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The Three Stooges: Healthy, Wealthy & Dumb [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & video
  • Full-screen presentations
  • Audio: English [mono], Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Episode selections
  • Animated menus

Synopsis

If a Body Meets a Body
Written, produced, and directed by the White brothers, Jules and Jack, this two-reeler starred the Three Stooges in a traditional haunted house setting. They arrive at the spooky mansion for the reading of a will, only to find the lawyer murdered. Locked up with the rest of the potential heirs, the three dimwits learn the hard way that "the butler did it."Opening with an almost too realistic murder, the comedy never really gets back on the laugh track. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Phony Express
In spite of its name, Peaceful Gulch is riddled by bullets and bad guys. The sheriff needs some men either brave enough or stupid enough to get rid of the varmints. When he sees a wanted poster for The Three Stooges (their crime is vagrancy and the reward is fifty cents, or three for a dollar), he decides to go the latter route. Although he plants an item in the paper claiming they're famous marshalls, the boys are almost chased out of town after an encounter with a medicine show. The sheriff finally puts them in charge of guarding the bank, which gets robbed while their backs are turned. To avoid being lynched, the Stooges scour the nearby area, using Curly as a bloodhound. Eventually they find the stolen money under the floorboards of a cabin and capture the bad guys with the use of bear traps. But the main varmint (the ever-dependable Bud Jamison) enters the cabin and Curly has to hide with the loot in the stove. The bandit drops his cigar in the stove which sets off the bullets in Curly's gun belt. The wildly spinning stove sends off a hail of gunfire for an abrupt ending. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Gents Without Cents
Columbia's shorts producer (and sometime Stooges director), Jules White, was especially fired up with the patriotic spirit during World War II. Like many Three Stooges comedies made in the early '40s, this one has quite a number of references to the war. It begins with the boys working on their skit -- the famous "slowly I turned, step by step..." routine. But they can't complete it because of the banging that is going on upstairs. They charge up there to harangue the noisemakers only to find themselves face to face with three lovely acrobatic dancers, Mary, Flo and Shirley (the trio Lindsay, Laverne and Betty). The girls accompany the Stooges while they audition for agent Manny Wells, who sends them over to the Noazark Shipbuilding Company to entertain the defense workers. They do all of the Niagara Falls skit (and it's interesting to note that Larry clearly flubs a line), but then Wells gets word that the headliners, Castor and Earl have canceled. The Stooges and the girls offer to take their place and save the day. Wells is so grateful he offers to send the boys to Broadway -- but the girls won't let them go until they get hitched. The last scene finds them all on their honeymoon, headed for -- Niagara Falls. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb
The Three Stooges strike it rich -- at least temporarily -- in this comic short. While Moe and Larry are playing cards (using pancakes as chips), Curly is trying to come up with a winning slogan for a radio contest involving Stickfast glue. The only result of his efforts is that Moe accidentally glues his mouth shut. But Curly does win fifty thousand dollars from Coffin Nail Cigarettes and they boys are in the money. Dressed in tuxedos, they check into the Hotel Costa Plenty, where the manager has the misfortune of putting them in the same room as a five thousand dollar Ming vase, and a bed that dates back to Henry VIII (they're more used to Sears Roebuck the third). Needless to say, both items wind up thoroughly destroyed. To their relief, the Stooges receive the telegram containing the prize money -- but after taxes it only amounts to $4.85. The suspicious manager plants a hotel detective (Bud Jamison) outside their door as the boys plot an escape. Meanwhile, down the hall, three scheming women are plotting to nab the supposedly rich Stooges. After they've tricked marriage proposals out of the boys, they find the telegram. While the hotel manager is on his way up the fire escape to catch the Stooges, the girls storm over to their suite and knock them out with a trio of empty champagne bottles. This picture was remade with Shemp Howard in 1952 as A Missed Fortune. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Rockin' Thru the Rockies
A constant in nearly all Three Stooges comedies is at least one pretty girl -- this short has three. One of them, billed as Linda Winters, would become better known as Dorothy Comigone -- by then she would work her way up from supporting the Stooges to supporting Orson Wells in Citizen Kane. The Stooges are three half-baked hoofers, circa the late 1800s, who are helping (if you can call it "help") a trio called Nell's Belles travel across the rugged plains of the Midwest, through the Rockies and up to San Francisco, the location of their next date. None of the girls have much faith in the boys, and Nell, the matron who watches over them, has even less. They stop their wagon to fix up some grub, but are interrupted by a threatening group of Indians who urge them to get off their land as quickly as possible. Leaving is easier said than done, as Curly scares off the horses when he discharges his gun. They are stuck there for the night and it snows while they are asleep. A bear has eaten all their food, so the Stooges go to a nearby lake and cut three holes through the ice so they can fish. This proves to be the funniest scene in the picture, as Curly and Larry pull Moe through one hole and out the other -- "Hey, this fish looks like Moe," Curly remarks. "It is Moe! We're sorry, Moe" says Larry in abject apology, "I thought you was a fish." Moe, of course, responds with the usual Stooges violence. Their adventure is interrupted by Nell, in a panic because the Indians have kidnapped the Belles. The ladies manage to escape on their own, and everyone jumps on the wagon. The Stooges unfurl a sail they have made out of a backdrop and off they go. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Whoops! I'm an Indian
In one of The Three Stooges' lesser comedies, the boys play a trio of Northwest frontier con artists. They are on the run after tricking some men out of their money at a rough saloon -- for violating the gaming laws, they are wanted "dead or in bad shape." On top of that, they're broke -- says Curly, "I threw away the money so I could run faster." They go hunting for some food and prove that, left on their own, their survival skills won't carry them very far. Meanwhile, Lucky Pierre, a brutal trapper, has discovered that his wife just left him for an Indian. He storms out of his cabin to kill any Indian that comes his way. The Stooges break into his home and unfortunately, they choose Indian costumes as disguises. They meet up with Pierre back at the saloon, but before he can do them any major damage, he falls for Curly, who is dressed like a squaw. Moe prods the reluctant Curly into sticking with Pierre, at least temporarily. The trapper weds Curly and gleefully carries him upstairs for the honeymoon. "For you I have the grand surprise!" he promises. "So have I," Curly mutters, "if you only knew it." In their room, Curly loses his wig, and Moe and Larry are discovered hiding under the bed. They run from Pierre and find what they think is a good hiding place. After Moe has shut the gate, a sign reveals it to be the Lobo jail. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

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