The Knife of the Party

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The Knife of the Party
Directed by Leigh Jason
Produced by Amadee J. Van Beuren
Monroe Shaff
Meyer Davis
Written by Art Jarrett, Sr.
H.O. Kusell
Starring Lillian Miles
Jack Good
Shemp Howard
James Fox
Charles Senna
The Girl Friends
Gertrude Mudge
Leo Kennedy
Rogers & Anthony
Music by Harold Spina
Johnny Burke
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • February 16, 1934 (1934-02-16)
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Knife of the Party is a black-and-white short film starring Shemp Howard. The comedy was filmed at Van Beuren Studios and released by RKO Radio Pictures on February 16, 1934.

Shemp Howard and His Stooges[edit]

Shemp Howard makes an odd appearance as the lead stooge of four smack-around stooges. This act was presumably either a casting decision by the filmmakers or a short-lived act put together by Shemp. Shemp had been the original second stooge with Moe as First and Kenneth Lackey as the original third stooge. Three Stooges Shemp later left the act to be replaced by his brother Curly Howard, then returned after Curly retired in the wake of a series of strokes.

This feature appears on the Three Stooges DVD The Three Stooges: Greatest Hits and Rarities.



The songs, by Harold Spina (music) and Johnny Burke (lyrics),[2][3] include "Whistle While You Work" (not to be confused with the song made famous three years later in Walt Disney's animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).[4]


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