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3 Dumb Clucks (1937)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 17 April 1937 (USA)
The Stooges escape from jail in order to save their father from gangsters and a beautiful gold-digger.

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The stooges escape from jail when they learn their father, who has just become rich, is planning to leave their mother and marry a young girl. Curly is mistaken for the stooges father (he plays both parts) and marries the girl instead. When they learn that she is working with gangsters who plan to kill their father for his money, they escape and take their father with them. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Curly Howard (as Pop) briefly speaks in his normal voice in one scene. See more »

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When Moe and Larry pick up Curly to use his head to break through their cell wall; just before they hit the wall, the man changes to a man with hair (probably a stunt man). See more »

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Curly: I got an idea in the back of my head!
Curly: Well, bring it out front!
[He hits him in the head]
Moe: What is it?
Curly: You knocked it clear out!
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Edited into Up in Daisy's Penthouse (1953) See more »

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Lesser Stooge
25 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

3 Dumb Clucks (1937)

** (out of 4)

Weaker Three Stooges short has the boys breaking out of prison so they can stop their father from marrying a blonde who is working with a gangster. After the marriage they plan on killing the father but the boys have their own plans. The boys were in an incredibly hot stretch during this period of their career so it's rather shocking to see how bland this short is but no one could have batted a thousand. The biggest problem I found was that the film was extremely lazy in its writing and acting. The screenplay is a pretty poor one because it recycles plenty of gags seen in previous films but this time out they aren't one bit funny. Another issue with the laziness comes in an early gag where Moe and Larry pick Curly up to use his head to break out of the prison. The edit to the stunt double is poorly done but what's even worse is that the stunt double is so obvious because he's skinny and has a full head of hair! Also, having Curly play the father is fine but they make no attempt to make him look different. I know this plays a part in a joke towards the end but the joke itself is rather lame, which just makes this stick out like a sore thumb.


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