Three Smart Guys

Froggy, Mickey, Buckwheat in sequence where Froggy's and Buckwheat's fishing hooks snag each other.

Production Notes

Length: One Reel
Producer: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director: Edward Cahn
Photography: Jackson Rose
Editor: John D. Faure
Writer: Robert A. McGowan and Hal Law
Released: October 23, 1943
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Edward Fielding - Fisherman
  • Eleanor Taylor - Student
  • Marlene Kisker - Student
  • Marta Linden - Miss Pillsbury

The Short

Plot: Mickey, Froggy and Buckwheat are tired of school and would rather go fishing. They try to disrupt class and get tossed out, but instead, they have to stay longer afterward for punishment. They have to write "I will be a good pupil," a hundred times each; a feat Froggy finishes in record time by trapping three pieces of chalk in an eraser to write three sentences simultaneously. The next day, they decide to play hooky altogether, much to the surprise of Janet who chides them for their plans. Off at the lake, Froggy's and Buckwheat's fishing hooks snag each other from opposite sides of the pier, and they pull each other back and forth to physically impossible angles. Finally Froggy, announcing that he thinks he's caught a whale, asks for Mickey's help, and combined they pull Buckwheat into the water. When they try to pull him out, he returns the favor by accidentally pulling both of them in. Fortunately this results in Buckwheat catching a fish when it gets caught in the seat of his pants. By time things settle down, an old-timer comes round wondering why they're not in school. To get them back to school, he tells them that studying in school is the best way to catch the biggest fish, and somehow, someway, the advice works!

  • "They think they're smart - I think they're foolish!" - Janet


  • This short is basically a loose retread of Readin' And Writin'
  • The "gag" of Buckwheat and Froggy getting their lines tangled as they pull back and forth was recreated in The Little Rascals movie.
  • This short is credited by Maltin and Bann as one of the "heavy-handed" moralizing lessons which "sealed the lid on the coffin of the series."


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