GenreComedy, Short CinematographyRay Cory CountryUnited States
Release dateJune 21, 1956 (1956-06-21) WriterFelix Adler (story), Jack White (screenplay) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Black-and-white CastShemp Howard (Shemp), Larry Fine (Larry), Moe Howard (Moe), Vernon Dent (Hassan Ben Sober), George J. Lewis (Ginna Rumma) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Fantasia, Tangled Ever After
Rumpus in the Harem is the 171st short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1956 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.
The Stooges play the proprietors of the Cafe Casbah Bah, a Middle Eastern restaurant. One morning, Moe and Larry are awakened by their crying sweethearts, who are in need of money to pay off a bad debt. While attempting to prepare a meal for customers Hassan Ben Sober (Vernon Dent) and the Gin of Rummy (George J. Lewis), the Stooges try to think of a way to raise the needed cash. In the interim, they discover a plan that their hungry customers are hatching. These two thieves are attempting to rob the tomb of Rootentooten, which contains a priceless diamond, but they discover that the Emir of Schmow (Johnny Kascier) has already gotten his hands on the diamond. The two plotters start wailing and are thrown out of the restaurant. The Stooges then attempt to retrieve the diamond themselves, as there is a $50,000 reward at stake.
The Stooges arrive at the Emir of Shmow's palace, all three dressed as Santa Claus. They then manage to acquire the diamond and make a quick exit, but not before dealing with a burly guard.