Title: Hugs and MugsStudio: ColumbiaShort Number: 121
Release Date: February 2, 1950
Running Time: 15:57

“I’ve been asked to get married lots o’times.” “Who asked you?” “My father and mother.”
(Shemp & Larry)

Cast & Crew 

Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byClyde Bruckman
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Christine McIntyre
Nanette Bordeaux
Kathleen O’Malley
Emil Sitka
Joe Palma
Pat Moran
Wally Rose
CinematographyVincent J. Farrar
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant

Short Take 

After a prison stretch for a jewel robbery, three beautiful women search for a pearl necklace the police never found. Unfortunately for them, the warehouse where they hid it sold the pearls for back storage fees to three furniture repairman, Moe, Larry & Shemp. The girls follow The Stooges to their shop and pretend to flirt with them as a distraction, so they can search the shop for the necklace. But the molls’ gangster ex-boyfriends are hot on their trail, and slapstick mayhem ensues when the Stooges come to the girls’ defense.

Hugs and Mugs Trivia 

  • The only short not to be filmed inside the Columbia studios. It was actually shot at Darmour Studios.
  • Hugs and Mugs 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 PolloiThree Little Sew and SewsAn Ache in Every Stake and Have Rocket, Will Travel.
  • Who plays Fifi in Hugs And Mugs, Fifi in Pest Man Wins and a French showgirl in Loose Loot? Her name even sounds like a French wine. (A: Nanette Bordeaux).
  • This supporting actor appeared in 25 shorts from 1936 to 1956, and played Pinto in both Out West and Hugs and Mugs. Who is he? (A: Blackie Whiteford).