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 that have fallen asleep in their delivery wagon. Their horse wakes them up. Curly finds his face and head embedded in a large block of ice after having used it for a pillow. Moe and Larry break him out of it, and they begin their ice block deliveries. After several deliveries they are called to make a delivery at a house atop a long, high staircase. It's so high that every time they go up, the ice melts to a cube. They make several attempts including relaying it successfully to the top, only to have Curly drop it. It's during these attempts and arguments that they bump into Mr. Lawrence (Vernon Dent) and ruin his cakes.
When the Stooges antics cause the servants at their customer's (Mrs. Lawrence / Bess Flowers) house to quit, they are hired to replace them and prepare dinner for her husband's birthday party. Unknown to them, her husband is Mr. Lawrence, 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 out the 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 lost film Hats Off (1927) nor the Academy Award-winning film The Music Box (1932). 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.
The plot device of carrying ice up a flight of stairs derives from the Billy Bevan silent film Ice Cold Cocos (1926), also directed by Del Lord.According to the SilentEra website, Ice Cold Cocos used the same staircase as Hats Off and The Music Box.
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.
- SilentEra entry for Ice Cold Cocos
- 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