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Release Date:
13 July 1934 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Curly Howard ... Curley, aka K.O. Stradivarius (as Curley)
Dorothy Granger ... Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Bletcher ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Kilduff Cornerman (uncredited)
Chuck Callahan ... Mr. McGurn (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Plug-Ugly #1 in Restaurant (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Killer Kilduff (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Fight Timekeeper (uncredited)
William Irving ... Kilduff's Manager (uncredited)
Ray Jones ... K.O. Cornerman (uncredited)
Harry Keaton ... K.O. Cornerman (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... K.O. Cornerman (uncredited)
Charles King ... Man on Truck (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Fat Ringsider (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Referee (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Plug-Ugly #3 in Restaurant (uncredited)
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ... Plug-Ugly #2 in Restaurant (uncredited)
Art Rowlands ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harry Watson ... Kid in Fight Crowd (uncredited)

Directed by
Lou Breslow 
Writing credits
Jack Cluett (screenplay)

Curly Howard (story) (as Jerry Howard) and
Larry Fine (story) and
Moe Howard (story)

Produced by
Jules White .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
Film Editing by
Robert Carlisle 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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In the original script, it was "Stars and Stripes Forever" that drove Curly Howard crazy, but it was changed when it was decided that Larry Fine would play the tune on the violin. Larry himself chose "Pop-Goes-the-Weasel" because the other song didn't sound right when played on the violin. Also, it was royalty-free.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: As Larry runs down the street for the first time, a voice can be heard saying "Hold it!....Stand back!" (obviously the director or a production assistant asking onlookers to get out of the way).See more »
Larry:I lost my balance.
Moe:Oh, ya lost your balance, eh?
Moe:Well go find it!
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Their single best performance, 16 January 2005
Author: Mark from United States

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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