Stooge Shorts [Mitch Shapiro Rev. 1.0 4/95]


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* 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)

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1934 - 1940 (Moe, Larry, Curly)

1.  Woman Haters (1934) ***+

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        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) ****

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****-

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        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) ***+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****

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        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) ****

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****-

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        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) ****

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****-

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        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) ****-

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****

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        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) ****

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        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) ****-

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        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) ****-

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        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) ****

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****-

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        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) ***+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****

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        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) ***+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****

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        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) ****-

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****

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        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) ****+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****+

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        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) *****

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****+

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        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) ****-

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        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) ***+

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        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) ****-

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        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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