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Monte Collins (story)
Elwood Ullman (story)
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Release Date:
26 February 1942 (USA) See more »
The stooges are living with their mother who persuades them its time to leave home and seek their fortune... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Stumpy - Smaller Prospector (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Ma Stooge (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Heavyset Prospector (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Gold Mine 'Salesman' (uncredited)

Directed by
Del Lord 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Monte Collins  story and screenplay (as Monty Collins)
Elwood Ullman  story and screenplay

Produced by
Del Lord .... producer
Hugh McCollum .... producer
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
Film Editing by
Burton Kramer 
Music Department
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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USA:17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Production number 513.See more »
Curly:[the prospectors slip a stick of dynamite with the fuse lit through the iron door where Moe, Larry and Curly are behind, Curly picks it up] Oh, a roman candle... zhhhhhhhhh... boom! Cuckoo! 4th of July! Ha ha ha!
Moe:Hey, marblehead, you know what that thing is you're holding there? That's dynamite!
Curly:You mean the things with the... nyaaaaaaa!
[quickly slips it back through the hole in the door]
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It's A Wise Child That Knows Its Mother, 23 April 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The only problem I have with Cactus Makes Perfect is that Monte Collins leaves it too soon. Collins an actor in drag does the best Curly imitation around as he plays Ma Stooge sending her boys off into the big city to seek fame and fortune with Curly's gold finder invention.

This gold finder is some weird contraption that Curly swears will find gold in any direction it is shot in. Armed with this device that Rube Goldberg would have rejected, Moe, Larry, and Curly set off to prospect in the desert.

Naturally some equally dumb people think this thing has possibilities and in truth Curly does find some gold, nice and already minted. And like Bette Davis in The Bride Came COD, the Stooges do get involved with some cactus, hence the title.

Very nice short subject, but I do so wish Ma Stooge came back before it was over.

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