Booty and the Beast

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Booty and the Beast
Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
Jack White
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Kenneth MacDonald
Vernon Dent
Heinie Conklin
Dudley Dickerson
Curly Howard
Blackie Whiteford
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 5, 1953 (1953-03-05) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States

Booty and the Beast is the 145th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1953 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges inadvertently aid a safe-cracker (Kenneth MacDonald), who flees to Las Vegas with the stolen "booty." Realizing their error, the trio hop the train to Vegas to catch up with the thief, though not before accidentally freeing a lion from the baggage car. Eventually, the boys capture the nameless crook and retrieve the stolen money from him.

Production notes[edit]

Booty and the Beast was filmed in May 1952. The second half of the film consists of footage recycled from Hold That Lion!, which includes the cameo appearance by Curly Howard, who died on January 18, 1952. The title of the film is a parody of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.[1]

MacDonald's character in Hold That Lion was originally named Icabod Slipp: in Booty and the Beast, he is a nameless thug. Any references to Slipp are replaced with "He", "Him" or "that crook."[1]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., pp. 416-417; ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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