he
is going to test his strength by tearing three Stooges in half. He
is successfully making his point when uncle Phineas arrives and attempts
to break up the fight. Instead, uncle Phineas gets pummeled along
with the Stooges. That is, until Mrs. Magruder (Uncle Phineas' old
sweetheart) shows up and knocks out Dugan with a vicious right hook.
Uncle Phineas and Mrs. Magruder run along to be wed, and the Stooges
are once again safely out of a Jam.
Did you know that Kitty McHugh came
from a show business family? Her brother Matt also appeared with
The hiding the lady in a trunk gag is also used in Fifi Blows Her
Top (4/10/58) and Laurel and Hardy's Blockheads (1938).