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Pick a Peck of Plumbers (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 23 July 1944 (USA)
Two vagrants get hired as plumbers' assistants. On their first job, they proceed to destroy a house while searching for a lost ring.


Jules White


Felix Adler (screenplay), Felix Adler (story)


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Cast overview:
El Brendel ... Axel Swenson
Shemp Howard ... Elmer Peabody


Two vagrants get hired as plumbers' assistants. On their first job, they proceed to destroy a house while searching for a lost ring.

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These nitwits are so funny...it's illegal! [One-sheet poster] See more »


Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

23 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sunk in the Sink See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Production number 4018. See more »


When the ladies get soaked after the water crashes through the ceiling, a crew member's backside and arms (presumably Jules White) can be seen moving on the left side of the screen. See more »


Axel Swenson: Elmer, that judge looks mad.
Elmer Peabody: [Looking the other way] He don't look mad to me.
Axel Swenson: Where're you looking? Over here.
Elmer Peabody: You know me and my eyes. Some days I see right and sometimes I can't see, at all.
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Edited from Andy Clyde Gets Spring Chicken (1939) See more »

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Ed Brendel AND Shemp Howard?!
4 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The teaming of Ed Brendel* and Shemp Howard in Pick a Peck of Plumbers" is odd. Brendel's shtick was pretending to be Swedish and he played Swedes in a ton of films (much like John Qualen). As for Shemp, well, he played total idiots...and the pair would seem to have little in common. Yet, for some strange reason Columbia Pictures thought that pairing the two would provide some laughs. Whether or not they were correct, I was curious about the teaming.

The film begins with the pair in court. They need to find jobs as soon as possible and take jobs working as plumbers....even though they know nothing about it. Not surprisingly, they end of making a huge mess of things...EXACTLY like the Three Stooges did several times in other Columbia shorts. In fact, it was almost indistinguishable for a Stooges film...apart from being SLIGHTLY less violent! An odd curio but not a particularly inspired or original film.

*FYI, Brendel wasn't Swedish but was born in the States from Irish/German parentage.

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