Even as IOU

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Even As IOU
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Del Lord
Hugh McCollum
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Stanley Blystone
Ruth Skinner
Vernon Dent
Bud Jamison
Cinematography L. William O'Connell
Edited by Paul Borofsky
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 18, 1942 (1942-09-18) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Even as IOU is the 65th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1942 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are con men who are selling phony racing forms to everyone especially they sold one to a man which he said that the racing form was expired and the Stooges stole his money and threatens to call the cops. After evading the policeman they help a destitute mother and her daughter by utilizing the money from the child's piggy bank, and ultimately winning a horse race. Riding high on their win, the boys come across two swindlers who trick them into buying retired race horse, Seabasket (a play on Seabiscuit). Broke again, the Stooges start taking care of the old horse, with Curly managing to accidentally swallow a Vitamin Z pill meant for the horse. However, the error allows Curly to give birth to an Equidae, which they crown as another winning race horse.

Production notes[edit]

Filming of Even as IOU was completed April 18–22, 1942.[1]

There are several references to The New Deal instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt:

The idea of Curly swallowing Vitamin Z and hatching a colt generates from the use of synthetic vitamins as dietary supplements, which was both popular and experimental in the early 1940s.[2]

Moe requesting an operator patch him through to "Ripley, yeah, believe it or not." This is one of the earliest mentions of Ripley's in popular media.[2]

The "ma-ma" doll gag had recently been used by Laurel and Hardy in 1940's Saps at Sea. It would be used again in the Stooges' 1951 short Scrambled Brains.[2]


  1. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. ISBN 9781595800701. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 215. ISBN 0971186804. 

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