Idle Roomers (1944)

Article #1036 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-15-2004
Posting Date: 6-13-2004
Directed by Del Lord
Featuring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard

Three incompetent bellboys encounter a wolf man loose in the hotel.

This Three Stooges short probably has some of the stronger fantastic content of the ones I’ve seen, though the Wolf Man himself is one of the chunkier ones I’ve seen. It’s not one of their better shorts; the gags tend to be somewhat abbreviated so that we can have lots of scenes of the boys getting scared. Nevertheless, it has its moments, and they usually involve Curly. In one he tries to deliver a trunk while the carpet is being pulled out from under him, and in another one he participates in the old mirror reflection gag with his reflection being played by the Wolf Man (“I need a shave, but I don’t feel any hair!”).

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