The Three Stooges Show

Season 23 Episode 7

Scheming Schemers

Aired Daily 6:00 PM Oct 04, 1956 on AMC
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Episode Summary


The stooges are three incompetent plumbers who foul up the plumbing in a fancy mansion where a society party is going on. They manage to catch a couple of thieves masquerading as guests before the whole party degenerates into a pie fight.

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  • The plumber Stooges are called to a swanky house to rescue a diamind ring lost in a wash basin.

    Probably the best of the four Stooges shorts made with a stand-in for a deceased Shemp. The double is rarely seen, and Moe and Larry do a great duo act. Most of the plumbing footage is from "Vagabond Loafers" and much of the pie fight is from "Half Wits Holiday", but it's all integrated pretty well. Kenneth MacDonald, in his final Stooges role, provides some great support, and takes a few pies for good measure. The old stock footage of Shemp is inserted well enough to override any suspicion. You have to give the editors some credit. Sadly, this continues to mark a downward spiral for the Stooges.moreless
Joe Besser

Joe Besser

Joe 1955-59

Joe De Rita

Joe De Rita

Curly-Joe 1958-71

Larry Fine

Larry Fine

Larry 1925-26, 1929-71

Moe Howard

Moe Howard

Moe 1922-26, 1929-71

Shemp Howard

Shemp Howard

Shemp 1922-25, 1929-32, 1947-55

Curly Howard

Curly Howard


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Two of Moe's lines don't match his mouth movements when he says them: "But we didn't locate the ring." and "I'll find that ring if it kills me!" This is because the scenes were stock footage and new audio was dubbed in to help integrate them into the story.

    • When Larry accidentally hits Moe in the back of the head during the pie fight, he breaks character and laughs.

    • Did you notice how Moe and Larry looked skyward in this short near the end? Some say they are looking up to their fallen stooge comrade. That is not a joke way of saying it because Shemp died about nine months before the filming of this short.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Larry covers his eyes and ducks because he knows Moe wants to hit him with a pie.)
      Larry: Are you here, Moe?
      Moe: No, I just left.
      (Larry uncovers his eyes and Moe hits him.)

    • Mr. Allen: Don't you dare throw that pie!
      (Moe's pie splatters into his face.)

    • Moe: Here, just pry the basin away from that wall just one inch, so I can look behind it. Now if I was a ring, where would I go?
      (Larry pulls the basin off of the wall and it lands on Moe's foot.)
      Larry: Oh, I'm sorry, Moe!
      Moe: So am I.
      (Moe hits Larry.)

    • Larry: Don't rush me! I have to wash my hands! Who do you think I am, anyhow?
      Moe: Hey anyhow!
      (Moe sticks a plunger to Larry's head and drags him away.)

    • Larry: Is your hand all right?
      (Moe pokes him in the eyes.)
      Larry: It's all right...OUCH!

    • Larry: What did you do, blow your stack?
      Moe: I'll blow your stack! I'll smack you in the snoot!

    • (Moe thinks Larry slid down the sink's drain.)
      Moe: Larry, where are you?
      Larry: I'm down here.
      Moe: I'll figure something out, kid. Wait a minute! I'll figure something out.
      (Moe shines a light down the drain and see Larry's face, not realizing that he is kneeling under the sink.)
      Larry: Come on, Moe. Get busy.
      Moe: OK, kid, take it easy. Take it easy, I'll find a way.
      (Moe reaches down the drain and begins pulling clumps of Larry's hair out.)
      Moe: I got part of him! I'll take him out in pieces!

    • (Larry drops the ring back down the drain. Moe grabs him.)
      Moe: You knucklehead, you! You're going to get that ring if I have to shove you down the pipe after it!
      Larry: Wait a minute!
      (Moe tries to push Larry down the drain as Larry yells in pain.)
      Larry: You're crushing my skull!
      Moe: Get that ring!
      Larry: I won't fit in here!
      Moe: By golly, he's right! His ears are in the way!

    • (Mr. Norfleet has instructed the Stooges to be quiet. when his back is turned, Larry drops his tool bag on the floor.)
      Moe: QUIET!
      (Moe slams his own tool bag on the floor.)
      Moe: I said quiet!
      (Moe slaps Larry.)

    • Mr. Norfleet: I dropped a very valuable diamond ring down into this wash basin drain. Please, don't give up until you find it!
      Moe: Don't worry, boss, we'll have your ring back before you can say "kookamunga"!

  • NOTES (4)