Production Information
Short Number: 185
Release Date: June 12, 1958
Running Time: 16:09

“There is definite evidence of Vacancy of the Cranium.”


Short Take

Pies and Guys, the third Stooge adaptation of Pygmalion, the trio are repairmen who make a scene in the presence of two psychologists, Professors Quackenbush (Milton Frome) and Sedletz (Gene Roth). Quackenbush makes a bet with Sedletz that he can turn The Boys into gentlemen. Training is slow and painful for the professor, who pulls his hair out in disgust. However, The Stooges do have the opportunity to flirt with the professor’s assistant (Greta Thyssen), while learning proper table etiquette. Finally, The Stooges will decide the wager by their behavior at a fancy society party.

Naturally, the party goes awry. Joe greets the Countess Spritzwasser (Harriette Tarler) by kissing her hand and biting off the diamond in her ring. Realizing this, Moe and Larry take Joe to a secluded area to lecture him, only to find he has swiped a load of silverware.

Joe then grabs a pie from a pastry table and tries to eat it whole. Moe sees this, swipes the pie, and pushes Joe out of the way. Seeing another guest, Mrs. Smythe-Smythe (Symona Boniface), approaching, Moe tosses the pie straight up—to which it attaches itself to the ceiling. Seeing that he can barely get a sentence out, she sympathetically comments, “young man, you act as if you have the Sword of Damocles hanging over your head.” Moe replies that Mrs. Smythe-Smythe is a psychic and flees, to which the pie comes crashing down on the society matron. This sparks off a massive pie melee that takes no prisoners.

Pies and Guys Cast & Crew

Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byJack White
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe Besser
Greta Thyssen
Milton Frome
Gene Roth
Emil Sitka
Harriette Tarler
Helen Dickson
CinematographyIrving Lippman
Edited byHarold White

Pies and Guys Trivia

Production Notes

New footage was shot in two days on May 6–7, 1957