Production Information
A Gem of A Jam
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 76
Release Date: December 30, 1943
Running Time: 16:27


Short Take 

“I wouldn’t say yes, but I couldn’t say no.” “Would you say maybe?” “I might!”
(Curly and Larry)

Janitors, the Stooges are cleaning a doctor’s office when a wounded crook and his two henchmen enter. They try to tell him they aren’t doctors, but the crooks demand treatment. The wounded man accidentally falls out of the window during the “operation” and the Stooges escape. But they’re now on the run from the crook’s accomplices and the cops who’ve mistaken them for the fugitives.

Cast & Crew

Directed byDel Lord
Produced byHugh McCollum
Written byMonte Collins
Elwood Ullman
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Dudley Dickerson
Al Hill
Fred Kelsey
John Tyrrell
Frank O’Connor
Al Thompson
CinematographyJohn Stumar
Edited byPaul Borofsky


  • The gag of Curly stepping out of a trough appearing as a ghost first appeared in the 1934 Laurel and Hardy film The Live Ghost.
  • When the night watchman (Dudley Dickerson) backs into the mannequin, he shouts, “I’m losing my mind!” This line, however, has been muted for television broadcasts and home video releases.

Production Notes

A Gem of a Jam was filmed on June 12-16, 1943. The Stooges released more short subjects in 1943 than any other year at Columbia Pictures, A Gem of a Jam being the tenth entry.