Three Loan Wolves (1946)
Director: Jules White
Screenplay: Felix Adler
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard and Harold “Tiny” Brauer
Tagline: Here Today – Pawn Tomorrow
The boys (Larry, Curly and Moe) own a pawn shop and have a young son named Eggbert. Eggbert wants to know which of the Stooges is his real father. So the boys explain that years ago a woman left Eggbert there. She never returned. The story is told in flashback. There’s a subplot with gangsters trying to shake down our guys. This is the first Stooges short where Larry gets center-stage!
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Three Loan Wolves was filmed near the end of Curly’s career. He’d had several small strokes and lost a lot of weight prior to filming. His timing was off and he didn’t have much stamina. By all reports his performances were becoming unpredictable. Director Jules White decided to make Larry the central character for this one. Most of Curly’s lines were then given to Larry. Larry does a, pardon the expression, fine job. It’s bittersweet knowing that the change was due to Curly’s illness.
Harold “Tiny” Brauer is one of two people (the other being Emil Sitka) to work with all six Stooges.
Three Loan Wolves earns 4 of 5 stars.