Quiz Whizz is the 183rd 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.


Sweepstakes winner Joe is taken to the cleaners by con men G. Y. Prince (Milton Frome) and R. O. Broad (Bill Brauer) by investing his winnings in Consolidated Fujiyama California Smog Bags. The Stooges head to their offices to get Joe's money back. Instead, they find two sympathetic businessmen (the two crooks, in disguise) who offer to pay back the losses if Moe, Larry and Joe will pose as juvenile wards for a rich and eccentric millionaire, Montgomery M. Montgomery (Gene Roth). But Montgomery is actually Prince's and Broad's gang leader, and plotting to kill the Stooges.


Quiz Whizz features Moe and Larry's more "gentlemanly" haircuts, first suggested by Joe Besser. These had to be used sparingly, however, as most of the shorts with Besser were remakes of earlier films, and new footage had to be matched with old. In Quiz Whizz, however, Larry's frizz is combed back, while Moe retained his sugarbowl bangs. This seeming inconsistency accommodated the gag of a frightened Moe with hair standing on end.


  • Moe (frantically): "I'd like to report a missing person. Name? Joe Besser. Height? Well, he's about 5-foot-5 by 5-foot-5. Color of hair? Skin!"


  • Lenburg, Jeff; Howard Maurer, Joan; Lenburg, Greg; (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook, p. 264, Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5
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