Tassels in the Air is the 30th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges; its title is a play on the old expression, "Building castles in the air," i.e. dreaming of achieving the impossible. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


Newly rich Mrs. Smirch (Bess Flowers) has intentions to hire the in-demand interior decorator Omay (Jean De Briac) to redecorate her house in a bid to get in the "who's who" of the local rich elite. Omay accepts her offer.

Meanwhile, the Stooges are inept janitors who stencil the wrong occupation names on the doors of their office building. As a result, their janitors' room is labeled as belonging to Omay. It comes out that Curly has a strange proclivity to fly into a blind rage whenever he sees a tassel, placated only with soft tickling of his chin. While having lunch Moe and Larry try unsuccessfully to teach Curly Pig Latin with Curly thinking that the Pig Latin form of his name is "Curlycue".

Mrs. Smirch enters the building and mistakes Moe for Omay. The real Omay, offended that his office was mislabeled as the janitor's closet, gives up his lease. The boys' boss (Vernon Dent) immediately fires them, and they take on the ruse of Omay and his two colleagues with intention of doing the work on the Smirch household.

They arrive at the Smirch's residence and begin to work as Mrs. Smirch brings in a few of her new rich friends for a card game. However, the real Omay enters the home, exposes the boys as frauds and publicly embarrassing Mrs. Smirch. The Stooges, thinking Mrs. Smirch as a crook, seek revenge attempting to give her snooty pals the "Razzle Dazzle", which end up backfiring on them.

Production notesEdit

  • Tassels in the Air was filmed on November 26-30, 1937.
  • Many of the gags used in the table painting scene would be reused by Moe, Larry, and Shemp in their unsold television 1949 pilot Jerks of All Trades, which, coincidentally, also featured Symona Boniface. The gags would be recycled again the following year in A Snitch in Time.
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