--------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Part 1 Introduction * Part 2 1934 - 1940 (Moe, Larry, Curly * Part 3 1941 - 1947 (Moe, Larry, Curly) * Part 4 1947 - 1952 (Moe, Larry, Shemp) * Part 5 1953 - 1959 (Moe, Larry, Shemp), (Moe, Lary, Joe) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1934 - 1940 (Moe, Larry, Curly) 1. Woman Haters (1934) ***+ ------------ Director: Archie Gottler Cast : Marjorie White, A.R. Haysel, Monte Collins, Bud Jamison, "Snowflake", Jack Norton, Don Roberts, Tiny Sanford, Dorthy Vernon, Les Goodwin, Charles Richman, George Gray, Gibert C. Emery, Walter Brennan The stooges join the "Women Haters" club and vow to have nothing to do with the fair sex. Larry marries a girl anyway and attempts to hide the fact from Moe and Curly as they take a train trip. [ This story is done in rhyme which detracts from the enjoyability. ] 2. Punch Drunks (1934) **** ------------ Director: Lou Breslow Cast : Dorothy Granger, Arthur Housman Moe is a boxing promoter looking for a good fighter. Curly is a mild-mannered waiter who goes crazy whenever he hears "Pop Goes the Weasel". Larry is a violinist recruited to play the tune. Curly becomes a great fighter and gets a championship match. Things look bad when Larry's violin is smashed, but everything turns out fine when Larry delivers the music by driving a truck through the arena wall. 3. Men in Black (1934) ***+ ------------ Director: Raymond McCarey Cast : Dell Henderson, Jeanie Roberts, Ruth Hiatt, Joe Fine, Irene Coleman, Billy Gilbert, Little Billy, Neal Burns, Arthur West, Bud Jamison, Hank Mann, Joe Mills, Bob Callahan, Phyllis Crane, Carmen Andre, Betty Andre, Helen Splane, Kay Hughes, Eve Reynolds, Charles King, Eve Kimberly, Lucille Watson, Billie Stockton, Arthur Ranking, Charles Dorety The stooges become doctors at a large hospital where they disrupt patients and staff alike. [The title is a play on "Men in White", a popular film of the time. Nominated for "Best Short Subject" in 1934. ] 4. Three Little Pigskins (1934) ****- --------------------- Director: Raymond McCarey Cast : Lucille Ball, Gertie Green, Phyllis Green, Walter Long, Joe Young, Milt Douglas, Harry Bowen, Lynton Brent, Bud Jamison, Dutch Hendrian, Charles Dorett, William Irving, Joe Levine, Alex Hirschfield, Billy Wolfstone, Bobby Burns, Jimmie Philips, Johnny Korcsier. The stooges are mistaken by a gangster for the "Three Horsemen of Boulder Dam", famous football players. Hired to play for his team, they blow the big game and get it in the end. Lucille Ball has a nice part as a gun moll. 5. Horses Collars (1935) ***+ -------------- Director: Clyde Bruckman Cast : Dorothy Kent, Fred Kohler, Fred Kelsey The stooges are private detectives in the old west trying to help a girl recover an IOU from a bad guy. Their attempts to steal the IOU from the villains wallet and then from a safe meet with problems until Curly, who goes berserk whenever he sees a mouse, knocks out all the bad guys. 6. Restless Knights (1935) ***+ ---------------- Director: Charles Lamont Cast : Geneva Mitchell, Stanley Blystone, Walter Brennan, Chris Franke, George Baxter, Bud O'Neill, James Howard, Jack Duffy, Ernie Young, Lynton Brent, Bob Burns, William Irving, Joe Perry, Dutch Hendrian, George Speer, Bert Young, Billy Franey, Al Thompson. Set in Medieval times, the stooges learn they are of royal blood and vow to save the kingdom. They become the queen's royal guards but are sentenced to die when the queen is abducted on the orders of the evil prime minister. The stooges escape, free the queen, and end up knocking each other out. 7. Pop Goes the Easel (1935) **** ------------------ Director: Del Lord Cast : Leo White, Robert Burns, Jack Duffy, Elinor Vandivere, Geneva Mitchell The stooges are down and out. With a cop chasing them, they flee into an artists studio where they are mistaken for students. The cop continues to hunt for them and they use a variety of disguises and tactics to elude him. A wild clay throwing fight ends the film. 8. Uncivil Warriors (1935) **** ---------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison, Theodore Lorch, Lew Davis, Mary Loback, Bill Engel, Ford West, Si Jenks, Charles Dorety, Jack Kenny, Phyliss Crane, Jennifer Grey, Celeste Edwards, Wes Warner, Lew Archer, Hubert Diltz, Charles Cross, George Grey, Jack Rand, Harry Kenton. Set in the civil war, the stooges are spies for the north. They impersonate southern officers and infiltrate the enemy ranks to get valuable information. On the run when they are discovered, they hide in a cannon and are blown back to their northern headquarters. 9. Pardon My Scotch (1935) ***+ ---------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Nat Carr, James C. Morton, Billy Gilbert, Grace Goodall The stooges are running the local drugstore and mix up a potion that a desperate businessman decides to sell as scotch. The stooges impersonate Scotsmen at party to fool the prospective buyer. Their usual antics disrupt the party, ending when a barrel of their "scotch" explodes and floods the whole house. 10. Hoi Polloi (1935) **** ---------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Harry Holmes, Robert Graves, Bud Jamison, Mary Dees, Grace Goodall, Betty McMahon, Harriett De Bussman, Phyliss Crane, Geneva Mitchell, Kathryn McHugh, James C. Morton, William Irving, Arthur Rankin, Robert McKenzie, Celeste Edwards, Blanche Payson, George B. French, Gail Arnold, Don Roberts, Billy Mann. A professor bets that he can turn the stooges into gentlemen. After many attempts to teach them etiquette, he brings them to a fancy society party. The stooges new found manners don't last very long, and the party quickly degenerates. By the end, the other guests have adopted stooge-like behavior and the stooges leave as gentlemen. 11. Three Little Beers (1935) ****+ ------------------ Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison The stooges are inept deliverymen at a brewery. When they learn about a company golf tournament, they sneak onto a golf course to get some practice. They quickly proceed to bother the other golfers and destroy the course. Forced to escape in their beer truck, more havoc ensues when the load of beer barrels are spilled out down a steep hill. 12. Ants in the Pantry (1936) ****- ------------------ Director: Preston Black Cast : Clara Kimball Young, Harrison Greene, Bud Jamison, Isabelle LaMal, Vesey O'Davoren, Douglass Gerrard, Anne O'Neal, James C. Morton, Arthur Rowland, Phyliss Crane, Al Thompson, Helen Martinez, Charles Dorety, Hilda Title, Bert Young, Lou Davis, Ron Wilson, Robert Burns, Lynton Brent, Arthur Thalasso, Elaine Waters, Althea Henly, Idalyn Dupre, Stella Le Saint, Flo Promise, Gay Waters. The stooges are pest exterminators who drum up business by planting vermin in a ritzy mansion where a party is going on. They are hired, but must pose as guests to work unobserved. They ruin a piano and generally make a mess of the party, but the hostess passes them off as vaudeville comedians and they are invited to join the guests on a fox hunt. 13. Movie Maniacs (1936) **** -------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison, Lois Lindsey, Arthur Henly, Eve Reynolds, Kenneth Harlon, Mildred Harris, Harry Semels, Antrim Short, Jack Kenney, Charles Dorety, Elaine Waters, Bert Young. The stooges arrive in Hollywood hoping to make it in the movie business ("There must be a couple a hundred guys in Hollywood who don't know anything about making movies, three more ain't gonna make any difference".) They sneak into a movie studio where they are mistaken for three new executives who were due to arrive. after taking over production of a movie, causing the director and cast to walk off, Moe takes over as director, with Larry and Curly as the leading man and lady. When the real executives send a telegram explaining why they haven't arrived, the stooges must leave on the run. 14. Half-Shot Shooters (1936) ***+ ------------------ Director: Preston Black Cast : Harry Semels, John Kascier, Vernon Dent, Stanley Blystone The stooges are discharged from the army after WW I, and promptly administer some revenge to their mean sergeant. Years later they wind up in the army again, and of course the same sergeant is their superior. The sergeant plays various tricks on them, and when the stooges go crazy with a cannon, blowing up a house, a bridge, and a smoke stack, he blows them up. 15. Disorder in the Court (1936) ****+ --------------------- Director: Preston Black Cast : Susan Karoan, Dan Brady, Tiny Jones, Bill O'Brien, Bud Jamison, Harry Semels, Edward LeSaint, Hank Bell, James C. Morton The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the day when they discover the real murderer's identity. 16. A Pain in the Pullman (1936) **** --------------------- Director: Preston Black Cast : Bud Jamison, James C. Morton The stooges are small time actors traveling by train to an engagement. Along with their pet monkey, they manage to spoil the trip for quite a few of the other passengers including the conductor and a big movie star. Eventually their antics get out of hand and they are literally tossed off the train. 17. False Alarms (1936) ***+ ------------ Director: Del Lord Cast : Stanley Blystone The stooges are firemen who are constantly getting in trouble, they've been warned that one more incident will cost them their jobs. Curly sneaks out anyway to visit his girlfriend. She has two friends who need dates, but the only way Curly can get Moe and Larry out of the station is to pull a fire alarm. The firetruck leaves without Moe and Larry, so they steal the captains new car to make it to the call first. They manage to get Curly and get back to the station, but in doing so wreck the car and must leave on the run. 18. Whoops I'm an Indian (1936) ****- -------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison Set in the old west, the stooges are crooked gamblers gypping the resident of a frontier town. They are discovered and must escape into the woods. To elude the sheriff they disguise themselves as Indians. Their plan works until Curly, dressed as a squaw, is forced to marry a local tough guy. The stooges are unmasked and wind up in the hoosegow. 19. Slippery Silks (1936) ****- -------------- Director: Preston Black Cast : Symona Boniface, Vernon Dent, Robert Williams The stooges are carpenters who inherit a fancy dress boutique. They put on a fashion show with dresses they've designed based on furniture. During the show the owner of a antique box the stooges wrecked shows up and a wild cream puff fight ensues. 20. Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937) ****+ ------------------------ Director: Preston Black Cast : Harrison Greene, Casey Colombo, Herb Stagman, Budd Fine, Chuck Callahan, Blackie Whitford, Tony Chavex, Elaine Waters, Sam Lufkin, Everett Sullivan, Bill Irving, Cy Schindell The stooges become trainers of "Bustoff", a champion wrestler. The big boss has a lot of money bet on Bustoff and orders the boys to take good care of him. Instead they accidentally knock him out and Curly must disguises himself as Bustoff and wrestle in his place. The match doesn't go very well until Curly smells "Wild Hyacinth" perfume on a lady fan at ringside. This drives him crazy and he knocks out his opponent and half the people in the stadium. 21. Dizzy Doctors (1937) ****+ ------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : June Gittleson, Eva Murray, Ione Leslie, Vernon Dent, Bud Jamison, Erle Bunn, Wilfred Lucas, Betty MacDonald, Louise Carver, Frank Mills, Harley Wood, James C. Morton, A. R. Haysel, Ella McKenzie The stooges get a job selling "Brighto", what they think is cleaning fluid. After ruining a cop's uniform and a new car, they discover Brighto is actually medicine. Taking their sales pitch to a hospital, they get into more trouble and must leave on the run when the head of hospital turns out to be the owner of the car they ruined. 22. Three Dumb Clucks (1937) **** ----------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Lynton Brent, Frank Austin The stooges escape from jail when they learn their father, who has just become rich, is planning to leave their mother and marry a young girl. Curly is mistaken for the stooges father (he plays both parts) and marries the girl instead. When they learn that she is working with gangsters who plan to kill their father for his money, they escape and take their father with them. 23. Goofs and Saddles (1937) **** ----------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Ethan Laidlaw, Tod Lorch, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone, George Gray, Sam Lufkin Set in the old west, the stooges are spies for US Calvary; "Buffalo Bilious", "Wild Bill Hiccup" and "Just Plain Bill". Sent by General "Muster" to catch a gang of cattle rustlers, they wind up in a saloon where the boss of the gang hangs out. The boys disguise themselves as gamblers and get into a card game with the villain, but must flee when their identities are discovered. They hole up in a cabin, fighting off the bad guys, until the calvary arrives. 24. Back to the Woods (1937) ****- ----------------- Director: Preston Black Cast : Bud Jamison, Vernon Dent Set in colonial times, the stooges are convicted criminals who are banished from England to the American colonies. When they arrive, they find that the colonists are starving because the local Indians won't let them on their hunting grounds. The stooges go hunting any, and after a wild chase, are captured by the Indians. They escape and another wild chase ensues. 25. Cash and Carry (1937) ****- -------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Lester Dorr The stooges find a crippled boy and his sister living in their dumpyard shack. To raise money to pay for the little boys operation they buy a phony treasure map from a con man. Thinking the treasure is buried beneath an old house, the boys start digging and wind up in a US treasury vault where they are promptly arrested. The president (FDR) gives them amnesty and arranges for the boy's operation. 26. Playing the Ponies (1937) **** ------------------ Director: Charles Lamont Cast : William Irving, Tiny Lipson The stooges are gypped into trading their restaurant for "Thunderbolt", a washed up race horse. When Curly feeds Thunderbolt some chili pepperinos, he runs like crazy towards the nearest water. The boys enter Thunderbolt in a big race. With jockey Larry feeding Thunderbolt the pepperinos, and Moe and Curly on a motorcycle leading him with a bucket of water, they win the race. 27. The Sitter-Downers (1937) ****+ ------------------ Director: Del Lord Cast : Marcia Healy, Betty Mack, June Gittleson, James C. Morton, Bob McCenzie, Jack Long. The stooges are suitors who go on a sit down strike when their prospective father-in-law refuses to consent the marriages. The strike wins them fame and they receive numerous gifts including a lot and a prefabricated house. They win the strike and get married, but the wives decree no honeymoon until the house is built. The boys have some problems with the construction, especially since Curly burned up the plans. The eventually finish the house, a monstrosity that collapses when one post is accidentally moved. 28. Termites of 1938 (1938) ****+ ---------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Dorothy Granger, Bud Jamison, Bess Flowers The stooges are pest exterminators, mistakenly hired by a rich lady looking for an escort to a fancy society party. The stooges wreck the fancy mansion where the party is taking place and befuddle the guest of honor, an English Lord. 29. Wee Wee Monsieur (1938) ***+ ---------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison, Vernon Dent The stooges are artists living in Paris. When the landlord comes after the overdue rent, the boys skip out and wind up joining the French Foreign Legion. Posted to the desert, their assignment is to guard captain Gorgonzola from the natives. When the captain is kidnapped, the boys must disguise themselves as harem girls to infiltrate the chieftains hideout and rescue him. 30. Tassels in the Air (1938) ****+ ------------------ Director: Charley Chase Cast : Bess Flowers, Vernon Dent, Bud Jamison The stooges are janitors in an office building. They stencil the wrong names on all the offices, causing a rich lady to mistakes Moe for "Omay", a famous decorator (the real Omay gets "Janitor, keep out" painted on his door.) She hires the boys to redecorate her house, which they proceed to ruin. More trouble ensues when the real Omay shows up. Adding to the chaos is the fact that Curly goes crazy whenever he sees tassels. 31. Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938) ****+ -------------------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Lucille Lund, James C. Morton, Bud Jamison, Bobby Burns Curly wins $50,000 in a radio contest and the stooges move into the Hotel Costa Plente. Their suite is furnished with many expensive items which they systematically wreck, running up quite a bill. When they discover that, minus tax deductions, the jackpot is only $4.85 they quickly agree to marry three pretty rich widows who are also living in the hotel. The "widows" are actually gold diggers conniving to the get the jackpot money. When the girls find out what the jackpot is really worth, the boys get conked with champagne bottles. 32. Three Missing Links (1938) ****- ------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Monty Collins, Jane Hamilton, Naba, James C. Morton The stooges are janitors working in a movie studio. After wrecking the bosses office, they get jobs as actors in an African movie. Curly plays a gorilla and Moe and Larry are primitive natives. On location in Africa, the stooges have a confrontation with a witch doctor from whom Curly buys some "love candy" with hopes of attracting the films leading lady. When a female gorilla disrupts the movie set, Curly eats some of the candy and chases after her. 33. Violent is the Word for Curly (1938) ***+ ----------------------------- Director: Charley Chase Cast : Eddie Featherstone, Gladys Gale, Marjorie Denn, Bud Jamison, John T. Murray, Pat Glenson The stooges are left in charge of a gas station and manage to blow up the car of their first customers, three famous European professors. The stooges steal some of the academics' clothes and wind up at "Mildew", a women's college where the three professors are expected. Mistaken as the real thing, the boys take their place on the faculty. When the real professors show up, the stooges try to convince a rich woman, the schools benefactor, that an athletics programs is more important. Their athletics demonstration comes to an explosive end when the real professors slip them a nitroglycerin basketball. [The title is a play on "Valiant is the Word for Carrie", a popular film of the time.] 34. Mutts to You (1938) ***+ ------------ Director: Charley Chase Cast : Bess Flowers, Lane Chandler, Vernon Dent Bud Jamison The stooges, professional dog washers, find a baby on a doorstep and, thinking it to be abandoned, take it home. When they read in the paper the baby is believed to have been kidnapped, they disguise Curly as a the baby's mother and try to sneak past the local cop. They are caught, but when the baby's parents show up and realize what happened, the result is a happy ending. 35. Flat Foot Stooges (1938) ***+ ----------------- Director: Charley Chase Cast : Chester Conklin, Dick Curtis, Lola Jensen The stooges are firemen at a station that still uses horses to pull the engines. A salesman who wants to sell the chief some modern equipment plants gun powder in one of the engines. The chiefs daughter catches him and after a chase both are knocked unconscious. When a fire starts, the stooges respond to the alarm, but don't realize its their firehouse that's burning! Somehow they manage to arrive in time to save the girl, and the villain gets his just desserts. 36. Three Little Sew and Sews (1938) **** ------------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Harry Semels, Phyliss Barry, James C. Morton, Vernon Dent, Bud Jamison The stooges are sailors working in a ships' tailor shop. When they can't get passes to go ashore, they steal officers uniforms and go to a party with Curly passing himself off as Admiral Taylor and Moe and Larry as his aides. Two spies, one of them a beautiful woman, trick the stooges into stealing a new submarine. The boys turn the table on the spies and capture them. When the real Admiral shows up, Curly's reenacts the capture and accidentally detonates a bomb, blowing them all to kingdom come. 37. We Want Our Mummy (1939) ***+ ----------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison, James C. Morton, Dick Curtis The stooges go to Egypt in search of the mummy of king Rootin-Tootin for which a museum will pay a $5000 prize. They wind up in the mummy's tomb where they are harassed by some bad guys after the same objective. The villains, who have kidnapped a professor from the museum, want the jewels buried inside the mummy. When Curly accidentally destroys the mummy, Moe and Larry wrap him in bandages to fool the bad guys. They manage to rescue the professor and retrieve the real mummy of Rootin-Tootin who turns out to have been a midget. 38. A Ducking They Did Go (1939) ***+ --------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bud Jamison, Vernon Dent The stooges are tricked by some con men into selling memberships to a phony duck hunting club. To the amazement of the con men, they sell all the memberships to the police department. When the bad guys skip town, the stooges are stuck at a duck-less lake with a lodge full of cops and plenty of trouble ahead. Moe and Larry stall the cops with duck decoys while Curly searches for some real ducks. The boys think their troubles are solved when Curly returns with a whole flock, but it turns out the ducks belong to local farmer and the boys leave in a hail of buckshot. [ Ending from "A Pain in the Pullman". ] 39. Yes, We Have No Bonanza (1939) **** ----------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Dick Curtis, Lynon Brent, Vernon Dent Set in a western town, the stooges are working as waiters in a saloon with the three girls they hope to marry. The proprietor of the saloon is a crook who, with his partner, has buried $40,000 of stolen money. The boys go prospecting in hopes of raising enough money to pay off the debts of their fiancees father, who owes money to their boss. They dig up the stolen money, which the crooks recognize as their loot and abscond with. A wild chase ensues, ending with the bad guy's car crashing into the Sheriff's office. 40. Saved by the Belle (1939) ****- ------------------ Director: Charley Chase Cast : Carmen LaRue, Leroy Mason The stooges are traveling salesmen stranded in Valeska, a tropical country prone to earthquakes. Having no luck selling fur coats to the natives they are arrested when they receive a telegram instructing them to "get rid of present wardrobe" and an official thinks they are planning to assassinate president Ward Robey. With the help of Rita, a beautiful revolutionary, the boys escape a firing squad, and are sent on a mission to deliver important plans to the revolutionary leader. When they deliver a rolled up calendar by mistake, they are once again heading for a firing squad but are spared when Rita arrives with the real plans. 41. Calling all Curs (1939) ***+ ---------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Lynton Brent The stooges run a pet hospital and get an important patient, Garcon, a rich ladies poodle. When dognappers posing as reporters steal the poodle, the boys are in a tough spot. First they try to fool their client by disguising a mutt as the poodle. When that doesn't work, they use the mutt as a bloodhound to track down the crooks. When they discover the bad guys hideout, Curly defeats them in a fight and they find Garcon, only to discover that "he" has had a litter of puppies. 42. Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939) **** ------------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Dick Curtis, Richard Fiske, Eddie Laughton, Eva McKenzie The stooges are tramps looking for handouts. Although the boys are down and out, Curly seems to get everything he wishes for. After some trouble with a farmer, the boys come across an abandoned car, one of Curly's wishes. The car actually belongs to some con men who have just gypped the widow Jenkins out of her land. The boys winds up at the Mrs. Jenkins house just in time for a free meal. To repay Mrs. Jenkins the boys try to fix her well and instead unleash an oil geyser. Learning that Mrs. Jenkins has been swindled, the boys go to retrieve the deed before it can be recorded. They find the bad guys and after a wild fight recover the deed. The boys return the deed to Mrs. Jenkins and marry her daughters; April, May and June. 43. Three Sappy People (1939) ****+ ------------------ Director: Jules White Cast : Richard Fiske, Lorna Gray, Don Beddoe, Bud Jamison The stooges are phone repairmen who are mistaken for the psychiatrists in whose office they are working. A rich man hires them to treat his impetuous young wife who is always running of for submarine rides and the like. The boys ruin a dinner party at their clients mansion but their antics so amuse his wife the she is cured and the stooges are paid off handsomely. 44. You Natzy Spy (1940) ***+ ------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Dick Curtis, Don Beddoe In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king, they decide to make Moe the new ruler as he'll be stupid enough to follow their orders. Moe becomes Dictator, Curly is a Field Marshall and Larry becomes Minister of propaganda. After successfully preventing a female spy from committing mayhem, the boys are run out of office by a mob and eaten by lions. 45. Rockin Through the Rockies (1940) ***+ -------------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Linda Winters, Dorothy Appleby, Lorna Gray, Kathryn Sheldon The stooges are frontier guides leading a minstrel show west. When hostile Indians run the horses run off they are stranded. They must contend with a snow storm and a marauding bear as well the Indians. After almost killing each other ice fishing they solve their problems by rigging up a sail on the wagon and sailing west. 46. A Plumbing We Will Go (1940) ****+ --------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Symona Boniface, Bud Jamison, Bess Flowers, Eddie Laughton To escape the police, the stooges pose as plumbers and are hired to fix a leak in a fancy mansion. They wind up crossing the electrical system with the plumbing and generally ruin the place. One memorable scene has the lady of the house tuning into a television broadcast from Niagara Falls as a torrent of water pours from the set. To escape the wrath of the homeowners the stooges escape through a magicians trap door. 47. From Nurse to Worse (1940) ***** -------------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Vernon Dent, Dorothy Appleby The stooge's friend Jerry convinces them to take out on insurance on Curly and then have him act insane to collect. Moe and Larry put Curly on a leash and take him to the insurance doctor and have him act like a dog. Unfortunately, the insurance doctor wants to perform a brain operation (Cerebrum decapitation). The boys try to escape by hiding in the dog catchers wagon, but are caught and taken to the hospital. They escape again, this time by rigging a sheet to a gurney and sailing down the street, where they run into Jerry and knock him into wet cement. 48. Nutty But Nice (1940) ***+ -------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Vernon Dent The stooges are singing waiters who are enlisted by a doctor to try and cheer up a little girl. It seems that the girl's father is a banker who was kidnapped with $300,000 worth of bonds. Failing to cheer up the girl, the stooges go out looking for the father and by a series of coincidences wind up in the bad guys hideout. The villains return and after a wild fight the boys free the missing man. 49. How High is Up (1940) ****+ -------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Bruce Bennett, Edmund Cobb, Vernon Dent The stooges are the 'Minute Menders', three tinkers who live under their car. The boys decide to drum up some business by punching holes in the unattended lunch boxes of some workmen. When they're caught in the act, they escape and accidentally get hired as riveters on a new building, working on the 97th floor. Their ineptitude and lousy workmanship screw up construction of the building and they must parachute off the building to escape the wrath of the boss. 50. No Census, No Feeling (1940) ****- --------------------- Director: Del Lord Cast : Vernon Dent, Symona Boniface, Max Davidson, Bruce Bennett, Elinor Vandivere The stooges get jobs as census takers and wind up in a fancy mansion looking for people to survey. Moe and Larry are recruited to join a bridge game, while Curly adds Alum to the lemonade. The resulting concoction is consumed by everyone, resulting in puckered lips and shrunken clothes. The boys next try to take the census at a football stadium. They disguise themselves as players and wind up in the middle of the game. Curly runs off with the ball and all the other players in pursuit. 51. Cuckoo Cavaliers (1940) ***+ ---------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Dorothy Appleby The stooges are three fish peddlers who, looking for a new business opportunity, open a beauty salon south of the border. Their first customers are some chorus girls from a local night club. After the stooges completely ruin the girl's hair, and their manager finds out, the boys must leave on the run. 52. Boobs in Arms (1940) ****- ------------- Director: Jules White Cast : Richard Fiske, Evelyn Young, Phil Van Zandt The stooges are greeting card salesmen who are mistakenly inducted into the army after escaping from the jealous husband of one of their customers. In bootcamp their sergeant turns out to be the same man, whom they constantly vex and bewilder. When the boys are sent to the front lines and the sergeant is captured they must rescue him, which they do after doping themselves with laughing gas. At the end they get shot off into the sunset on a cannon shell.
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