Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb
|Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb|
|Directed by||Del Lord|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Searle Kramer|
James C. Morton
|Cinematography||Allen G. Siegler|
|Edited by||Charles Nelson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb is the 31st short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1938 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.
Curly wins $50,000 from writing a catchy jingle for a radio contest. The boys quickly spend their loot, and check in at the Hotel Costa Plente. Their suite is furnished with many expensive items which they systematically destroy. In the process, three gold diggers connive their way into the boys' room, under the guise that they are three rich widows looking to remarry. This works perfectly, as Curly quickly discovers that all the tax deductions reduce his winnings to a minuscule $4.85. The boys hastily agree to marry the ladies, who soon find out the Stooges are broke and render them unconscious with champagne bottles.
The title Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb is parody a of Benjamin Franklin's proverb "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." It would be remade as 1952's A Missed Fortune, with minimal stock footage.
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