‘The Sitter-Downers’ is the 27th Three Stooges short made for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Thursday May 27th to Wednesday, June 2nd, 1937 and was released on Friday, November 26th of that year. (Assuming that they took Sunday off, that means the shoot lasted a generous six days–most of the later Shemp shorts only had four day shoots). Although it takes fully half the film’s running time (about eight minutes) to get the plot set-up out of the way, it’s worth wading through. The second half is one of the greatest sustained Stooge situational set-pieces ever filmed–they’re building a house on a large empty lot that must have been located at the Columbia Pictures ranch in North Hollywood. Enjoy!


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