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From Nurse to Worse (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 23 August 1940 (USA)
The stooge's friend Jerry convinces them to take out on insurance on Curly and then have him act insane to collect. Moe and Larry put Curly on a leash and take him to the insurance doctor ... See full summary »

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The stooge's friend Jerry convinces them to take out on insurance on Curly and then have him act insane to collect. Moe and Larry put Curly on a leash and take him to the insurance doctor and have him act like a dog. Unfortunately, the insurance doctor wants to perform a brain operation (Cerebrum decapitation). The boys try to escape by hiding in the dog catchers wagon, but are caught and taken to the hospital. They escape again, this time by rigging a sheet to a gurney and sailing down the street, where they run into Jerry and knock him into wet cement. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Calling All Doctors  »

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The song on the dog-catcher's radio is the same one that Curly was yodeling to on "Nutty But Nice". See more »

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When the doctors are fighting with Curly to get his oxygen mask on, Larry's wig is seen, but in the next shot, it is off. See more »

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[the stooges are hiding on a stretcher under a blanket in the morgue. Two orderlies enter the room and see what they believe are cadavers]
Orderly: [to younger orderly] Move these bodies to the crematory.
Orderly: Yes sir, the crematory.
Curly: Crematory?
[younger orderly listens with shock]
Moe: Boy that's a real hot foot!
Larry: Let's get outta here!
[they throw the blanket off and run off, prompting the younger orderly to scream in fear]
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Edited from Dizzy Doctors (1937) See more »

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Classic Three Stooges Short
11 July 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

From Nurse to Worse (1940)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Hilarious short features the Three Stooges hanging paper when their old friend tells them the best way to make money is by filing for insurance and then going to a doctor to prove you're insane. This here will pay $500 a month so the boys get Curly to pretend he's a dog but the plan backfires when Dr. D. Lerious decides to try and operate on Curly's brain. FROM NURSE TO WORSE is classic Stooges because it features one big laugh after another and the film just keeps getting better and funnier as it moves along. The film starts off terrifically once the boys get to the doctors office and Curly must pretend to be a rabid dog. Curly was a genius at playing this type of stuff and he really goes all out here as he's barking, snapping and of course running around on all fours. From here it just keeps getting funnier after the boys end up in the back of a dog truck and soon find themselves about to be gassed. The sound effects were always a very important part to the Stooges' shorts and this is especially true here. We get one terrific effect when the doctor is examining Curly and shakes his head only to hear a few things rattling around in there. Another terrific bit is when the boys are in the back of the truck and everyone is scratching the others back including the dogs who get in on the action. Fans of the Stooges will probably already know this short but if you're introducing someone to the group then this here is a good place to start.


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