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Al Giebler (story)
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Release Date:
2 July 1938 (USA) See more »
Three bumbling gas station attendants are mistaken for college professors arriving from Germany to teach at a prestigious women's college. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beatrice Blinn ... Brainy Astronomy Student (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Miss Katsby (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Benson (uncredited)
Gladys Gale ... Mrs. Sufferin Katsby (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Ice Cream Truck Driver (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Acme Service Station Owner (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ... Professor Von Stupor (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren ... Professor Hicks (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Professor Frankfurter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charley Chase 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Al Giebler  story & screenplay
Elwood Ullman  story & screenplay

Produced by
Charley Chase .... associate producer
Hugh McCollum .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard 
Film Editing by
Art Seid  (as Arthur Seid)
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound (uncredited)
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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Although they know him as Professor Von Stupid, a chorus of girls sings "Curly's a dope."See more »
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.See more »
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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
well, it HAS got a lot of energy, 16 June 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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