Pardon My Clutch

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Pardon My Clutch
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Directed by Edward Bernds
Produced by Hugh McCollum
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Matt McHugh
Wanda Perry
George Lloyd
Stanley Blystone
Alyn Lockwood
Doria Revier
Emil Sitka
Cinematography Allen G. Siegler
Edited by Henry DeMond
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 26, 1948 (1948-02-26) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Pardon My Clutch is the 105th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1948 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.


Shemp has been ill with a toothache. The Stooges' friend Claude (Matt McHugh), a self-proclaimed Kevin Trudeau-ish doctor, gives Moe and Larry some specific instructions on how to cure the toothache, which, of course, they misinterpret every which way possible. After finally yanking the troublesome tooth, Claude suggests they take Shemp on a camping trip for a little R&R. Since the Stooges do not own a car, Claude offers to sell them a car that turns out to be a "lemon."

The trio run into a series of mishaps trying to get the car to work, including a flat tire that gets them into trouble with a local gas station attendant (George Lloyd). Finally, things improve via a car collector (Emil Sitka) who wants to buy the clunker at a premium. Claude gets wind of this, quickly gives his money back to the Stooges, and hands it to the collector. Within minutes, two men in white coats from the local insane asylum come to retrieve the supposed car collector, with Claude following right behind.

Production notes[edit]

Pardon My Clutch was filmed on May 19-21, 1947;[1] it would be remade in 1955 as Wham-Bam-Slam!, using ample stock footage.[2] Both films borrow plot elements from the Laurel and Hardy shorts Perfect Day (1929) and Them Thar Hills (1934).[3]

Shemp is unable to convince the gas station attendant that the tire he is removing from the tire display actually came off his car and rolled into the gas station by accident. This was a stock routine that had been used in prior comedies. It had been performed by Joe Murphy and Bud Jamison in I'm the Sheriff (1927) and Edgar Kennedy and Charlie Hall in Slightly at Sea (1940).[2]

A different variation of "Three Blind Mice" introductory theme is used in this entry. This version would be used again for Crime on Their Hands and The Ghost Talks.[2]


  • Larry: "You know, fish is great brain food."
  • Moe: "You know, you should fish for a whale!" *SLAP!*

(As the Three Stooges head out to pack their car:)

  • Shemp: "Well, fellas, let's get loaded."
  • Larry: "Hey, you know I don't drink!"


  1. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 199. ISBN 9781595800701. 
  2. ^ a b c Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 327. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 
  3. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (July 7, 2012). "The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 

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