Moe discovers Curly's unknown boxing talent when he knocks out the Champ at a restaurant when Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasal" on the violin. Moe becomes Curly's manager, and they win ... See full summary »

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Moe discovers Curly's unknown boxing talent when he knocks out the Champ at a restaurant when Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasal" on the violin. Moe becomes Curly's manager, and they win every fight, with the help of Larry. At the championship game, though, Larry's violin breaks. Curly is getting beat down bad when Larry makes his unexpected entrance and helps Curly prevail. Written by Patrick Lin <pjustinl@worldnet.att.net>

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Trivia

In 2002, "Punch Drunks" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", the only Stooge film to achieve such an honor. See more »

Goofs

It's obvious that the audience in KO Stradivarius' fight is stock footage from the 1920s, judging by the film speed, fashions, and orthochromatic film stock used, being shown in a continuous loop. Take a look at the guy in the middle of the footage who keeps shaking his friend's neck. See more »

Quotes

Larry: Pardon Me, Stranger.
Mr. McGurn: What do You want?
Larry: I'm a Musician!
Mr. McGurn: So?
Larry: So, if You had some Music playing around here, You might increase Business.
Mr. McGurn: How much dough do You generally take?
Larry: About 250, but for You I'll take 200...
Mr. McGurn: I'll give You a Bowl of Soup.
Larry: I'll take it!
Mr. McGurn: ...if You're good!
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Referenced in Saps at Sea (1940) See more »

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I Thought I Wanted You
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Written by Archie Gottler and Edward Eliscu
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Stooges at their best
8 December 1999 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This, the 3 Stooges' second short for Columbia, is my all-time favorite. Perhaps it's because it's the only one that they themselves wrote. This was the first film to have the Stooges' famous "cure" for a tapeworm ("Four pieces of burnt toast and a rotten egg."). It also truly showcases Larry's violin-playing ability. The sight of Larry running down the streets looking for something playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" are hilarious. However, there were a bit of dangerous bits that came from this short: The actor playing Killer Kilduff actually bloodied Curley's lip and nose. The man on the truck that Larry takes to play "Weasel" broke his arm when he fell off the truck. Also, I think the ending has been cut, at least in the prints that I've seen. The ones I've seen show at least three or four other men stretched out in the ring with Kilduff at the end of the fight. Yet, no explanation of how they all got there. I'm thinking that PUNCH DRUNKS had a similar ending to the later GRIPS, GRUNTS AND GROANS, but is now cut for some reason. Has anyone ever seen the uncut version of this short? I'd really love to see it that way.


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