April 1 / Prod. No. 420 / 18
m / ap Charley Chase and Hugh McCollum
/ d Charley Chase
/ st scr Al Giebler and Elwood Ullman
/ ph Allen
G. Siegler / e Arthur Seid / C:
Bess Flowers (Maggie Smirch), Vernon Dent (Building Superintendent),
Bud Jamison (Thaddeus Smirch), and Vic Travers (Elevator Man)
Janitors Moe, Larry, and Curly
create their own trouble by stenciling the wrong occupation names
on the doors of the office building they work for. The fact that "Maintenance
Room" is stenciled on the famous interior decorator Omay's door
confuses poor Mrs. Smirch, who accidentally mistakes Moe for Omay.
The sight of Mrs. Smirch's tassels makes Curly freak out, but Moe
and Larry calm him down by taking a paint brush to his chin. Seeing
an opportunity for some quick cash, the Stooges offer to redecorate
Mrs. Smirch's house during her bridge game. They end up ruining her
antique table as well as everything else in the house. Later, when
the real Omay drops by, Mrs. Smirch kicks the trio to the curb. I
guess as Moe stated "Their genious wasn't appreciated".
The idea of Curly going crazy was originated by Moe for Punch Drunks
Director Charley Chase starred in his own series of comedy shorts
at the Hal Roach Studios.
The most hilarious bit in this short is when Moe and Larry are trying
to explain the fine art of speaking in Piglatin to Curly. "I'm
N/A FN: A
partial reworking of Luncheon at Twelve (1933) with Charley Chase.
The gag of painting a cuckoo clock and revarnishing an antique table
was later used in A Snitch in Time (12/07/1950).