A Missed Fortune is the 137th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


Shemp wins $50,000 for accidentally guessing the correct make of a car for a radio contest. The boys check in at the Hotel Costa Plente, and quickly spend their winnings. Their suite is furnished with many expensive items, which they systematically destroy. The hotel manager (Vernon Dent) then delivers a telegram to the stooge's suite, and discovers the destruction. The telegram reveals that taxes withheld from Shemp's winnings reduce the $50,000 windfall to a minuscule $4.85.

Just then, three attractive gold diggers (Nanette Bordeaux, Vivian Mason, Suzanne Ridgeway), who are also guests at the hotel, connive their way into the boys' room. After twice drenching the girls with ice water from champagne buckets, the girls hit the stooges over the head with champagne bottles.


  • A Missed Fortune is a reworking of 1938's Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb. Minimal stock footage, however, is utilized from the original film.
  • This is the last Three Stooges film to be released during Curly Howard's lifetime. He died on January 18, 1952.
  • The glue Moe accidentally pours onto his hot cakes, "Stik Fast Glue", is ironically the very product Curly was writing a slogan for in Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb.


  • Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 398; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4