Production Information
He Cooked His Goose
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 140
Release Date: July 3, 1952
Running Time: 15:37

“I’m engaged to three beautiful girls! Just ask my secretary.”


Short Take

Larry is a womanizer who is having an affair with Moe’s wife, Belle (Mary Ainslee) while making eyes at Shemp’s fiancée, Millie (Angela Stevens), as well. Moe, however, tracks down the conniving Larry at his pet shop and gives him the works. Larry is able to think fast and convinces Moe he is innocent, which calms him down. Realizing he needs to cover his tracks, Larry looks for a “fall guy” in the form of Shemp. Larry then gets Shemp a job as an underwear salesman and the first place he goes is Moe’s home.

While Shemp is modeling his ware for Belle, Larry calls both Millie and Moe and lies to them about Shemp’s advances on Moe’s wife. Both of them go storming over to Moe’s, with Moe carrying a loaded gun. Looking to avoid being killed, Shemp flees up the chimney. After he fools Moe with a Santa Claus disguise, Shemp makes a quick getaway. Shemp then spies Larry coming. Now aware that Larry set him up, Shemp knocks Larry out and dresses him in the Santa outfit and sends him to Moe, Millie, and Moe’s wife. Moe unmasks Larry to the surprise of them all and chases him out of the apartment. Moe shoots Larry in the buttocks before accidentally shooting himself in the foot while celebrating.

He Cooked His Goose Cast & Crew

Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Angela Stevens
Mary Ainslee
Diana Darrin

He Cooked His Goose Trivia

  • Sadly, it was during the shooting of this short that Curly passed away
  • This was the first of seven Stooge appearances for Diana Darrin (sometimes referred to as Theila Darin)

Production Notes

  • He Cooked His Goose was filmed on January 7-9, 1952
  • This short would late be reworked with Joe Besser for Triple Crossed (1959)