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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)

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?

This short contains the classic Stooges rendition of "Swinging the Alphabet", originally composed by Septimus Winner, under the title "The Spelling Bee". Charley Chase's family maid taught it to his children, and Charley brought it to the attention of the Stooges.See more »
Boom mic visible: After the lunchman says "Luncheon is served", the a shadow of the boom mic is moving about at the top left corner of the screen.See more »
[repeated line]
Moe:Super service!
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Top Shelf Stooges, 10 June 2012
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

CONTAINING A WHOLE slew of young starlets, putting the boys on the open road and a usually dependable ploy of putting the Stooges in the middle of an inextricable case of mistaken identity are all excellent reasons to recommend this short.

ADDING TO THESE, we have lively gags and an emphasis on music. Often an overlooked aspect of the Stooges' makeup, carrying a tune and being able to sing a little are definitely potent aspects of their arsenal. With this outing, they are able to display such prowess to good advantage. Their choice of "The Alphabet Song" probably couldn't have been better. Lively interplay with the female student body and the boys' novelty approach to making the music combine to make for the high points of this romp. *

THE EVER PRESENT questions about college athletics, both pro and con, are brought into focus as a sort of sidebar or subplot. As is now the case and was then; after seemingly endless amounts of rhetoric being expended, no one takes any real stand in the opposition to Collegiate Sports, he prosper to this very day. Wy, we'd venture to say that the 'Simon Pure' NCAA sanctioned competitions are stronger than ever! FROM THE BEGINNING to the movie's 2 reel ending, it's Stooges comedy at its very best. For our money, this comedy ranks at the top of the late 1930's output.

NOTE: * When the great 3 Stooges comeback occurred in 1958-59 with the release of their Columbia Shorts to the television market, Moe and Larry, now joined by Joe DeRita (as 'Curly Joe') cut a 33 1/3 LP vinyl record for Coral Records. Titled THE NONSENSE SONGBOOK, the featured fare was a collection of mostly novelty songs from the previous 50 years; with 'The Alphabet Song' being one of those so featured.

We had no idea of the song's history with the 3 Stooges, until about 20 years or so later; when we saw this short at St. Xavier's College in Chicago. We were accompanying our sister, Rose Mary and her boyfriend, Don.

Interestingly, the album is still available on CD or Casette.

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