Fling in the Ring

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Fling in the Ring
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Film poster
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Jack White
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Frank Sully
Richard Wessel
Claire Carleton
Harold Brauer
Cy Schindell
Heinie Conklin
Sammy Stein
Joe Palma
Stanley Blystone
Dave Harper
Tom Kingston
Cinematography Ray Cory
Edited by Robert B. Hoover
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1955 (1955-01-06) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Fling in the Ring is the 159th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1955 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 are trainers for the boxer Chopper Kane (Richard Wessel). Their boss, Big Mike (Frank Sully), a mean-spirited prankster and mobster bets on Chopper's opponent, Gorilla Watson. He then tells the boys (after they bet all their money on the Chopper) to make the Chopper throw the fight or else.

The Stooges try to fatten up their boxer so he will lose against Watson. However, the boys have a stroke of luck when Gorilla Watson breaks his hand (attempting to punch Moe) on fight night. Unfortunately, their boss is not pleased and sends his goons after them. After the Stooges get some Stooge-style revenge on Big Mike, they are chased by his henchmen. Shemp manages to knock them out, but ends up knocking himself out as well. Moe and Larry try to revive Shemp but accidentally revive the goons, thus they take Shemp and flee the scene.

Production notes[edit]

Fling in the Ring is a remake of 1947's Fright Night (Shemp's first film with the team at Columbia), using ample stock footage from the original. A double is used (Joe Palma, filmed from behind) for Tiny Brauer (the original "Big Mike" in Fright Night), who was unavailable at the time.[1] New scenes were filmed on April 27, 1954.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., pp. 448-449, ISBN 0-9711868-0-4
  2. ^ Fling in the Ring at threestooges.net

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