Three Little Twirps

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Three Little Twirps
Three Little Twirps lobbycard 1943.jpg
Directed by Harry Edwards
Produced by Del Lord
Hugh McCollum
Written by Monte Collins
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Stanley Blystone
Chester Conklin
Bud Jamison
Heinie Conklin
Al Thompson
Duke York
Cinematography John Stumar
Edited by Paul Borofsky
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 9, 1943 (1943-07-09) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Three Little Twirps is the 71st short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1943 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.


The Stooges are poster hangers who manage to destroy one of the main posters when Moe pushed Curly into the poster just as their boss Herman (Stanley Blystone) comes by to check on them and they just got fired. The boys soon realize that their pay consists of tickets to the circus, but when Curly finds a huge roll of tickets, the trio start scalping them at discount price. After being caught by the circus owner (Herman as well) and the local sheriff (Bud Jamison), Herman decides to hire the Stooges as human targets for the spear-throwing "Sultan of Abudaba" (Duke York).

Production notes[edit]

Three Little Twirps was filmed on August 3–7, 1942. It is the eighth of sixteen Stooge shorts with the word "three" in the title.[1]

Three Little Twirps was the second and last Stooge film directed by Harry Edwards. Plagued with alcoholism, Edwards developed a reputation at Columbia Pictures as the studio's worst director. Having previously directed the laborious 1942 effort Matri-Phony — which took over three weeks to complete (the regular shooting schedule was 3-4 consecutive days) — the Stooges decided they had enough and requested never to work with him again.[2]

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  • Curly: Here's an impersonation of a wolf. [Whistles] Hiya, babe!
  • Moe: I'll take ninety tickets!
  • Larry: Beat it, Grandpa! We got no time for kibbitzers!


  1. ^ Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 245. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 
  2. ^ Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 214. ISBN 0-89950-181-8.