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Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Sport | 13 January 1937 (USA)
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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Campeões da Alegria  »

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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 »

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Moe: What's a matter, kid, ya nervous?
Curly: Nooo, I'm scared.
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Anarchy In The Ring
19 August 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the chaotic ending of Grips, Grunts, and Groans is pretty much stolen from the Marx Brothers Animal Crackers it still works well. The Three Stooges throughout their career always were using stuff that other comics did and adapting for themselves. I think part of the reason is that they were not feature film comics like the Marx Brothers or Abbott& Costello, nor did they have the creative freedom that Laurel&Hardy did with Hal Roach. They worked fast and cheap and ground out the product and Harry Cohn at Columbia loved them for that.

The boys become trainers of a contending wrestler whom they accidentally knock out and Curly with false beard has to take his place. Curly has a phobia about the perfume wild hyacinth, some painful memories associated with same. It works on him the same way that the phrase Niagara Falls works in that famous 'Slowly I Turn' burlesque routine that Abbott&Costello use.

If you remember how Harpo demolished the entire cast of Animal Crackers than you know how this one ends. Grips, Grunts, And Groans I'd like to think is the Stooges homage to the Marx Brothers.


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