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Calling All Curs (1939)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  25 August 1939 (USA)
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The stooges run a pet hospital and get an important patient, Garcon, a rich ladies poodle. When dognappers posing as reporters steal the poodle, the boys are in a tough spot. First they try... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Curly (as Curly)
Dr. Larry (as Larry)
Dr. Moe (as Moe)


The stooges run a pet hospital and get an important patient, Garcon, a rich ladies poodle. When dognappers posing as reporters steal the poodle, the boys are in a tough spot. First they try to fool their client by disguising a mutt as the poodle. When that doesn't work, they use the mutt as a bloodhound to track down the crooks. When they discover the bad guys hideout, Curly defeats them in a fight and they find Garcon, only to discover that "he" has had a litter of puppies. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

25 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Call a Doctor  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Production number 445. See more »


When Moe squirts soap in Curly's face it comes out before Moe touches the dispenser. See more »


Dr. Moe: [on loudspeaker] Calling Dr. Curly. Calling Dr. Curly.
Dr. Curly: What do you want?
Dr. Moe: Listen, you onion head, you march yourself in here and wash that dog.
Dr. Curly: Oh, you do it yourself.
Dr. Moe: Oh, mutiny, eh?
Dr. Curly: Yeah, and it's not out on the bounty.
[sticks out tongue and gets punched through loud speaker by Moe]
Dr. Moe: [sticks head out of loudspeaker] Now come in here like I told you.
[Curly starts to leave]
Dr. Moe: [Moe's head is stuck in loudspeaker] Hey, what a minute. I'm stuck.
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Edited into Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960) See more »

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Funny Stooges Short
24 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Calling All Curs (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Funny Three Stooges short has them running a pet hospital where they get a prized poodle owned by a very rich woman. A couple men pretend to be reporters and take off with the dog so the Stooges must try and track them down or go to jail. The opening few minutes of this short is pretty much a build-up joke that really doesn't work as it gets no laughs but after this it's all comedy as we get one great joke after another as well as some snappy dialogue. One of the highlights of the film is when the boys take the reporters on a tour of the hospital where we get to see various dogs who are suffering from various problems ranging from eating out of the trash to one who like to drink beer. The pay-off to the trash gag is priceless as poor Moe takes one for the team. Other funny jokes include a maid sucking the hair off a dog, the final fight with the bad guys and another good sequence at the dinner table. If you think about it too hard you'll wonder how anyone as dumb as the Stooges could become vets but just sit back and enjoy all the laughs.

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