Fright Night (1947 film)

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Fright Night
Directed byEdward Bernds
Produced byHugh McCollum
Written byClyde Bruckman
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Dick Wessel
Claire Carleton
Harold Brauer
Cy Schindell
Heinie Conklin
Sammy Stein
Stanley Blystone
Dave Harper
Tom Kingston
CinematographyPhilip Tannura
Edited byPaul Borofsky
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 6, 1947 (1947-03-06) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States

Fright Night is the 98th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1947 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard, in his first starring role after returning to the act). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are managers of a beefy boxer named Chopper Kane (Dick Wessel), and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster (Tiny Brauer) tells them to have Chopper lose (as he has a lot of money bet on his opponent Gorilla Watson) or they will lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty (Claire Carleton). The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for Gorilla and, in a fluke accident, Gorilla gets entangled with Moe and breaks his hand against a wall. The Stooges think they have put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward.

Production notes[edit]

Fright Night marked the return of Shemp Howard to the Stooges, who had last performed with the act 17 years prior. Shemp agreed to rejoin the act until brother Curly Howard recovered enough to return to the Stooges (Curly never did).[1] It was filmed June 5–8, 1946: production commenced less than one month after Curly suffered a debilitating stroke on May 6. The film was remade in 1955 as Fling in the Ring, using ample stock footage.[1] It was Shemp's favorite Stooge film.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 291; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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