Gents Without Cents (1944)
Director: Jules White
Screenplay: Felix Adler
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Lindsay Bourquin, Laverne Thompson and Betty Phares.
Tagline: Step by step, inch by inch and wow, what comedy follows!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Larry, Curly and Moe are out of work vaudeville performers working on their act. After several interruptions due to banging on the floor upstairs, they decide to give the noise-makers the what for. The boys are surprised to find three young women dancers who are practicing their routine. Surprisingly the Stooges and the ladies hit it off. The next day they all go to a job interview and get hired! The girls will dance and the Stooges will do comedy. When the main act (Caster & Earl – caster oil) don’t show up, the Stooges get raised into the main act. This could be their big break…
Gents Without Cents is one of my favorite Stooges shorts. It breaks the tradition of them not getting the girls. There is less of them beating each other up and more working together despite being on the wrong end of the smarts spectrum. Plus we get to see them perform, not only the famous Vaudeville act, “Niagara Falls” but also “Rat-tat-toodle-oodle-day-ay”. The women’s performances are fun as well.
The kicker is the final scene… as the Stooges head to their honeymoon at, you guessed it, Niagara Falls!
Gents Without Cents earns 5 of 5 stars.