Three Smart Saps is the 64th short film starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

Its title is a play on the 1936 musical comedy film Three Smart Girls. The scene featuring Curly's loosely basted suit that comes apart at the seams while he is on the dance floor was a routine borrowed from Harold Lloyd's 1925 film The Freshman.

Plot Edit

The Stooges must get their future father-in-law (John Tyrrell) out of jail. Apparently, the father is a prison warden who has been overthrown and put behind bars by the local mafia. The Stooges manage to sneak into the prison, find the father-in-law to be, and start snapping as many incriminating photos of the mafia's party as possible. As a result, the real crooks are served justice, and the Stooges marry their sweethearts.


  • Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 63. ISBN 0-89950-181-8.