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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
Elwood Ullman (story) &
Monte Collins (story) (as Monty Collins)

Elwood Ullman (screenplay) &
Monte Collins (screenplay) (as Monty Collins)

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:
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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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Ma Stooge Kicks the Boys Out, 24 June 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Cactus Makes Perfect (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser short from The Three Stooges has the boys finally moving out of their mother's house. With Curly's gold finder in hand, the trio buy a gold mine out West and head there to make their riches. CACTUS MAKES PERFECT is middle ground Stooges at best as for the most part it's pretty forgettable, although there are a few funny jokes to be had. Still, I think this short is going to appeal to fans more than just your casual viewer and if you're new to the trio then it's probably best that you start somewhere else. I think the best jokes come towards the end when the Stooges find themselves at the bottom of the mine looking for the gold. This here leads to some pretty good violence with the boys constantly hitting one another with the tools and the final showdown in the vault contain a few laughs as well. The first part of the short is pretty hit and miss but the sequence with the Stooges in front of the mirror trying to get ready at the same time worked well. Ma Stooge was actually the highlight and especially some of her mannerisms, which of course got passed down to her boys.

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