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The Knife of the Party

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The Knife of the Party
Directed byLeigh Jason
Written byArt Jarrett, Sr.
H.O. Kusell
Produced byAmadee J. Van Beuren
Monroe Shaff
Meyer Davis
StarringLillian Miles
Jack Good
Shemp Howard
James Fox
Charles Senna
The Girl Friends
Gertrude Mudge
Leo Kennedy
Rogers & Anthony
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Music byHarold Spina
Johnny Burke
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • February 16, 1934 (1934-02-16)
Running time
20 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Knife of the Party is a black-and-white short film starring Shemp Howard. The comedy was filmed at Van Beuren Studios and released by RKO Radio Pictures on February 16, 1934.

Shemp Howard and His Stooges

Shemp Howard makes an odd appearance as the lead stooge of four smack-around stooges. This act was presumably either a casting decision by the filmmakers or a short-lived act put together by Shemp. Shemp had been the original second stooge with Moe as First and Kenneth Lackey as the original third stooge. Three Stooges Shemp later left the act to be replaced by his brother Curly Howard, then returned after Curly retired in the wake of a series of strokes.

This feature appears on the Three Stooges DVD The Three Stooges: Greatest Hits and Rarities.


  • Lillian Miles - Donna
  • Jack Good - Walter Brown
  • Shemp Howard and his Stooges
    • James Fox - Stooge
    • Charles Senna - Stooge
  • The Girl Friends - Singing Trio
  • Gertrude Mudge - Mrs. Dora
  • Leo Kennedy - bit role
  • Rogers & Anthony - bit roles
  • Bill Lawley - bit role
  • Eddie Roberts - bit role
  • Sybil Byrne - bit role[1]


The songs, by Harold Spina (music) and Johnny Burke (lyrics),[2][3] include "Whistle While You Work" (not to be confused with the song made famous three years later in Walt Disney's animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).[4]


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