Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938)

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Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938)

Curly wins $50,000 in a radio contest and the stooges move into the Hotel Costa Plente. Their suite is furnished with many expensive items which they systematically wreck, running up quite a bill. When they discover that, minus tax deductions, the jackpot is only $4.85 they quickly agree to marry three pretty rich widows who are also living in the hotel. The "widows" are actually gold diggers conniving to the get the jackpot money. When the girls find out what the jackpot is really worth, the boys get conked with champagne bottles.
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IMDb   7.8 /10
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
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Creators
Director Del Lord
Writer Searle Kramer
Information
Release Date1938-05-19
Runtime16min
GenreComedy, Short
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards
CompanyColumbia Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Moe Howard
Moe Howard
Moeas Moe
Larry Fine
Larry Fine
Larryas Larry
Curly Howard
Curly Howard
Curly Howardas Curly Howard
Bobby Burns
Bobby Burns
Room Service Waiteras Room Service Waiter
Jean Carmen
Jean Carmen
Marge - Gold-digging Widowas Marge - Gold-digging Widow
Earlene Heath
Earlene Heath
Lil - Gold-digging Widowas Lil - Gold-digging Widow
Bud Jamison
Bud Jamison
House Detectiveas House Detective
Lucille Lund
Lucille Lund
Daisy - Gold-digging Widowas Daisy - Gold-digging Widow
Gene Morgan
Gene Morgan
Radio Announceras Radio Announcer
Hotel Manageras Hotel Manager

Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb

Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb is a 1938 short subject directed by Del Lord starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 31st entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


Plot

Curly wins $50,000 from writing a catchy jingle for a radio contest. The boys quickly spend their loot, and check in at the Hotel Costa Plente. Their suite is furnished with many expensive items which they systematically destroy. In the process, three gold diggers connive their way into the boys' room, under the guise that they are three rich widows looking to remarry. This works perfectly, as Curly quickly discovers that all the tax deductions reduce his winnings to a minuscule $4.85. The gentlemen hastily agree to marry the ladies, who soon find out the Stooges are broke and knock them unconscious with champagne bottles.


Production notes

The title Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb is a parody of Benjamin Franklin's proverb "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." It would be remade as 1952's A Missed Fortune, with minimal stock footage.