Triple Crossed

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For the similarly titled 2013 film directed by Sean Paul Lockhart, see Triple Crossed (film)
Triple Crossed
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Warren Wilson
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe Besser
Angela Stevens
Mary Ainsley
Diana Darrin
Connie Cezon
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Saul A. Goodkind
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 2, 1959 (1959-02-02) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Triple Crossed is the 189th and penultimate short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1959 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe Besser). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


Larry is a womanizer who is having an affair with Moe's wife Belle (Mary Ainslee). At the same time, he is also making eyes at Joe's fiancee, Millie (Angela Stevens). However, Moe tracks down the conniving Larry at his pet shop, and gives him the works before Larry calms him down. Realizing he needs to cover his tracks, Larry looks for a "fall guy" in the form of Joe. Larry then gets Joe a job as an underwear salesman and the first place he goes is Moe's home.

While Joe is modeling his ware, Larry lies to Moe about Joe's advances on Millie. Both of them go storming over to Moe's, while Joe flees up the chimney. After making a quiet getaway, Joe bumps into Larry, and turns him in.

Joe explains to Moe how Larry had set him up. Millie reveals how Larry had tricked her into coming there. Moe tells her Larry had tricked him, too. Millie and Joe make up while an angry Moe punishes Larry.

Production notes[edit]

Triple Crossed is a remake of 1952's He Cooked His Goose, using ample stock footage. New footage was filmed on December 18, 1957, the day before shooting commenced for Flying Saucer Daffy, the last Stooge short to be filmed.[1]

When Moe shoots at Joe up the chimney, you can hear Shemp Howard's yell from He Cooked His Goose. In a cost-saving measure, Joe Besser's voice was not dubbed over Shemp's for authenticity. In addition, when Larry is walking in the hallway from the elevator to meet Moe’s wife, Joe is hiding in the closet wearing a Santa Claus outfit; however, it is Shemp who is whistling at Larry. Also, Shemp’s face can be seen in the background peeking from underneath the bearskin rug and can be seen when he opens the janitor closet door and slams Larry in the hallway.[1]

Over the course of their 24 years at Columbia Pictures, the Stooges would occasionally be cast as separate characters. This course of action always worked against the team; author Jon Solomon concluded "when the writing divides them, they lose their comic dynamic."[1] In addition to this split occurring in Triple Crossed (as well as He Cooked His Goose, the film it originated from), the trio also played separate characters in Rockin' in the Rockies, Cuckoo on a Choo Choo, Gypped in the Penthouse, Flying Saucer Daffy and Sweet and Hot.


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