An Ache in Every Stake (1941)

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An Ache in Every Stake (1941)

The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several cakes that a wealthy man is trying to bring home. When their antics cause the servants at their customer's house to quit, the boys are hired to take their place and prepare a dinner party. What they don't know is that the party is for the man whose cakes they wrecked. When Moe's gas filled cake explodes and the man realizes who they are, they must leave in a hurry.
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IMDb   8.3 /10
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Creators
Director Del Lord
Writer Lloyd French
Information
Release Date1941-08-21
Runtime18min
GenreShort, Comedy
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
Awards
CompanyColumbia Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Larryas Larry
Curly Howard
Curly Howard
Curlyas Curly
Wilson Benge
Wilson Benge
Butleras Butler
Symona Boniface
Symona Boniface
Party Guestas Party Guest
The Cookas The Cook
Poindexter Lawrenceas Poindexter Lawrence
Dice
Dice
Horseas Horse
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
Mrs. Lawrenceas Mrs. Lawrence
Bud Jamison
Bud Jamison
The Bakeras The Baker
Carl M. Leviness
Carl M. Leviness
Party Guestas Party Guest
Blanche Payson
Blanche Payson
The Maidas The Maid
Larry Steers
Larry Steers
Party Guestas Party Guest
Victor Travis
Victor Travis
Ice Customeras Ice Customer
Dorothy Vernon
Dorothy Vernon
Ice Customeras Ice Customer
Bert Young
Bert Young
Taxi Driveras Taxi Driver

An Ache in Every Stake

An Ache in Every Stake is a 1941 short subject directed by Del Lord starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 57th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


Plot

The Stooges are icemen that have fallen asleep in their delivery wagon. Their horse wakes them up by bucking and sending Moe & Larry tumbling out of the back of the wagon. Curly finds his face and head embedded in a large block of ice after having used it for a pillow. Moe and Larry break him out of it, and they begin their ice block deliveries. After several deliveries they are called to make a delivery at a house atop a long, high staircase. It is so high that every time they go up, the ice melts to a small cube. They make several attempts including relaying it successfully to the top, only to have Curly drop it. It is during these attempts and arguments that they twice bump into Mr. Lawrence (Vernon Dent) and ruin his cakes.

When the Stooges' antics cause the servants (Blanche Payson and Gino Corrado) at their customer's (Bess Flowers) house to quit, they volunteer to replace them and prepare dinner for her husband's birthday party. Unbeknownst to them, her husband is Mr. Lawrence, whose elaborate cakes they had wrecked earlier in the day.

While working in the kitchen, Larry tells Curly to shave some ice — which Curly does by placing a block of ice on a chair, slathering the bottom of the block with shaving cream, and using a straight razor to shave off the cream. Moe interrupts Curly and tells him to go back to stuffing the turkey, which Curly does by incorrectly following the stuffing directions. When dinner is served, one of the guests finds a ring and a wristwatch in her stuffing, believing it to be prizes. But the ring & watch turn out to belong to Curly, who lost them off his hand while stuffing the turkey. When the birthday cake they prepare is finished, it is accidentally pierced, and it deflates. The boys "re-inflate" the cake using town gas through the gas stove's connection.

During the party, the Stooges sing a "Happy Birthday" song to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down"; when Mr. Lawrence blows out the candles, the gas-filled cake explodes. Mr. Lawrence angrily realizes who the new 'help' are, and the Stooges are forced to leave in a hurry, riding a flat board down the stairs, and tumbling off near the bottom.


Production notes

Although similar in appearance, the long staircase seen in the film is not the same one used in Laurel and Hardy's lost film Hats Off (1927) nor the Academy Award-winning film The Music Box (1932). The stairs — 147 steps in length — are approximately two miles northeast, located at Fair Oak View Terrace and Edendale Place in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. Unlike the stairs in The Music Box, this stairway begins from a cul-de-sac. Filming was completed March 26-29, 1941.

Curly's turkey-stuffing scene was performed earlier by Shemp Howard in the 1934 film A Peach of a Pair and again by Shemp in the Stooges' 1952 film Listen, Judge.

The plot device of carrying ice up a flight of stairs derives from the Billy Bevan silent film Ice Cold Cocos (1926), also directed by Del Lord. According to the SilentEra website, Ice Cold Cocos used the same staircase as Hats Off and The Music Box.

This is one of several Stooge shorts in which a sofa spring becomes attached to someone's backside. This gag was also used in Hoi Polloi, Three Little Sew and Sews, Hugs and Mugs and Have Rocket, Will Travel. The film marked the final appearance of supporting actress Bess Flowers with the Stooges.

An Ache in Every Stake is considered a quintessential Three Stooges film. Ranking as a consistent fan favorite,a colorized version was released in 2004 as part of the DVD collection "Stooged & Confoosed."