An Ache in Every Stake
|An Ache in Every Stake|
|Directed by||Del Lord|
|Produced by||Del Lord
|Written by||Lloyd French|
|Edited by||Burton Kramer|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||18' 05"|
The Stooges are icemen making a delivery at a house atop a long, high staircase—so high that every time they go up, the ice melts to a cube. When their antics cause the servants at their customer's house to quit, the Stooges are hired to replace them and prepare dinner for her husband's birthday party. Unknown to them, her husband is Mr. Lawrence (Vernon Dent), whose cakes they had wrecked earlier in the day. When the birthday cake they prepare is finished, it is accidentally pierced, and it deflates. The boys "re-inflate" the cake using town gas through the gas stove's connection.
During the party, the Stooges sing a "Happy Birthday" song to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down"; when Mr. Lawrence blows the out candles, the gas-filled cake explodes. Mr. Lawrence angrily realizes who the new 'help' are, and the Stooges are forced to leave in a hurry, sliding down the steps.
The long staircase is not the same one used in Laurel and Hardy's 1927 lost film Hats Off nor the Academy Award-winning 1932 film The Music Box. The stairs — 147 steps in length — are approximately two miles northeast, located at Fair Oak View Terrace and Edendale Place in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. Unlike the stairs in The Music Box, this stairway begins from a cul-de-sac. Filming was completed March 26-29, 1941.
This is one of several Stooge shorts in which a sofa spring becomes attached to someone's backside. This gag was also used in Hoi Polloi, Three Little Sew and Sews, Hugs and Mugs and Have Rocket, Will Travel. The film marked the final appearance of supporting actress Bess Flowers with the Stooges.
- The Three Stooges Journal # 98
- Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 195–197. ISBN 0971186804.
- Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 38. ISBN 9781595800701.
- Stooged & Confoosed
- An Ache in Every Stake at the Internet Movie Database
- An Ache in Every Stake at AllMovie
- An Ache in Every Stake at threestooges.net