Sock-a-Bye Baby is the 66th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
Its title is a parody of the lullaby "Rock-a-bye Baby". The short is one of the rare few that contains explicit racial humor (after Curly begins singing a song about Japanese people, he catches himself and says "What am I sayin'? [spits Pew!] on the Japanese.") The U.S. was at war with Japan during World War II at the time, and jingoism was a presence in the media.
The Stooges awake in the middle of the night to a crying baby left on their doorstep. A letter from the despondent mother (Julie Gibson) states that baby Jimmie (Joyce Gardner) has been "abandoned." The Stooges react by taking the little guy in, feeding him, and trying their best to act fatherly.
Later, Larry finds a newspaper article stating a child kidnapping, and the Stooges believe that Jimmie is the child and the kidnappers left a phony note. When the mother and two motorcycle cops come to reclaim the baby, the Stooges evacuate their home quickly, with Jimmie in tow; unbeknownst to the stooges Jimmie crawled into the back seat of their car. The police on their motorcycles track them down and the baby is returned to the parents who, the father being one of the cops, reconcile. The Stooges, meanwhile, make a conspicuous escape by skittering away hidden in large haystacks.
- Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 217; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4