Studio Stoops

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Studio Stoops
Directed byEdward Bernds
Produced byHugh McCollum
Written byElwood Ullman
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Christine McIntyre
Kenneth MacDonald
Vernon Dent
Joe Palma
Ted Stanhope
Chuck Hamilton
Charles Jordan
Stanley Price
CinematographyVincent Farrar
Edited byHenry DeMond
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 5, 1950 (1950-10-05) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States

Studio Stoops is a 1950 short film directed by Edward Bernds and starring the American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard. It was the 126th short film released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are exterminators mistaken for B.O. Pictures' publicity department. They are then instructed to drum up publicity for the studio's lovely new actress Dolly Devore (Christine McIntyre), and arrange a fake kidnapping.

However, two gangsters hear the Stooges' plan and kidnap Devore for real. The gangsters break into her hotel room, then tied her hands behind her back and zip her up in a large garment bag, forcing the Stooges to come to her rescue.

Production notes[edit]

Studio Stoops was filmed on February 22–25, 1949,[1] but withheld from release until October 5, 1950, a total of 20 months.[2]

The gag of Shemp hiding in a garment bag in the hotel room closet then managing to get out of the closet was adapted from Buster Keaton's 1941 short film So You Won't Squawk.[3]


  1. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 250. ISBN 9781595800701.
  2. ^ Studio Stoops at
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