GenreComedy, Short CinematographyHenry Freulich CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 29, 1938 (1938-07-29) WriterSearle Kramer (story), Searle Kramer (screenplay) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Black-and-white CastCurly Howard (Curly), Jane Hamilton (Mirabel Mirabel), Ray Corrigan (The Gorilla (Naba)) Similar moviesTugboat Mickey, Orphan's Benefit, Mickey's Birthday Party, Symphony Hour, Pacific Rim, The Artist
Three Missing Links is the 33rd short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1938 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 boys are janitors at Hollywood studio Super Terrific Productions. They are cleaning the office of B. O. Botswaddle (James C. Morton), who is reviewing a script for a new picture "Jilted In The Jungle" where the leading man will be a gorilla. After nearly destroying Botswaddle's office, Curly does his classic imitation of a "chicken with its head cut off" followed by other motions that cause Botswaddle to declare Curly to be the "dead image of the missing link" and sends the boys off to Africa to begin shooting.
While setting up camp, Curly buys some "love candy" from a cannibalistic medicine man (John Lester Johnson), in hopes of impressing leading lady Mirabel Mirabel (Jane Hamilton). Curly has problems driving the spikes into the ground, for the purposes of securing the tent, in which the spikes leap out if the ground repeatedly. Also, while the Stooges are sleeping, a lion comes to lick the feet of the stooges, licking them, until the lion roars, causing the frightened Stooges to flee with their tent. Problems arise when Curly (dressed as a gorilla) gets entangled with a real gorilla (Ray "Crash" Corrigan), who scares the film crew off the set. The gorilla then turns his attention to Curly, who, in trying to placate the beast, eats some of the love candy and falls in love with it. The gorilla, repulsed, dashes off with a lovestruck Curly in pursuit.