GenreComedy, Short Written byClyde Bruckman WriterClyde Bruckman LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 2, 1950 (1950-02-02) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Black-and-white CastShemp Howard (Shemp), Nanette Bordeaux (Fifi), Christine McIntyre (Lily), Kathleen O'Malley (Ella) Three Stooges Films moviesHugs and Mugs and The Tooth Will Out are part of the same movie series, Hugs and Mugs and Punchy Cowpunchers are part of the same movie series, Hugs and Mugs and Gents in a Jam are part of the same movie series, Hugs and Mugs and Dunked in the Deep are part of the same movie series, Hugs and Mugs and He Cooked His Goose are part of the same movie series
TaglineThree conniving women try to woo the Stooges out of a priceless necklace also pursued by mobsters.
Hugs and Mugs is the 121st short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1950 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
After a prison stretch for jewel robbery, three beautiful women search for a pearl necklace the police never found. Unfortunately for them, the warehouse where they hid it was sold for back storage fees to Shangri-La Upholstering Company operated by the Stooges.
As the boys set about the task of fixing and pricing various pieces of furniture, Shemp stumbles upon the necklace and keeps it for himself, despite Larry and Moe dismissing them as a "string of beads." The girls follow the Stooges to their shop, and pretend to flirt with them as a distraction, so they can search the shop for the necklace, resulting in the desecration of a chair. Shemp, convinced that the pearls are fake, tries to give the necklace to the girls, but the molls' gangster ex-boyfriends are hot on their trail and track them down to the shop, demanding the necklace. Slapstick mayhem ensues when the Stooges come to the girls' defense, resulting in a six-man hand-to-hand brawl that ends in a large box full of stuffing.
In the end, Shemp successfully lands blows on the head with an iron to the three gangsters, knocking them out cold. The girls run to their sides and decide there and then to give the pearls back to the rightful owners and disavow their criminal ways.