Cash and Carry (film)

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Cash and Carry
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Jules White
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Sonny Bupp
Nick Copeland
Lew Davis
Lester Dorr
John Ince
Eddie Laughton
Al Richardson
Cy Schindell
Harlene Wood
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Charles Nelson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) September 3, 1937
Running time 18' 21"
Country United States
Language English

Cash and Carry is the 25th 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 return home to their shack in the city dump to find it inhabited by a young orphaned woman and her crippled younger orphaned brother, Jimmy. Taking pity on the boy, the trio decide to help raise the $500 needed for a leg operation for the boy. They immediately find a can full of money ("canned coin," as Curly calls it), which turns out to be the $62 the boy and his sister have already saved for the operation. Two confidence men (Nick Copeland, Lew Davis) cheat the Stooges out of the $62 and their car for a map they claim will lead to a treasure. Following the map, the Stooges drill into the United States Treasury, where they are arrested. The Stooges end up meeting President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who has learned of Jimmy's plight. The President then pardons the Stooges and pays for Jimmy's operation.

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Involving the Stooges as miners helping a crippled orphan get money for his leg surgery, this film is notable for showing an uncharacteristically sentimental side to the comedy team.[1] Filmed on May 4-8, 1937,[2] the title Cash and Carry was a popular saying of the era. From 1942 to 1945, during the marriage of actor Cary Grant and heiress Barbara Hutton, tabloid newspapers referred to Grant and Hutton as "Cash and Cary".[1]

Writer Clyde Bruckman's story was later adapted for comedian Andy Clyde in his short films A Miner Affair[3] and Two April Fools (1954).[4]

Nick Copeland and Lew Davis would reprise their roles as con men who swindle the Stooges in the next entry, Playing the Ponies.

Moe mines for gold in Cash and Carry


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