“Don’t Throw That Knife” (1951)
Director: Jules White
Writer: Felix Adler
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Jean Wiles and Dick Curtis.
Tagline: The nonsense kings take the census – the hard way
The boys are census takers. They get to the apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Wykoff, a famous knife-throwing act. The husband isn’t home but the wife is. The boys barge in to ask her census questions. She warns them that they must get out of the apartment because her husband is insanely jealous. He would kill any man caught alone with her. And wouldn’t you kn0w it, just then, they hear the husband coming through the door. Let the festivities begin!
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
The boys: “What does your husband do?” Mrs. Wykoff: “He’s a magician. He makes things disappear.” Shemp: “I got an uncle who can make things disappear.” Moe: “Is he a magician?” Shemp: “No. He’s a kleptomaniac.”
The best scene is when the husband finds his wife is hiding a man… no, two men… wait, three men!! (And the nonsense that follows.)
“Don’t Throw That Knife” (1951) rates 3 of 5 stars.