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Elwood Ullman (story)
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21 March 1941 (USA) See more »
The stooges are photographers for Whack magazine ("If it's a good picture it's out of Whack") who, after messing up an assignment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Stooges As Paparazzi See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Cluck (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Clack (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Click (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Headquarters Guard - Right of Door (uncredited)
Ernie Adams ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Firing Squad Member (uncredited)

Bruce Bennett ... Soldier in General's Office (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Percival De Puyster (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Wilson's Assistant (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Mrs. De Puyster (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Wilson (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Headquarters Guard - Left of Door (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Colonel (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Ray Machine Operator (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Villager (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Wilson's secretary (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Guard Behind Curly (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
Elwood Ullman (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Del Lord .... producer
Hugh McCollum .... producer
Jules White .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
Film Editing by
Art Seid  (as Arthur Seid)
Music Department
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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

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Curly Howard briefly speaks in his normal voice as the bogus police radio announcer.See more »
Continuity: The Stooges work for Whack magazine but the sign on their scooter says "Focus magazine."See more »
Moe Click:[surprised to see all the watches on his arm] Hey, what's the idea of the 3 watches?
Curly Cluck:That's the way I tell the time.
Moe Click:*How* do you tell the time?
Curly Cluck:This one runs 10 minutes slow every 2 hours. This one's 20 minutes fast every 4 hours. The one in the middle's broken, it stopped at 2 o'clock.
Moe Click:Well how do you tell the time?
Curly Cluck:I take the 10 minutes on this one, and subtract it from the 20 minutes on this one, haha, then I divide by 2 in the middle.
Moe Click:Well, what time is it now?
Curly Cluck:[takes a stopwatch from his pocket] Oh uh, 10 minutes to 4...
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Referenced in The Three Stooges (1987) (VG)See more »


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The Stooges As Paparazzi, 26 April 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The team of Howard, Fine, and Howard are newspaper photographers assigned to come back with pictures of an eloping celebrity. Curly actually gets the picture, but the devil's in the developing and it almost gets them fired.

But the boss instead gives them an assignment to photograph the Balkan police state country of Vulgaria, reasoning that if he loses the Stooges it won't be much of a loss. It's actually against the law to even possess photographic equipment.

But our Three Stooges go in where folks are fleeing and wind up in all kinds of trouble. This must have been a very popular short back in the day, satirizing as it does police states that were all over Europe in that year.

Curly gets several minutes alone in this short to do the famous burlesque gag which Abbott&Costello did a variation on called Oysters in the Oyster Stew. Curly orders some clam chowder with some really fresh clams in it. His struggle and really violent reaction puts them all in harm's way.

Dutiful But Dumb is worth seeing for that alone.

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