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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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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 »
Larry:An inkwell!
Moe:That's not ink! That's earl!
Curly:What d'ya mean, earl?
Moe:You know! Coal earl!
Curly:You mean oil! It's a geezer! An oil geezer!
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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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Very Funny Short, 24 May 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Oily to Bed, oily to Rise (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Very funny short has the Three Stooges broke, hungry and looking for food but thankfully Curly starts wishing for things and getting them. They end up at the farm of a woman when they strike oil there but she's sold her deed to some bad guys so the Stooges must try and get it back. This is certainly one of the better shorts in the series as we get one big laugh after another. There are many highlights here including a hilarious bit of dialogue coming from Curly as the boys are about to drive off a cliff. Other great scenes include the boys trying to saw a log, them messing up the water pump and of course Curly's "chicken fit" at the start of the film. This here is a perfect example of why the Stooges were so funny as we get plenty of rough violence, zany dialogue and of course the boys are as dumb as ever.

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