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Andrew Bennison (original screenplay) &
Mauri Grashin (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 October 1939 (USA) See more »
The stooges are tramps looking for handouts. Although the boys are down and out, Curly seems to get everything he wishes for... See more » | 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:

Dorothy Comingore ... June Jenkins (uncredited)

James Craig ... Swindler Driving Car (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Clipper, Swindler in Back Seat (uncredited)
Richard Fiske ... Mr. Johnson - Farmer (uncredited)

Lorna Gray ... May Jenkins (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Briggs, Swindler in Front Seat (uncredited)
Eva McKenzie ... The Widow Jenkins (uncredited)
Dorothy Moore ... April Jenkins (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Uncle Tim - Justice of the Peace (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
Andrew Bennison (original screenplay) &
Mauri Grashin (original screenplay)

Produced by
Jules White .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Music Department
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Production number 449.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The padding under Moe's coat is clearly visible in the scene where the saw hits him in the stomach.See more »
Curly:Hey look, a rooster bar!
Moe:You mean a crowbar.
Curly:Don't a rooster crow?
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960)See more »


when Curly is attempting to lock the trap door in the bottom of the farmer`s cart, he is unsuccessful. how could it be done?
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Wildcatting is so easy, 31 August 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A few familiar faces appear in this Three Stooges short subject where the boys make an interesting discovery of oil on the property of a widow with three marriageable daughters. Funny thing is these daughters certainly didn't look desperate enough to consider Howard, Howard and Fine as husband material.

One of the best visuals in a Three Stooges movie occurs here when after taking apart a pump and cleaning it out the boys strike oil. They make it look so easy, but as the gusher explodes out of the pump, Curly who had been sitting on it is carried up by the force of the gusher and is sitting on top of it. Don't worry, but that Stooge ingenuity gets him down.

Dorothy Comingore two years away from being Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane plays the widow with the marriageable daughters. Two of the swindlers who try to cheat Comingore of her farm are perennial western villain Dick Curtis and future B picture lead James Craig.

Oil wildcatters the world over wondered what they were doing wrong after seeing this.

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