Blunder Boys

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Blunder Boys
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Kenneth MacDonald
Benny Rubin
Frank Sully
Barbara Bartay
Angela Stevens
Cinematography Ray Cory
Edited by Anthony DiMarco
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • November 3, 1955 (1955-11-03) (U.S.)
Running time
15' 54"
Country United States
Language English

Blunder Boys is the 166th 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 episode begins with a "Dragnet (franchise)" style opening. The Stooges introduce themselves to the audience, and Moe tells the story of how they became detectives. After serving in the Army, the stooges decide to head off to college and major in criminology. At the crime school, they meet Professor Alma Matter, who is also the Registrar. After they submit their applications and pay their tuition, Alma briefly leaves the office. They watch as a man comes out of Whats D. Matter's office to go through the money in Alma's desk. They put him in holds until Alma returns.

The Stooges are excited to catch what they think is their first criminal only to be shocked when Alma reveals the man is really her father who is the dean of the school. Moe punishes Larry and Shemp with his special eyepoke dubbed 81-C, then continues their story. One class from Alma Matter involves how to use metal handcuffs. The Stooges try to follow through with the lessons only to realize that she had forgotten to leave them the key.

Graduating with the lowest possible honors, the boys join the police force and they receive their first assignment from their Captain, F. B. Eye (Kenneth MacDonald (American actor)). They are to search for a bandit called the Eel who is going to rob the Biltless Hotel. Eel often disguises as a woman during his crimes and smokes cigars. They go to the hotel, but fail to catch the criminal or retrieve the money he stole. As a result, they are booted off the force and the three end up as ditch diggers.

The running gag throughout this short is how Shemp changes his name. While Moe and Larry say their names are Haliday and Terraday respectively, Shemp changes his name using: St. Patrick's Day, Groundhog's Day, New Year's Day, Christmas Day, and finally Labor Day.

Production notes[edit]

Blunder Boys was the last Stooge film featuring Shemp Howard that was not a remake. In addition, it would also be the last film released during his lifetime; Howard died 19 days after its release.[1] Its premise is a parody of the television series Dragnet.[1]

This episode is one of the very few times where one or all the Stooges will break the fourth wall.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 464; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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