Goof on the Roof

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Goof on the Roof
Directed by Cal Bess
Produced by Jules White
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Frank Mitchell
Maxine Gates
Cinematography Sam Leavitt
Edited by Edwin Bryant
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 3, 1953 (1953-12-03) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Goof on the Roof is the 152nd 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 receive news that their roommate and friend Bill (Frank Mitchell) is getting married. They will soon be moving out of the house so that Bill's new lover can move in. As a favor of gratitude, the Stooges decide to install Bill's brand new television antenna. The project goes into chaos, however, when they eventually destroy the home.

When Bill's new wife (Maxine Gates) comes home to see the mess, all hell breaks loose, and Bill is single as quickly as he had gotten married. In a fit of anger, Bill takes out his aggression on his roommates, and life as they knew it is once again restored.

Production notes[edit]

Goof on the Roof was filmed on November 17–19, 1952. It is a remake of 1949's Let Down Your Aerial with Wally Vernon and Eddie Quillan and 1930's Hog Wild with Laurel & Hardy.[1]

This was the last original Stooge short written by Clyde Bruckman. His name would appear in future productions, however, when reworked films featured stories which Bruckman contributed to.[1]

Shemp suffered a mild stroke less than two weeks after the filming for Goof on the Roof had been completed. He recovered from it quickly enough by the time production commenced in April 1953 on thee Stooges' next film, Musty Musketeers.


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; pp. 430-431; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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