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Punch Drunks (1934)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  13 July 1934 (USA)
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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 ... 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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boxing | manager | waiter | arena | violinist | See more »

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Symphony of Punches  »

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Al Hill (Killer Kilduff) managed to give Curly Howard a bloody nose and a cut lip during their fight. See more »

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After Curly beats up his opponent, the next scene shows the opponent's managers knocked out on the floor as well yet we don't know how they got there. See more »

Quotes

Curley: What'll ya have?
Moe: I'll have four pieces of burnt toast and a rotten egg.
Curley: Why do you want that?
Moe: I gotta tapeworm and it's good enough for him.
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I Thought I Wanted You
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Written by Archie Gottler and Edward Eliscu
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Pop Goes The Stooges
20 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the very early Three Stooges shorts is Punch Drunks which is unusual for later on because of two things. The boys play separate roles as opposed to being a trio though they're together in the end. And the worm turns as Curly takes after the other two, especially Moe as you would never see him later on.

Fight Manager Moe is taking his three fighters to lunch and they're having some serious negotiation. Curly is their waiter, Larry is an itinerant musician willing to play the violin for his supper. Remember this is the Depression. One of those serendipitous circumstances as the fighters are belittling Curly, Larry plays Pop Goes The Weasel and Curly becomes an unstoppable hitting machine.

This is a gimmick that was used a lot by movie comedians, Lou Costello in Mexican Hayride heard a certain song and irresistibly started dancing the samba for example.

Though the usual Stooge buffoonery is actually less than normal, the frantic climax makes up for it all.


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