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A Merry Mix Up
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Release Date

March 28, 1957

Directed by

Jules White

Written by

Felix Adler

Produced by

Jules White

Preceded by

Muscle Up a Little Closer

Followed by

Space Ship Sappy

A Merry Mix Up is the 177th 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.

Cast[]

Plot[]

The Stooges play three sets of identical triplets, born one year apart. All nine brothers lose track of each other after World War II, unaware that they are all living in the same city. One set is single, one is engaged, and the other is married.

Trouble brews when the engaged set of brothers decided to celebrate at a local nightclub. Before they arrive, the unmarried set show up, followed by the fiancées of their brothers. The ladies start hugging and kissing the unsuspecting brothers. Within minutes, the wives of the married brothers show up, thinking their husbands are cheating on them. Hilarity ensues when the nightclub waiter (Frank Sully) walks in and sees all nine brothers simultaneously.

Notes[]

  • In this episode, the Three Stooges all together play nine different brothers. In order to achieve this, each stooge had to stand by a marker and filming of one scene was done three times, once with each set of triplets.
  • A Merry Mix Up is often viewed as not only the most creative, but the best Stooges short featuring Joe Besser as the third stooge. It currently holds a 6.9/10 on IMDb.
  • The opening music was also re-used in Muscle Up a Little Closer along with different music from various episodes.
  • Going by production order, it was filmed from May 14 to May 16, 1956. This film marked the last appearance of Nanette Bordeaux, who died on September 20, 1956; the film was released six months after her death.
  • Most like to the Muscle Up a Little Closer poster, Columbia Pictures mistakenly made a poster listing the Stooges as "Shemp, Larry and Joe". But since Shemp Howard already died on November 11, 1955, the poster was instead used for Moe entirely.
  • This episode is the final appearance that Nannette Bordeaux appeared with the stooges. This episode was made and released in March of 1957 that she died in September of 1956 6 months later.

Video[]

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The Three Stooges 177 A Merry Mix Up 1957 Joe Besser, Larry, Moe


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