All the World's a Stooge

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All the World's a Stooge
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Hugh McCollum
Del Lord
Written by John Grey
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Lelah Tyler
Emory Parnell
Richard Fiske
Olaf Hytten
Bud Jamison
Symona Boniface
Ethelreda Leopold
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by Art Seid
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
May 16, 1941 (U.S.)
Running time
16' 03"
Country United States
Language English

All the World's a Stooge is the 55th 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.


Wealthy Mr. Bullion (Emory Parnell) is up in arms when his eccentric wife (Lelah Tyler) informs him that she wants to adopt a refugee, the latest socio-political movement. After taking a trip to his dentist (Richard Fiske), Mr. Bullion meets the Stooges, inept window washers who act as interim dentists when Bullion enters the office demanding medical attention. After pulling his bridge-work out completely ("you stripped his gears!", Larry comments), they try to put it back into his mouth with cement. However, the cement hardens before they have a chance to put the tooth back in, so they decide to blast. The dentist arrives back in his office as the dynamite is lit. He calls out to the Stooges, who notice him and run off. The dynamite goes off and Mr. Bullion wakes up, noticing that the pain in his tooth is gone. He heads back to his car and notices the Stooges hiding inside. He inquires as to what they are up to, and Moe says that they are "refugees." Mr. Bullion then has a very nasty idea to disabuse his wife of her philanthropic notion: pass these three nitwits off as refugee children.

Mrs. Bullion is naturally thrilled at the sight of the Stooges (who are dressed as children, in large sailor suits and moptop curly wigs), but she ends up regretting their adoption after a party is thrown in their honor — and Mr. Bullion is beginning to regret concocting this scheme to begin with. The festivities are interrupted when an angered Mr. Bullion chases after the Stooges with an axe.

The Stooges act their age in All the World's a Stooge

Production notes[edit]

Filmed on August 24–28, 1940,[1] the title of the film parodies William Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage."[2]

Adopting refugees from European countries was a common event amongst society people during World War II.[2]


  1. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 38. ISBN 9781595800701. 
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 191. ISBN 0971186804. 

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