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Clyde Bruckman (screenplay)
Charles L. Kimball (story)
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Release Date:
23 August 1940 (USA) See more »
The stooge's friend Jerry convinces them to take out on insurance on Curly and then have him act insane to collect... 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 / Radio Announcer (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Appleby ... Dr. Lerious' Receptionist (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Jerry (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Dr. D. Lerious (uncredited)

Dudley Dickerson ... Crematorium Orderly (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Dog Catcher (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Dog Catcher (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ... Nurse (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier ... Battered Orderly (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Crematorium Orderly (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Assistant Surgeon (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Nurse at Bellevue (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Assistant Surgeon (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Orderly (uncredited)

John Tyrrell ... Anesthetist (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Assistant Surgeon (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Photographer / Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Evelyn Young ... Woman in Lerious' Office (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clyde Bruckman  screenplay
Charles L. Kimball  story

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
Film Editing by
Mel Thorsen 
Crew believed to be complete

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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Did You Know?

The radio announcer, heard by the dog catchers in their truck, is played by Moe Howard, using his natural out-of-character voice.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sound effect in stock footage of the cop getting knocked down by the Stooges on the gurney is delayed.See more »
Curly:That's my favorite dollar!
Moe:What do you mean your favorite dollar?
Curly:I raised it from a cent, now cut it out!
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Movie Connections:
Edited from Dizzy Doctors (1937)See more »
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Classic Three Stooges Short, 11 July 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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