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Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  2 July 1938 (USA)
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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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Trivia

The title of this movie short is a takeoff of a 1936 movie called Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Curly: [to cute coed] I'll meet you in the gymnasium after class. I'll be standing next to the dumbbells. You'll know me, I'll be wearing a hat.
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Connections

Edited into Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

"Swingin' The Alphabet'
Written by Septimus Winner
Arranged by Charley Chase
Performed by The Three Stooges
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Violent is the Word for Curly is one of the most fun of The Three Stooges shorts
1 August 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just saw this on Thad's Animation Blog (actually, rewatched would be the better word since I first viewed this in the late '70s on afternoon television). In this one, the boys are gas station attendants who are doing "super service" on three professors on their way to a college they've been hired for. But the Stooges' inept errands has the car they're working on blowing up, so Moe, Larry, and Curly end up running for their lives. They then disguise themselves as those men as a case of mistaken identity ensues...Quite hilarious from beginning to end with the highlight being the "Swinging the Alphabet" number. Especially loved Curly's contribution and the girls' admonition of "Curly's a dope!" afterwards! Directed with great fun by comedian Charley Chase.


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