G.I. Wanna Home

G.I. Wanna Home is the 94th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1946 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.

G.I. Wanna Home
Columbia Pictures tagged Moe and Larry's names incorrectly on this one-sheet for G.I. Wanna Home.
Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Judy Malcolm
Ethelreda Leopold
Doris Houck
Symona Boniface
Al Thompson
CinematographyGeorge F. Kelley
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 5, 1946 (1946-09-05) (U.S.)
Running time
15:54
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot

At the end of World War II, the Stooges are discharged from the service and return home. They are prepared to marry their fiancées (Judy Malcolm, Ethelreda Leopold, and Doris Houck), but are dispossessed. The boys search around for a room to rent, and hit blind alley after blind alley until finally settling for an open-lot-turned living quarters. All goes well with the unusual setup until a farmer on a tractor plows down the boys' domicile.

Afterwards, the Stooges build a pathetically small apartment from "their own little hands", with the living room, dining room, and kitchen cramped into the space of a den.

Production notes

G.I. Wanna Home is often inadvertently referred to as 'G.I. Wanna Go Home.'[1]

Curly's illness

G.I. Wanna Home was filmed on March 22–26, 1946,[2] near the end of Curly Howard's career. The 42-year-old comedian had suffered a series of minor strokes several months prior to filming, and his performances had been unpredictable. By the time of G.I. Wanna Home, he had lost a considerable amount of weight, and lines had creased his baby face. While director Edward Bernds devised ways to cover his illness, Jules White simply shifted the action towards Larry. The scene where Larry climbs the tree to grab eggs from a bird's nest would normally have revolved around Curly climbing up the tree. In addition, Curly could no longer ad lib for the camera as in previous instances. His scene where he cleans potatoes is sluggish and lethargic. Films like Playing the Ponies, An Ache in Every Stake, Sock-a-Bye Baby, and I Can Hardly Wait are finer examples of Curly preparing food and creating comedy genius with little effort.[3]

References

  1. Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 232; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4
  2. Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 121. ISBN 9781595800701.
  3. Lenburg, Jeff; Howard Maurer, Joan; Lenburg, Greg; (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook, p. 77, Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5
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