Jerks of All Trades

Jerks of All Trades
Genre Sitcom, Television pilot
Directed by George Cahan
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Emil Sitka
Symona Boniface
Dink Trout
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1
Producer(s) Phil Berle
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 20 minutes
Distributor public domain
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 12, 1949

Jerks of All Trades is the title of an American television pilot released on October 12, 1949. It was the Three Stooges' first and only pilot made with Shemp Howard in the role of the third stooge. Filmed before a live studio audience, it was a pilot for a planned TV series on the then-new ABC Television Network; the series never went into production due to objections from Columbia Pictures, who held the trio under contract. The pilot film is currently in the public domain and is available on home video.


The overall concept of the series, was that each week The Stooges would try a different job or trade to see if eventually they might succeed. The comedy would ensue as each career they tried would eventually turn into a fiasco, In the pilot they try their hand as interior decorators. In their office, they meet a new client, Mr. Pennyfeather (Emil Sitka). Just a few moments after Pennyfeather arrives, Shemp accidentally spills ink down the front of Pennyfeather's suit, who becomes enraged. The Stooges then challenge Pennyfeather to mischief with them, featuring the famous "Texas" routine. After the some slapstick mayhem, they are successful in tossing Mr. Pennyfeather out of the office. Suddenly, the next client calls him on the phone for them to come in to manage her house. In her house, The Stooges not only hang wallpaper, but also manage to trash their client's home. Unfortunately, that woman is Mrs. Pennyfeather (Symona Boniface) and that house is Mr. Pennyfeather's house. After Mr. Pennyfeather comes home, the Stooges cover Mr. Pennyfeather with wallpaper and both Mr. Pennyfeather and the Stooges recognize each other (after Pennyfeather imitates the "Texas" routine done for him earlier by the Stooges). In a rage, both Pennyfeathers attack the boys with their own paint and utensils.

In the end, Moe, Larry, and Shemp, defeated, hang up their brushes.



  1. Grossman, Gary H. Saturday Morning TV, Dell Publishing, 1981
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