GenreShort, Comedy, Music CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline WriterFelix Adler (story) LanguageEnglish
Release dateSeptember 22, 1944 (1944-09-22) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Slapstick, Black-and-white CastCurly Howard (Curly), Lindsay Bourquin (Flo), Laverne Thompson (Mary), Betty Phares (Shirley) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Hic-cup Pup, Mickey and the Seal
Gents Without Cents is the 81st short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1944 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
The Stooges are small-time song-and-dance performers who are having trouble rehearsing due to loud tapping that is going on one story above them. When they go to give the rowdies a piece of their mind, three lovely ladies named Flo (Lindsay Bourquin), Mary (Laverne Thompson) and Shirley (Betty Phares) come to the door. It turns out the girls are performing their tap dance routine. The six become friends and go to a talent agent, Manny Weeks (John Tyrrell), to show of their stuff. However, he is at first unimpressed with the Stooges' act, but hires them anyway to perform at the Noazark Shipbuilding Company to entertain defense workers.
The Stooges, as "Two Souls and a Heel", slay the audience with their hilarious "Niagara Falls" routine ("slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch..."). When the boys receive word that the headliners (The Castor and Earl Review) have to bail, they and the girls offer to take their place. Weeks is so enthralled with the boys' performance that he offers to send the trio to Broadway.
The Stooges nearly leave their ladies, but end up getting married first with a honeymoon planned for — where else? — Niagara Falls.