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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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Paparazzi - 1941 Version 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)
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 ... (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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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 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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Spoofed in Shivering Sherlocks (1948)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Paparazzi - 1941 Version, 14 February 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Here, the boys - "Click, Clack and Cluck" - pretend to be newspaper cameramen and are given the assignment of taking some pictures of a Hollywood celebrity couple

The boys were in prime condition in the early 1940s and they are fun to watch in here. It's just a little weird watching this in early '08 with all the Britney Spears-paparazzi nonsense. The Stooges look like such innocents compared to the modern-day piranhas.....but the mentality is the same. Invade someone's privacy? No problem. However, it's funny when you see things like Curly's head on a platter on top of a dinner table. Anything to get the picture!

By the way, Stanley Brown and Marjorie Deanne are great as "Percival DePuyster" and his gorgeous wife. Unfortunately, their scenes are completed after just two-and-a-half minutes.

Most of the movie takes place in "Vulgaria," a place our Dimwits are assigned after they mess up in the dark room. They are assigned to take some photos there because "No cameras are allowed, under penalty of death," the boss figures he has nothing to lose by sending these three idiots.

Most of this Three Stooges short are a bunch of continuous slapstick gags. Some are still funny to this day; some are stupid, but they come so frequently, you just go with the flow.

I did laugh out loud at a number of things Curly said and did. I think he was a comic genius, and I don't say that about many people. In one scene, the boys are lined up to be shot. "Hey, wait a minute," says Moe. "According to International Law, we are entitled to a last request."

"Yeah," says Curly, "this is Request Night!"

When the boys ask for "a last smoke," Curly pulls out a three-foot cigar!

Bud Jamison, a frequent contributor to the Stooges films, is a hoot with his fake Eastern European accent.

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