Woman Haters

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For the 1913 film starring Fatty Arbuckle, see The Woman Haters.
For the 1910 film starring Violet Heming, see The Woman Hater (film).
Woman Haters
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The Stooges were not known professionally as "The Three Stooges" when the film was released as they were billed by their individual names
Directed by Archie Gottler
Produced by Jules White
Written by Jerome S. Gottler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Jerry Howard
Marjorie White
Bud Jamison
Walter Brennan
Monte Collins
A.R. Haysel
Fred Toones
Jack Norton
June Gittelson
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Joseph August
Edited by James Sweeney
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • May 5, 1934 (1934-05-05)
Running time
19' 18"
Country United States
Language English

Woman Haters is the first 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.

Plot[edit]

The Stooges, employed as traveling salesmen, join the Woman Haters Club. They swear never to get romantically involved with a woman. That does not last very long. Jim (Larry) finds an attractive woman, Mary (Marjorie White), falls in love, and has proposed marriage. Misogynists Tom (Moe) and Jack (Curly) talk him out of it. However during the party, Mary's intimidating father threatens Jim to marry his attractive daughter by telling him a story about his other, unattractive daughter having a fiance who tried to abandon her on their wedding day. He and his brothers had roughed him up for it but also forced him to go through with the ceremony. Jim is convinced to go through the ceremony much to the man's dismay. Later, on a train ride, the confrontation escalates between the Stooges and Mary.

Mary uses her feminine charm to woo both Jack and Tom in an attempt to make Jim jealous. She sings a theme ("for you, for you my life my love my all") with each of the stooges in turn, as she flirts with them. Each is attracted to her charms as she proves the oath they swore as Women Haters was fraudulent(though Jack attempts to resist her). Finally, Mary tells Tom and Jack the truth, that she and Jim are married, and pushes her way into bed with the trio, knocking them out the train window in the process. The film closes as the Stooges, now old men, finally reunite (at the now almost empty Woman Haters club house) sharing their hatred of women and old age. What happened to Mary is not revealed.

Production notes[edit]

Woman Haters was the sixth entry in Columbia's "Musical Novelty" series,[1]with all dialogue delivered in rhyme. Jazz Age-style music plays throughout the entire short, with the rhymes spoken in rhythm with the music. Being the sixth in a “Musical Novelties” short subject series, the movie appropriated its musical score from the first five films. The memorable song “My Life, My Love, My All,” featured in this short, was originally “At Last!” from the film Um-Pa.

The Stooges had different names in this short: Curly is "Jackie", Moe is "Tom" and Larry is "Jim". This also marked one of the few Stooge shorts that features Larry as the lead character. Others include Three Loan Wolves and He Cooked His Goose.

The Stooges vie for the affections of Larry's wife (Marjorie White) in Woman Haters, their debut film made at Columbia Picture

Bud Jamison's character delivers the first "eye pokes" to the Stooges, as part of the initiation into the Woman Haters Club. He pokes Larry in the eyes first, followed by Curly. Finally, he delivers an eye poke to Moe, who mistakenly blames Curly and promptly slaps him, igniting the first real Stooge brawl of the short films.

This short includes a young Walter Brennan playing the train conductor being initiated into the Woman Haters Club by Moe and Curly.

In contrast to later Stooge films, Larry and Curly are much more willful and defiant to Moe, even giving him some slapstick vengeance of their own, rather than being mere subordinates.

Curly delivers his first "woo-woo-woo-woo!" and "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" in this short, although the latter is not quite delivered in the eventual "classic" style.

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