A Merry Mix Up

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A Merry Mix-Up
Columbia Pictures made an error by listing the Stooges as "Shemp (who had died), Larry and Joe," omitting Moe entirely.
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe Besser
Nanette Bordeaux
Jeanne Carmen
Ruth Godfrey White
Suzanne Ridgeway
Harriette Tarler
Diana Darrin
Frank Sully
Cinematography Irving Lippman
Edited by Harold White
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • March 28, 1957 (1957-03-28)
Running time
15' 51"
Country United States
Language English

A Merry Mix-Up is the 177th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges play three sets of identical triplets, born one year apart. All nine brothers lose track of each other after World War II, unaware that they are all living in the same city. One set (Moe, Larry and Joe) is single, one (Max, Louie and Jack) is married, and the other (Morris, Luke and Jeff) is engaged.

Trouble brews when the engaged set of brothers decided to celebrate at a local nightclub. Before they arrive, the unmarried set show up, followed by the fiancees of their brothers. The ladies start hugging and kissing the unsuspecting brothers. Within minutes, the wives of the married brothers show up, thinking their husbands are cheating on them. Hilarity ensues when the nightclub waiter (Frank Sully) walks in and sees all nine brothers simultaneously.

Production notes[edit]

The shot featuring all nine brothers standing side by side took careful planning to expose just right, giving the effect of three Moes, Larrys and Joes. To achieve this, each Stooge had to stand behind a specific marker before each shot was taken. For the final exposure, director Jules White suspected that Larry Fine was standing behind the wrong marker when compared to the previous two exposures.

All nine brothers are present in A Merry Mix Up.

Larry knew White was wrong, and went to great lengths to prove it. Luckily, Larry prevailed, and saved the studio from having to reshoot thousands of dollars worth of exposures.[1]

When everything is sorted out between the girls, Moe suggests they all celebrate. In the background, a viewer can see one of the doubles that played Joe. As the girls and the doubles leave the room, a careful viewer can easily spot one of the doubles for Moe due to his slight jumping up and down. The final "Larry" can be easily spotted due to his unusual smile as he leaves the room.


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff; Howard Maurer, Joan; Lenburg, Greg; (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook, p. 264, Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5

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