In the Sweet Pie and Pie

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In the Sweet Pie and Pie
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Ewart Adamson
Clyde Bruckman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Dorothy Appleby
Mary Ainslee
Ethelreda Leopold
Richard Fiske
Vernon Dent
Symona Boniface
Eddie Laughton
John Tyrrell
Geneva Mitchell
Cinematography George Meehan
Edited by Jerome Thoms
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • October 16, 1941 (1941-10-16)
Running time
17' 25"
Country United States
Language English

In the Sweet Pie and Pie is the 58th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


Tiska (Dorothy Appleby), Taska (Mary Ainslee) and Baska (Ethelreda Leopold) Jones, three snippy society girls, are willed a huge inheritance so long as they are married by a certain time and date, but their fiances postpone their engagements. Their shrewd lawyer Diggin (Richard Fiske) suggests they marry three death row inmates (the Stooges) to retain the dough; once they are married, they get their inheritance, the convicts are hanged, and can marry their fiances free and clear. They do so, but the boys are pardoned by the governor, and as the girls celebrate their new bout of widowhood, the Stooges make their way into their house and make themselves at home.

Mortified, the devious debutantes try to think up an excuse to divorce their new beaus and decide to force them to become society gentlemen, something they feel the Stooges will be unable to accomplish. However, the Stooges realize what their wives are up to and decide they need to succeed so their wives cannot throw them out. After enrolling the Stooges in an ill-fated dance lesson, and after finding them to be more accommodating to entering society, the girls turn to their lawyer again for help. Diggin suggests that the girls throw a formal party, hoping the Stooges will make a shambles of the evening. They do, of course, and the evening ends with the Stooges first genuine pie fight (after Diggin bribes the butler to hit Moe with a pie and make it look like Moe was guilty). Diggin chastises the boys for their social ineptness and threatens to annul their marriages at once. However, the girls have had enough of Diggin. They, along with the Stooges and the other guests in attendance, strike back at Diggin by covering him in pie from head to toe.

Pie fights[edit]

Larry Fine recalled that the most grueling scenes in this film involved pies:

Production notes[edit]

In the Sweet Pie and Pie makes references to several popular songs/series' of the era:

  • "Bill Stein," who broadcasts a "jerk-by-jerk" description of the hanging of the Mushroom Murder Mob, is a parody of real-life sportscaster Bill Stern.[2]

Footage was borrowed from earlier shorts and reused for In the Sweet Pie and Pie:

In the Sweet Pie and Pie marked the final appearance of supporting actor Richard Fiske. A perfect foil for the Stooges, Fiske's promising career was cut short when he was killed in action during World War II.[2]


  1. ^ Maurer, Joan Howard; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (2012) [1982]. The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 285. ISBN 978-1-61374-074-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 193. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 

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