Ants in the Pantry (1936)

Ants in the Pantry poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
Directed by: Jack White

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: The Three Stooges are trying to drum up new business as exterminators and release a variety of vermin in a posh house then have to do their jobs during a party without being detected.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Throughout the short film Curly is carrying around what is supposed to be a bagful of cats, one of the weapons in the trio’s exterminating arsenal.  Whenever he carries the bag over his shoulder the head of a tabby cat is protruding from a hole.

Ants in the Pantry - Moe and boss with Curly Howard holding bag with tabby cat head sticking out

Ants in the Pantry - Moe with Curly Howard holding bag with tabby cat head sticking out

Ants in the Pantry - Three Stooges sneaking up to house with Curly Howard holding bag with tabby cat head sticking out

The cat’s head is seen in many scenes.

Ants in the Pantry - Three Stooges with Curly Howard holding bag with tabby cat head sticking out

Ants in the Pantry - Three Stooges outside house with tabby cat head sticking out of bag

Ants in the Pantry - Moe Howard hitting on maid with Curly Howard and bag with tabby cat head sticking out

Ants in the Pantry - Curly Howard holding bag with tabby cat head sticking out and society matron

Kitty Carnage Warning! At one point Larry suggests they hide the bagful of cats inside an upright piano.  Of course a famous pianist starts to perform and the cats yowl part of The Blue Danube.  When the startled pianist opens the lid of the piano, several cats are literally thrown out of the instrument (presumably by someone inside).

Ants in the Pantry - white cat jumps out of piano scaring concert pianist

Ants in the Pantry - Three Stooges and cats jumping out of piano animated gif

Moe tells Larry to get the cats out of the piano and he opens the lids to crawl in as more cats are thrown out.

Ants in the Pantry - white cat jumps out of piano onto Larry Fine's back

Final Mewsings: It’s hard to upstage The Three Stooges!


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