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Release Date:
29 July 1938 (USA) See more »
The stooges are janitors working in a movie studio. After wrecking the bosses office, they get jobs as actors in an African movie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Is It Curly Or The Gorilla? Hard To Tell See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Monte Collins ... Herbert Herringbone - Director
Jane Hamilton ... Mirabel Mirabel

Ray Corrigan ... Naba - The Gorilla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dudley Dickerson ... Native (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... Dr. Ba Loni Sulami (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... B.O. Botswaddle (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Searle Kramer (story)

Searle Kramer (screenplay)

Produced by
Jules White .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Columbia production reel #426.See more »
Boom mic visible: Just after Curly throws mud at Moe's face, who then hurls it to Larry, against the tent behind them, you can see the shadow of the boom mic, (something hard to spot in the many Stooges films).See more »
B.O. Botswaddle:Haven't we got anyone under contract that, uh, looks like a gorilla?
Mirabel Mirabel:No, not even your relatives!
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Is It Curly Or The Gorilla? Hard To Tell, 20 February 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

The Stooges go from totally-inept janitors to actors working for the "Super Terrific Productions" movie company, under the leadership of "B.O. Botswaddle." That occurs when the latter takes a good look at our guys and proclaims, "We've found our missing links."

They look just like the Neanderthals Botswaddle is looking for to shoot his next motion picture. The Stooges are too dumb to realize they've just been insulted. They are just happy to become actors.

The real fun happens when the film crew arrives in Africa. We get tons, literally, of gags signs to puns to outrageous physical stuff. (i.e. The Stooges see a sign on a hut that reads, "Dr. Ba Loni Sulami, Medicine Man, Hours 2-5 Or By Appointment.")

The best gags, IMO, come, when a real ape appears and gets confused with Curly the ape role. Both look identical and mayhem ensues and nobody knows if it's Curly or the real gorilla.

Jane Hamilton looked hot as the film-within-in-a-film female star "Mirabel Mirabel."

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