Cross-fade to next scene, where the busy work of tailors marches on. Moe's slicing some garlic with a razor blade... no, wait, that was GoodFellas. Moe's whittling something down with a razor blade, a bit of soap maybe. The point is, the razor blade falls into a broom. A fresh customer comes in to get his suit. Moe notices that the coat's got shmutz all over it, and orders Shemp to ... wait for it... brush him off. Shemp slowly grabs the broom with the blade in it, making sure we get a nice big eyeful of the gag to follow. Great direction, Weiss! The boys make small talk while Shemp devastates the back of the guy's coat. Shemp asks "Who made that hat?" The guy answers "My mother!" Shemp says, "I thought so." ...damn. So far, no YouTube poster finds that to be a postworthy exchange. Well, time will give it its due, I think. The dude walks away, double take, and we see the damaged coat for ourselves. Looks like the curtain a car drives through at the car wash! Very evenly spaced strips on the back of the guy's coat. I'll leave the real experts to explain Shemp's comeback.
In comes the dame, and the Stooges fawn over her, of course. She wants a dress dyed in henna. No, not henna color at all, but rather the brown reddish type. Odd, because Shemp never ate a brown radish before... this may go on for years! Anyway, out comes the part about looking for a coat and some slacks... she points to Hargin's clothes, saying "That's EXACTLY what I want!" With stars in their eyes, the Stooges all too eagerly oblige. And then, the untidy business of coin. A job like this calls for a human calculator. In the absence of Edgar Cayce, Shemp will have to do. Shemp gets to work. As it turns out, Moe's been paying attention, and he swaps out the safe combination with a different piece of paper at the last minute! Sneaky little devil. Speaking of the Devil at work in the world, the Stooges say the cost is $42.50, but the dame pays $450 for the suit, pulling out a stack of bills from another pocket. She's barely out the door when Moe says "Aren't we the saps. We had a fortune in our hands and let it slide through!" Yeah, no one was going to miss that. To kill some time before the big final showdown, they decide to search all the clothes more thoroughly for more hidden swag. This doesn't give tailors a black eye at all! Shemp manages to find a bill Moe's holding. Lol. A Day at the Races, anyone? Moe makes Shemp look like a V8.
The dude with the ripped coat comes back to thank the Stooges, adding that his wife really likes the coat. He says "She wants you to make a pair of pants that match." The three faint and fall backwards, because really, how else to react to that?
Cross-fade to the lion's den, where it's about to hit the fan. Hey, it's the guy who turns around and looks! I love that guy. Hargin gets his clothes back, but the safe combination's been replaced with a Pip Boys receipt. "They even took my bankroll, the dirty crooks," says Hargin. Off they go.
Horizontal wipe to next scene: the Stooges are hard at work, when three beefy guys pretending to be old men just waltz right in behind the counter! Shemp sees the telltale "TH" on the dude's coat, and probably oversteps his bounds by pulling on Hargin's fake beard. Again, we look to Loose Loot for similarities. Hargin asks Shemp about the scrap of paper. Shemp describes it very thoroughly, then says "I never sore it..." That's probably the highlight of the whole film right there.
And so, LET THE BIG FIGHT/CHASE BEGIN! The other two run off, and we're stuck with Shemp, who quickly dons the fake beard, fooling Hargin enough so that he loosens his grip. Hargin realizes he's been played; he turns around, kicks Shemp in the ass, then pulls the fake beard off Shemp! Karma is restored. Hargin literally bounces Shemp off the screen, Stage Right. Larry kicks his guy in the gut, while Moe gets tickled to death by the guy who turns and looks. Moe uses the old 360 fist on the guy, and sticks his head in the pancake maker. Good thing the Stooges aren't cannibals; otherwise, they'd be preparing some steamed skull for dinner. Remember! Twenty minutes per pound. Larry finishes hogtying his guy, and goes over to help out Moe with his head-steaming duties.
Meanwhile, Hargin's got Shemp in a tight spot. Hargin uses his vampire strength to lift Shemp up onto a circular clothesrack. This turns into a variation of the Stooges' tried and true two-men-in-a-coat fight routine. Shemp gets hit, spins around the clothesrack (12 fps, sped-up audio), and ends up hitting Hargin right back. After the second iteration, Hargin's jaw is getting a lot more elastic! Back to Schindell, who's getting steamed on both ends now. He gets his head removed from the steamer, and he releases a cloud of smoke from his mouth. As if all that torture wasn't enough, Moe gives him a light paddling on the head, which makes a very thunderous sound. DOWN GOES SCHINDELL! ...I mean, the guy who turns and looks. "Success!" say Moe and Larry to each other.
Hargin didn't learn from his mistake, and gives Shemp a third slap. Hargin gets hit by Shemp's foot this time, and faints. Moe and Larry help a screaming Shemp down from his lofty perch, and they celebrate anew with the downfall of Hargin. Officer Dent comes in to clean up the mess.
Moe asks about the reward money. Dent smugly replies, "Oh, I get the reward!... but here are some tickets to the Policeman's Ball." Dent goes to use their phone to call the paddywagon to pick up all the bad guys.
It's unclear who's crying at this point, but there are definitely tears shed, perhaps by Shemp. Fortunately, Hargin's the gift that keeps on giving, as Shemp stands next to a knocked-out Hargin and finds another wad of bills on Hargin's person. Like clockwork, Moe helps Shemp hide it from Dent, as Dent returns to take Hargin away. With Dent gone, it's now time to count the dirty spoils of justice. Will the Stooges pay their creditors on time? Will their tailoring equipment get repossessed? So many unanswered questions, but who cares. Time to move on to the next one, All Gummed Up.
-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan