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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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Complete credited cast:
Moe (as Moe)
Larry (as Larry)
Dorothy Granger ...


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 <>

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boxing | manager | waiter | violinist | arena | See more »


Comedy | Short

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Release Date:

13 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Symphony of Punches  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The man who falls off the back of the truck when Larry drives it away ended up breaking his leg from the fall in real life. See more »


When Curly gets back from lunch in the beginning, he has nothing in his hands as he has just come from outside yet in the very next shot, he has a small pad and pencil in his hands. See more »


Larry: I lost my balance.
Moe: Oh, ya lost your balance, eh?
Larry: Yeah.
Moe: Well go find it!
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Referenced in Saps at Sea (1940) See more »


I Thought I Wanted You
(opening title music)
Written by Archie Gottler and Edward Eliscu
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Their single best performance
16 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this early effort, rather than just watching the threesome run around and bash each other, there is genuine plot and character development. Instead of three barely distinguishable buffoons, we have three distinct characters interacting in an actual story line. They have a plausible initial meeting at a restaurant where Curly works as a waiter, Moe is a customer who discovers Curly's hidden boxing talent, and Larry the down-and-out musician who inadvertently plays the tune that sets Curly off. The plot device of having some stimulus turn Curly into an invincible destruction machine is reused in later efforts, most notably the mouse in the later "Moe, Larry, the cheese" routine, but they never really improve upon the use of "Pop Goes the Weasel" here. Larry is always at his best when he is able to play the violin in a way that fits plausibly into the plot, and Moe is actually sympathetic as the tough guy who takes the distraught Curly under his wing and makes him a success. The story is a real story, not just a loose string of slapstick antics; we actually feel tension and anticipation at the end as we watch Curly being beaten up by his opponent and wonder if and how Larry will find another way to play "Pop Goes the Weasel." Grade: A+.

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