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Elwood Ullman (story)
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Release Date:
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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  (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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The scene with Curly Howard getting in a fight with his bowl of clam chowder had to be stopped and restarted several times during filming (watch the tassels on Curly's cap swing and stop) because the crew members were laughing so hysterically at Curly he was also breaking up laughing.See more »
Continuity: The Stooges work for Whack magazine but the sign on their scooter says "Focus magazine."See more »
Moe Click:Pardon me, officers. But don't we get a last request.
Curly Cluck:Certainly, this is request night.
Vulgarian Soldier:What do you request?
Moe Click:How about one last smoke.
Vulgarian Soldier:Ok. But when the smoke is finished, so are you.
Curly Cluck:[pulls out a giant cigar]
Vulgarian Soldier:[double takes]
Curly Cluck:nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
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Referenced in The Three Stooges (1987) (VG)See more »


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Pictures and Oysters, 10 August 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Dutiful But Dumb (1941)

*** (out of 4)

Moe, Larry and Curly are working as photographers for Whack magazine when they're ordered to get a picture of a famous movie star on his wedding night. They get the picture just fine but Curly messes up on developing it. The boss is about to fire them but instead sends them to Vulgaria to get a picture of a new ray gun. What the boys don't know is that it's illegal to take pictures in Vulgaria and the penalty is death. I've read a few negative reviews of this film but I certainly don't understand them as this Stooges short contains some very big laughs from start to finish. The stuff dealing with trying to take a picture of the actor works well because of the rather hilarious ways the boys finally get the picture. The final sequence of the film has the now famous bit of Curly ordering some oyster soup and getting a lot more in it than he expected. The middle portions were the best in my opinion because there's a downright hilarious bit where a man is about to be shot for taking a picture when the boys walk up to him and the firing squad asking to take pictures. This entire sequence is beautifully directed and acted and it really shows how funny these guys could be.

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