July 17 / Prod. No. 4087 / 17
m / p d Jules White / st
scr Felix Adler / ph
George Kelley / e
Edwin Bryant / a Charles
Clague / C: Kenneth MacDonald (Icabod Slipp), Emil Sitka
(Poole, the Attorney), Dudley Dickerson (Porter) and Jerry "Curly"
Howard (Train Passenger with derby)
While celebrating their girls'
birthdays, the Stooges receive news that the Estate of their Uncle
Ambrose Rose, deceased millionaire junk dealer, is now being held
by it's executor, Mr. Icabod Slipp. Slipp turns out to be a con artist,
however, giving the Stooges - what else? - "The Slip" when
they attempt to confront him and issue him a personal subpoena. In
his office, he reverses the roles acting like he is an angry unknown
who is also looking to give Slipp a piece of his mind. He knowingly
mistakes all three of the Stooges separately for Slipp (as a part
of his plan) and knocks them all unconcious. The boys catch up with
Slipp, however, when they realize he is headed to catch a train. On
the train (which is carrying a ferocious Lion) justice pervails when
the Stooges outwit Slipp, cornering him in a baggage car and recover
their own inheritance.
Did you know that Curly Howard has
a cameo as a sleeping passenger on the train? This is the only time
you'll see all four Stooge - Moe, Larry, Curly, & Shemp together
in a short subject presentation.
Did you know that Curly's part was
unscripted, and it was filmed without the rest of the cast on set?
The Lion and the Louse / FN:
as Booty and the Beast (3/5/53), using stock footage, and reusing
Curly's cameo. Old footage is also used in Loose Loot (4/2/53)
and in Tricky Dicks (5/7/53). File cabinet gag is also used in
Go West (1940) witht he Marx Brothers. "Charlie, the Man
with the Goofy Limp" gag is also featured in Uncivil Warriors
(4/6/35) and in From Nurse to Worse (8/23/40).