Goof on the Roof

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Goof on the Roof
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Frank Mitchell
Maxine Gates
Cinematography Sam Leavitt
Edited by Edwin Bryant
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 3, 1953 (1953-12-03)
Running time 16' 23"
Country United States
Language English

Goof on the Roof is the 152nd 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 receive news that their roommate and pal Bill (Frank Mitchell) is getting married. They will soon be moving out of the house so that Bill's new lover can move in. As a favor of gratitude, the Stooges decide to install Bill's brand new television antenna. The project goes into chaos, however, when they eventually destroy the home.

The Stooges destroy the house in various ways:

  • Moe, angry at Larry using a match to look for a missing control knob, accidentally starts a fire inside a wall with the same match. His attempt to put the destroyed TV set back together fails when he leaves pieces out. Later, he gets electrocuted when he attempts to put a live electrical plug back into a wall with a metal screwdriver.
  • Larry accidentally bends the control knob from the TV. In trying to repair it, by hammering on a wall, it falls inside the wall. He creates several gaping holes trying to retrieve it. Then, trying to help put out the fire, he spills water all over the floor.
  • Shemp repeatedly spills water on the floor. Then accidentally destroys a priceless vase. While getting Bill’s new TV ready he accidentally loses his “valuable Cracker Jack ring" in it. He takes the entire set apart before finally retrieving it. Then as he is trying to install the TV antenna, he destroys the chimney before creating a hole in the roof and falling through it.

When Bill's new wife (Maxine Gates) comes home to see the mess, all hell breaks loose, and Bill is single as quickly as he had gotten married. In a fit of anger, Bill takes out his aggression on his roommates, and life as they knew it is once again restored.

Production notes[edit]

Goof on the Roof is a remake of 1949's Let Down Your Aerial with Wally Vernon and Eddie Quillan and 1930's Hog Wild with Laurel & Hardy.[1]

This was the last original Stooge short written by Clyde Bruckman. His name would appear in future productions, however, when reworked films featured stories which Bruckman contributed to.[1]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; pp. 430-431; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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