Three Little Sew and Sews

Three Little Sew and Sews is a 1939 short subject directed by Del Lord starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 36th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

Three Little Sew and Sews
Directed byDel Lord
Produced byJules White
Written byEwart Adamson
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Harry Semels
James C. Morton
Phyllis Barry
Bud Jamison
Vernon Dent
Lew Davis
Ned Glass
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byCharles Nelson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 9, 1939 (1939-01-09) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States


The Stooges are sailors employed in a naval base tailor shop. The three steal officer uniforms in order to pursue women. While pretending to be an Admiral, Curly and his "aides" (Moe and Larry) are tricked into stealing a submarine by a pair of spies. The Stooges eventually capture the spies, but whilst reenacting the capture for the real Admiral, Curly accidentally detonates a bomb. The short ends with the Stooges, now angels ascending to heaven, being chased by an angry Admiral, who is also now an angel.[1]

Production notesEdit

Three Little Sew and Sews was filmed on March 21-24, 1938, and was the last entry to utilize "Listen to the Mockingbird" as the Stooges' official theme song. It was filmed directly after Violent Is the Word for Curly but before Flat Foot Stooges, the latter being the first film to employ "Three Blind Mice" as the Stooges' official theme song.[2]

The title Sew and Sew is a euphemism on "so and so," a softly worded insult for a person one finds unimpressionable.[3] (generally a "son-of-a-bitch").[2]

Three Little Sew and Sews is one of several Stooge shorts in which a sofa spring manages to become attached to someone's backside. This gag was also used in Hoi Polloi, An Ache in Every Stake, Hugs and Mugs and Have Rocket, Will Travel. In addition, footage of war scenes were later used in Boobs in Arms and They Stooge to Conga. The short is also the fifth of sixteen Stooge shorts with the word "three" in the title.[3]

Unlike most Stooge films, Three Little Sew and Sews ends with the trio being killed. This plot device was only used in a handful of their shorts, among them being You Nazty Spy! and Half Shot Shooters.


  1. ^ Garza, Janiss. "Three Little Sew and Sews (1938)". New York Times Movies. The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  2. ^ a b Three Little Sew and Sews at
  3. ^ a b Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 140; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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