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Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937)

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Although circumstances force an over-matched Curly into a wrestling ring against a superior opponent, a spectator's perfume proves to be his secret weapon.

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The stooges become trainers of "Bustoff", a champion wrestler. The big boss has a lot of money bet on Bustoff and orders the boys to take good care of him. Instead they accidentally knock him out and Curly must disguises himself as Bustoff and wrestle in his place. The match doesn't go very well until Curly smells "Wild Hyacinth" perfume on a lady fan at ringside. This drives him crazy and he knocks out his opponent and half the people in the stadium. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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13 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Campeões da Alegria  »

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Trivia

When Larry climbs into the ring to tickle Curly's foot after the climactic fight, Curly actually does unwittingly kick Larry in the jaw. This is evident by Larry's reaction when he sits up gripping his mouth with both hands and checking to see if his teeth are loose before Curly flips Moe on top of him. Larry then appears to be reluctant to continue the scene for the rest of the shot. See more »

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Obvious stunt doubles for Moe, Larry, and Curly during chase scene near beginning of film. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Bustov has the biggest fight of his life today, and you're here gettin' him stewed!
Curly: Yeah, but he's payin' for it!
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The Absolutely-Insane Ending To This Kills Me Every Time!
22 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The last five minutes of this insane Three Stooges story almost puts me in tears laughing, and I've seen it many times. It features Curly as a pro wrestler! Regarding those last few minutes, it's one of those "you have to see it, to believe it" cases. I've never seen Curly go this berserk before, which is saying a lot.

Actually, this Three Stooges classic isn't just pure lunacy at the end: it's crazy and funny from start-to-finish, with a great 1930s look and feel to it. From the opening bums-in-the-railroad car scene, to knocking over a woman's baby carriage to the boxing gym scenes, on and on it goes until the incredibly wild finish.

Included in this story was a theme - used in several Three Stooges films - in which Curly would go bananas by smelling something, or hearing something.....and then he would be unstoppable. This worked to great advantage in the ring, whether it was boxing or wrestling or whatever. In this story, he becomes a wrestler, only "out of soy-cumstance." The real wrestler, a bearded Russian-looking guy named "Bostoff," gets blitzed with a combination of alcoholic drinks and Curly - to save the Stooges butts from the mob boys who have bet on Bostoff - has to take his place.

What happens just kills me. As other reviewers here state, this is a classic Three Stooges, one of the best.


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