Pardon My Backfire

Pardon My Backfire is the 149th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1953 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.

Pardon My Backfire
Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
Jack White
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Benny Rubin
Frank Sully
Phil Arnold
Fred Kelsey
Barbara Bartay
Diana Darrin
Angela Stevens
Ruth Godfrey
Blackie Whiteford
Jules White
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 15, 1953 (1953-08-15) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States


The Stooges are auto mechanics who need money in order to marry their sweethearts. While working in their auto garage, some escaped convicts pull in with a damaged fender. While the trio are working on the vehicle, they hear a news flash over the radio about some escaped convicts. They put the pieces together and realize that the baddies are right in their garage. The boys capture the crooks, collect the reward, and marry their sweethearts.

Production notes

Pardon My Backfire was the second and last short made by Columbia with the Stooges in 3D, the previous being Spooks! (released June 15). Pardon My Backfire premiered on August 15, 1953 with the 3D Columbia western The Stranger Wore a Gun[1] starring Randolph Scott and featuring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.

Like its predecessor, Pardon My Backfire took five full days to complete filming due to the complexity of shots and angles required for 3D viewing. New Stooge films produced at the time generally took no more than three days to complete, with remakes usually being completed in a single day.[2]

This is the third and final Stooge short with the words "pardon my" in the title.

This was also the last Stooge short featuring longtime supporting actor Fred Kelsey.[1]


  1. Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4
  2. Pardon My Backfire at

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