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Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 2 July 1938 (USA)
Three bumbling gas station attendants are mistaken for college professors arriving from Germany to teach at a prestigious women's college.

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The stooges are left in charge of a gas station and manage to blow up the car of their first customers, three famous European professors. The stooges steal some of the academics' clothes and wind up at "Mildew", a women's college where the three professors are expected. Mistaken as the real thing, the boys take their place on the faculty. When the real professors show up, the stooges try to convince a rich woman, the schools benefactor, that an athletics programs is more important. Their athletics demonstration comes to an explosive end when the real professors slip them a nitroglycerin basketball. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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THEY'RE CRACKED IN THE CRANIUM...ON A CUCKOO CAMPUS!

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2 July 1938 (USA)  »

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Curly el violento  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Trivia

In the scene where a frozen Curly is thawed over an open fire, Moe and Larry couldn't turn the crank and the straps holding him slipped off. "He was pretty well seared," an observer recalled. "Curly was hollering his head off." See more »

Goofs

Although they know him as Professor Von Stupid, a chorus of girls sings "Curly's a dope." See more »

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[repeated line]
Moe: Super service!
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Featured in Muppet Babies: A Punch Line to the Tummy (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

"Swingin' The Alphabet'
Written by Septimus Winner
Arranged by Charley Chase
Performed by The Three Stooges
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well, it HAS got a lot of energy
16 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is just an okay Three Stooges outing featuring the lineup of Moe, Curly and Larry. On the positive side, the threesome have a lot of energy and they seem to work very hard for laughs in this one--something you don't see very often in their later shorts. However, there are two major problems with the film. First, in the A-B-C song, it's painfully obvious that Moe and Curly are not really singing the song, as the voices are wrong and the lips are out of sync. Second, while the idea of the three being mistaken for professors is funny, this is an obvious rip-off of the Marx Brothers film, HORSEFEATHERS. While this film is amiable enough, I really feel it's mostly for die-hard fans of the team. My advice is to skip this one and look for HORSEFEATHERS--one of the very best and funniest Marx Brothers films.

FYI--This film was directed by the great silent and sound film comedian, Charley Chase (also known as Charles Parrott).


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