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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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This film features a rare scene in which Moe smacks someone other than one of his two pals; as several people begin to rub Curly down after a rather painful round of boxing and accidentally pull Moe into it, he slaps one of them in the back of the head. See more »

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The restaurant clock is stuck at 12 o'clock throughout all the initial restaurant scenes. See more »

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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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I Thought I Wanted You
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Music by Archie Gottler
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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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