Wham Bam Slam

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Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Matt McHugh
Wanda Perry
Alyn Lockwood
Doria Revier
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Paul Borofsky
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1955 (1955-09-01) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Wham-Bam-Slam! is the 164th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1955 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 for quite some time. The Stooges' friend Claude (Matt McHugh) 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 lands Moe's foot under the car. After all is said and done, Shemp realizes that he feels better after all.

Production notes[edit]

Wham-Bam-Slam! is a reworking of 1948's Pardon My Clutch, using ample recycled footage from the original. The new scenes (including Shemp's toe squashed by a lobster, leading to a cossack dance) were filmed on January 18, 1955.[1] Both films borrow plot elements from the Laurel and Hardy shorts Perfect Day (1929) and Them Thar Hills (1934).[2]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 459; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4
  2. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (July 7, 2012). "The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 

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