The Stooges are door-to-door greeting
card salesmen (peddling such popular selections as: "Happy Birthday
Mother. Happy Birthday, Ma. Hi Mommie-Mommie, and hot-cha-cha-cha!").
When they come across a lonely housewife feeling the blues, they somehow
convince her that all she needs to do is fake an affair to make her
husband jealous. The plan works all right, hubby gets so jealous he
tries to kill them. They make a quick escape into what appears to
be a breadline, but accidentally end up enlisting in the Army, and
the jealous husband (Mr. Dare) ends up being their sergeant. When
the Stooges end up on the real battlefront, they are ordered to fire
a new type of shell at the enemy: laughing gas. Curly fires the shell
straight up in the air and it comes down exploding right next to the
Stooges, who laugh uncontrollably until the enemy captures them. This
quickly gets out of control when Moe, Larry and Curly (still laughing
hysterically) render all of the enemy superiors and guards unconscious.
The celebration of their heroics, however, ends with them getting
scooped up on a speeding artillery shell and riding off in to the
Did you know that Columbia's costume
department was given strict orders to design Army uniforms to resemble
the regulation style rather than exact renditions?
Laurel and Hardy also played greeting
card salesmen trying to make a husband jealous in their short The
Fixer Uppers (1935).