Three Pests in a Mess (1945)
Director: Del Lord
Screenplay: Del Lord
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Christine McIntyre, Vernon Dent and ‘Snub’ Pollard
Tagline: Three screwballs on the loose!
Larry, Curly and Moe are inventors who become enamoured with a gold digger who thinks the boys are loaded. When she finds out they’re not, she calls in her partners to rough up the boys. While making their escape Curly accidently shoots a mannequin. Thinking that Curly has killed a man, the boys put the “body” in a bag and take it to a cemetery to bury it. What could go wrong?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Three Pests in a Mess is another Stooges classic. Curly’s interactions with the gold digger and his shirt “preparedness” are priceless. The cemetery scenes at night with Larry, Curly, Moe and the folks from the masquerade party (A devil, skeleton, and mad magician) are classic. Curly shines when carrying the bag containing the mannequin and with each step he takes gets slapped in the head by the mannequin’s hand. Three Pests in a Mess is another great example of how comedy and “horror” work so well together.
Three Pests in a Mess earns 5 of 5 stars.