He Cooked His Goose (1952)
Director: Jules White
Screenplay: Felix Adler
Stars: Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Diana Darrin
Tagline: The boys need rumpus room when the love ‘n’ laughter bug bites them!
Larry is a pet shop owner and a womanizer. He’s having an affair with Moe’s wife at the same time trying to start a romance with Shemp’s girl! When Moe shows up at the pet shop, Larry says, it’s Shemp who’s trying to make time with Moe’s wife. Moe leaves ready to give Shemp a beating.
Larry quickly hires Shemp as a door to door underwear salesmen. Larry sends Shemp to Moe’s house to model underwear for Moe’s wife. Larry then calls Shemp’s girl and tells her that Shemp’s with another woman. Moe’s on his way home. Shemp’s girl is on the way as well. What could go wrong?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
He Cooked His Goose is one of the rare Stooges shorts where the boys aren’t brothers, partners or a team. It is also one of the few where Larry has the lead. Larry as a lady’s man is funny enough, but add Shemp as an underwear model and things really take off.
He Cooked His Own Goose earns 4 of 5 stars.