Fright Night (1947)

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Fright Night (1947)

The stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty. The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for his opponent and the two boxers engage in some pre-match fisticuffs that result in a broken hand for the opponent. The stooges think they've put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward.
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Creators
Director Edward Bernds
Writer Clyde Bruckman
Information
Release Date1947-03-05
Runtime18min
GenreComedy, Short
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
Awards
CompanyColumbia Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Moe Howard
Moe Howard
Moeas Moe
Larry Fine
Larry Fine
Larryas Larry
Shemp Howard
Shemp Howard
Shempas Shemp
Chopper Kaneas Chopper Kane
Kitty Davisas Kitty Davis
Stanley Blystone
Stanley Blystone
First Policemanas First Policeman
Tiny Brauer
Tiny Brauer
Big Mikeas Big Mike
Heinie Conklin
Heinie Conklin
Watson's Handleras Watson's Handler
Dave Harper
Dave Harper
Second Policemanas Second Policeman
Tom Kingston
Tom Kingston
Chuckas Chuck
Mooseas Moose
'Gorilla' Watsonas 'Gorilla' Watson
Julia Sedsas Julia Seds

Fright Night (1947 film)

Fright Night is a 1947 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard, in his first starring role after returning to the act). It is the 98th 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 managers of a beefy boxer named Chopper Kane (Dick Wessel), and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster (Tiny Brauer) tells them to have Chopper lose (as he has a lot of money bet on his opponent Gorilla Watson) or they will lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty (Claire Carleton). The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for Gorilla and, in a fluke accident, Gorilla gets entangled with Moe and breaks his hand against a wall. The Stooges think they have put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward.


Cast

Credited

  • Moe Howard as Moe
  • Larry Fine as Larry
  • Shemp Howard as Shemp
  • Dick Wessel as Chopper Kane
  • Claire Carleton as Kitty Davis

Uncredited

  • Harold Brauer as Big Mike
  • Cy Schindell as Moose
  • Heinie Conklin as Watson's manager
  • Sammy Stein as Gorilla Watson
  • Stanley Blystone as Cop
  • Dave Harper as Cop
  • Tom Kingston as Chuck

Production notes

Fright Night marked the return of Shemp Howard to the Stooges, who had last performed with the act 17 years prior. Shemp agreed to rejoin the act until brother Curly Howard recovered enough to return to the Stooges (Curly never did). It was filmed June 5–8, 1946: production commenced less than one month after Curly suffered a debilitating stroke on May 6. The film was remade in 1955 as Fling in the Ring, using ample stock footage. It was Shemp's favorite Stooge film.