Brideless Groom

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Brideless Groom
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Directed by Edward Bernds
Produced by Hugh McCollum
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Dee Green
Emil Sitka
Christine McIntyre
Doris Colleen
Nancy Saunders
Johnny Kascier
Alyn Lockwood
Cinematography Vincent J. Farrar
Edited by Henry DeMond
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
September 11, 1947 (1947-09-11)
Running time
16' 36"
Country United States
Language English

Brideless Groom is the 101st 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.


Shemp plays a voice instructor and the object of affection to tone-deaf vocal student Miss Dinkelmeyer (Dee Green), with Larry is his musical accompanist. After an excruciating session, Moe enters his classroom to tell Shemp that his uncle had died and left him an inheritance of $500,000. However, Shemp cannot collect the money unless he is married (which horrifies Shemp) within 48 hours after the reading of the will (leaving him only a few hours). Shemp uses his filled-up black address book to propose to any and all women he has, with unsuccessful results. With time running out, Moe and Larry lead Shemp through a series of disastrous situations including the destruction of a phone booth and Shemp being beaten silly by a woman named Miss Hopkins (Christine McIntyre) who had just moved into the building.

Upon recovering from his bruising, Shemp unintentionally proposes to his unattractive and tone-deaf student Miss Dinkelmeyer. She happily accepts and the two of them, with Moe and Larry in tow, head over to the Justice of Peace (Emil Sitka) to get married. Shemp pulls out the wedding ring but accidentally loses it in the piano. Moe forces him to look, and in doing so, Shemp wrecks the piano completely. Eventually he finds the ring, and he is hustled to get married right away. However, the Stooges' building landlord calls Moe to tell him that news of Shemp's inheritance was printed in the paper and all of Shemp's Ex-girlfriends he called and proposed to found out about it and are all out looking for him. They all arrive at the Justice of Peace's office all looking to marry Shemp to get his money, whereupon chaos ensues. The women start fighting, taking out their aggressions not only upon themselves but upon the Stooges as well. Both Moe and Larry are repetedly kicked in the shins while standing amongst the crowd of catfighters. In a later scene Moe sets a bear trap in a chair awaiting any of the women who are continually pushing one another into it, but the plan backfires as Moe tries to antagonize a combatant who grabs Moe by the hair, spins him around and shoves him backwards into the chair causing the trap to painfully snap shut on Moe's rear end.Nonetheless Shemp, in a dazed state, ends up marrying his student, just in time to collect the money. Shemp comes to, is told what happened, and is frightened beyond reproach.


  • The basic plot of Brideless Groom is not unique, having been used in (among others) Buster Keaton's 1925 comedy Seven Chances (remade in 1999 as The Bachelor starring Chris O'Donnell). Writer Clyde Bruckman was also partially responsible for Seven Chances.
  • The film features longtime Stooges supporting player Emil Sitka's best-remembered line "Hold hands, you lovebirds!" (The line is engraved on Sitka's headstone.) The shot where Emil Sitka has a birdcage smashed on his head was worked into the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction when Eric Stoltz is watching television.
  • Brideless Groom would be recycled in the second half of 1956's Husbands Beware.
  • Brideless Groom is one of four Stooge shorts that fell into the public domain after the copyright lapsed in the 1960s (the other three being Malice in the Palace, Sing a Song of Six Pants, and Disorder in the Court). As such, these four shorts frequently appear on cheaply produced VHS or DVD compilations.
  • In 2005, Brideless Groom was colorized and included as one of the featured shorts on a Legend Films DVD compilation called The Three Stooges In Color, featuring wraparounds from The Film Crew. Sony/Columbia Pictures also colorized a restored version of this film that was released in 2007 as part of the DVD collection "Hapless Half-Wits."[1]
  • The version of "Voices of Spring" during Shemp and Miss Dinkelmeyer's singing lesson was sung by frequent Stooge co-star Christine McIntyre, who appears in this short as "Miss Hopkins". This version of "Voices of Spring", along with McIntyre herself, were previously used in the Three Stooges short "Micro-Phonies".
  • A side-gag in this short takes place during the chaos of the women battling each other. Moe and Larry are trying to take them all down. First, Larry was going to handle of a gun to knock one of them out with only to have Moe stop him. His quote "You wouldn't hit a lady with that." He takes the gun and gives him a longer one, and adds, "Use this its bigger." Both attempts fail, to which Moe and Larry try a bear trap only to have Moe fall into it instead.

Shemp's injury[edit]

Sitka utters his catchphrase "Hold hands, you lovebirds!"

Brideless Groom contains a considerable amount of slapstick violence for a Shemp-era short. One sequence features Christine McIntyre who portrays Miss Hopkins, a woman whom Shemp actively pursues for his wife. Unfortunately, she mistakes him for her cousin Basil. After learning her mistake, she takes it out on poor Shemp by slapping him silly then finally punching him through her door. During the filming of the scene, when Christine threw her punch, she leaned too far into it, and hit Shemp for real and broke his nose. This mistake was left in the film, and when watched it in slow motion, Shemp can be seen falling down and opening his mouth like he was yelling in pain after the punch. Director Edward Bernds remembers getting McIntyre to give Shemp the blows:


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  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff; Howard Maurer, Joan; Lenburg, Greg; (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook, p. 81, Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5

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