Pardon My Scotch

Pardon My Scotch is a 1935 short subject directed by Del Lord starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the ninth entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who appeared in 190 shorts at the studio between 1934 and 1959.

Pardon My Scotch
Directed byDel Lord
Written byAndrew Bennison
Produced byJules White
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Nat Carr
James C. Morton
Billy Gilbert
Gladys Gale
Al Thompson
Symona Boniface
CinematographyGeorge Meehan
Edited byJames Sweeney
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 1, 1935 (1935-08-01) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States


The Stooges, working as carpenters for at least ten years, are temporarily left in charge of a drugstore while the store's owner, Jones heads down to the liquor supplier to confront them. When a liquor supplier (Nat Carr) stops by and asks for a drink, the Stooges mix a drink using all manner of medicines and chemicals, and mixed with a rubber boot. The concoction reacts, and it is so strong that it cuts through a wicker chair serving as an improvised sieve. But the salesman loves the libation (which he thought was Scotch), and he convinces the Stooges to pose as Scotsmen and attend a party at his boss' house, where he can sign the Stooges to a liquor contract for their invention, dubbed the "Breath of Heather".

After a raucous Highland Fling dance and a dinner (which Moe destroys by slapping Curly over the table), the barrel of the lethal "scotch" is presented. The Stooges' attempt to tap the barrel results in an explosion which engulfs all the party guests in a sea of foam.




Production notesEdit

Pardon My Scotch was filmed on April 11–15, 1935,[1] sixteen months after the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which ended the American experiment with Prohibition. This event is an integral part of the storyline, with the drugstore owner (Al Thompson) frantically attempting to lay in a stock of liquor in anticipation of the imminent end of Prohibition.[2]

The title Pardon My Scotch parodies the expression "Pardon my French."[2] The term "Scotch" for "Scottish" is now considered impolite, although "Scotch" as a type of whiskey is still acceptable.

Pardon My Scotch is the first Stooge film to employ "Listen to the Mocking Bird" as the Stooges' official theme song, as arranged by Louis Silvers. It would be used up to and including 1939's Three Little Sew and Sews.[2]

The gag of tossing fruit into a singer's open mouth was reused in the 1945 film Micro-Phonies.[2]

When the liquor supplier prepares to consume the Stooges' volatile concoction, they wish him well in a triad pattern saying "Over the river," "Skip the gutter," and concluding with "Ver geharget," a Yiddish expression meaning "get killed"[2] or "drop dead." .Pardon My Scotch would later be remake of 1935's A Night at the Opera starring The Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx and Harpo Marx) release by MGM (the brothers signed MGM),[3]

The Marx Brothers for MGM's 5 comedy features with the stars (remake for the Stooges' five short films starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx and Chico Marx)Edit

Moe's injuryEdit

During the opening scene where the boys are assembling a door, Moe asks Curly to saw a piece of wood for him. Curly lays the wood on top of a wooden table, which Moe happens to be standing on. Curly then proceeds to buzzsaw both the wood and table in half, with the table splitting in two. However, the table split inward on Moe's half of it, and Moe came crashing down on his left side, breaking three ribs. He was able to pull himself up and deliver a double slap to Larry and Curly before collapsing. Moe was then rushed to the hospital while production ceased briefly.[4] In his 1977 autobiography Moe Howard and the Three Stooges (later published as I Stooged to Conquer), Moe incorrectly identified the film in which this injury occurred as Beer and Pretzels.[4]

To avoid additional injuries, the painful footage was reused in 1943 at the start of Dizzy Detectives.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Pardon My Scotch at
  2. ^ a b c d e f Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 66–67. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4.
  3. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (July 7, 2012). "The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Howard, Moe (1977). Moe Howard and the Three Stooges. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-8065-0723-1.

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