Even as IOU
|Even As IOU|
|Directed by||Del Lord|
|Produced by||Del Lord
|Written by||Felix Adler|
|Cinematography||L. William O'Connell|
|Edited by||Paul Borofsky|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
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.
Filming of Even as IOU was completed April 18–22, 1942.
- Curly's "FBI Loan" is ignorance pertaining to an FHA insured loan (Federal Housing Administration).
- Curly describes his taking the child's piggy bank as "only a lend-lease" referring to the Lend-Lease Law passed by Congress in 1941.
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.