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The short Gents Without Cents was released on September 22nd in 1944. Besides being famous for the ‘Niagara Falls’ routine, which it was and still is, there is a bit of interesting bits about one of the bit players in this short. Who would that be, you ask? Why, that would be Judy Malcolm.
Okay…so can you tell us more? Soitenly! Judy was Fay Ray’s stand in the 1933 feature King Kong. She also performed some of the stunts. Her first actual screen credit came 10 years later in the 1943 short Dizzy Pilots, released September 24th. But she was never in the film! Judy, along with Sethma Williams, was credited as Girls In Hangar…but they actually were only used in publicity photos and lobby cards. So here’s a gal that did double duty in one film and her name is nowhere to be found and then gets a credit when she did not appear! Why, that’s a story like The Three Stooges would write! Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!
Judy Malcolm did appear in several Three Stooges shorts including as the heavenly switchboard operator in the 1948 short Heavenly Daze, a role she reprised in the 1955 remake titled Bedlam In Paradise. Yes…that’s her in the picture with Shemp, Moe and Marti Shelton as the angelic angel Miss Jones. As to Marti, these were not only her only two appearances with The Three Stooges…these were her only two film appearances!
Threes Everywhere! In a bit more quirky bits about a bit player, actor Al Thompson, born today, September 21st in Philadelphia in 1884 played in 33 films with The Three Stooges…and 3 of them were in feature length compilations and 3 were in Shemp & Curly Joe DeRita solos!
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