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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

still a favorite that sticks in my mind

Author: MisterWhiplash from United States
19 January 2006

As a kid, in general, the Three Stooges (four if you count Shemp, who had his great moments in spurts) were like the wise-old sages of everything that went with good comedy. Sometimes they went for satire (like their anti-Nazi shorts 'You Nazty Spy' and 'I'll Never Heil Again'), but for the most part just went for the best, repetitive things about going after one another. But what's also forgotten though is that, when done on repeat viewings (and this short in particular has been seen by me over 20 times in my lifetime), the dialog also rings of a certain wit that seems to go at something even smarter to compliment the physical stuff. It's stupid, of course, but it isn't dumb-stupid; my parents would often crack up just as much if not more. The Stooges had good writers, and a short like 'I Can Hardly Wait' is a bit of proof of that.

Moe, Larry and Curly basically break into a kitchen to get a late night snack for themselves (just cooking is hilarious, like with the bit of business with a certain missing ham), and during an attempt to eat a ham-bone, Curly gets a collision with his tooth. It then leads to his fellow Stooges having to devise ways to get the tooth out, which leads to a climax the following day at the dentist's office. It's one of the funniest of any Three Stooges climax, as the slapstick is sort of saved for more of the inspired, even intricate lunacy parts leading up to it (like Curly's reaction to Moe in the dentist's chair). I don't know if it's really the 'best' Stooges short, as it would be difficult to classify one as such. But it is one of the funniest, if only from a point of view of a certain sentimental attachment. It's goofy, but it doesn't pander to either adults or kids. In a way a short like this, among others, can be even better family entertainment than the tripe animated or new-slapstick films released in theaters. On top of this, it isn't even much dated- the idea behind a toothache is omnipresent, even if technology may have by now crept up to the dentist's office.

My favorite part, by the way, is the little song Curly sings as he cuts the bread- priceless.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

My Favorite 3 Stooges short

Author: KMM from Topeka, KS
29 June 2001

This is without a doubt the funniest of the Curly shorts and probably my all-time favorite 3 Stooges short. The one liners that Moe throws off in this one are classic! The first time I saw this one it left me laughing my head off. Some of the abuse that Larry and Curly take in this one leaves the viewer wondering if they did not receive some real injuries. Stooge trivia books, though, said Moe perfected his hand slap on his fellow Stooges. There is one funny moment where you can tell a fall was taken by Curly Howard's stunt double (as was the case in many other features). If you have not seen this one look for it on cable or buy it on video. I guarantee you'll watch it time and time again as I have over the years.

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Underrated Gem

Author: Look_The_Other_Way from United States
2 April 2006

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"I Can Hardly Wait," generic title aside, is a very funny little movie that may get lost in an overall list of "Stooge Classics," perhaps because of it's modesty. No outlandish plot, no elaborate sight gags, no mile-a-minute action. Just a simple story about Curly and his sore tooth, with Moe and Larry trying their best to yank it out (in typical stooge fashion,) before finally dragging him to the dentist. This film works more like a Shemp era short, with minimal scenery, a bare bones cast, and an overall "sitcom" feel (as opposed to the full-blown farce usually associated with the Curly era.) The "dream" aspect was also a unique idea for a Three Stooges short, one that would be used only a few times in their 190 films. While it may not be one of their all time greatest, "I Can Hardly Wait" is a solid comedy that will appeal to Stooge fans and fans of comedy in general.

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Author: NJtoTX from Austin, TX
17 February 2002

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Just watched this on AMC and it's a classic. How it gets a 6.0 rating here despite the high votes here is beyond my understanding of the IMDb rating system.

The scenes on the triple bunk bed are hilarious, and watching the whole thing collapse near the end with a sandwich of stooges is the best!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Rather claustrophobic and simplistic

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
18 June 2007

The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly) are defense workers who have just come home after a long day at the plant. Oddly, the fact that they are working for the war effort is NOT explored in this film--it sure looked like it would be when the film started. I guess they just had this element in the story to make the film more patriotic and timely due to WWII. Soon, the real plot of the film is evident--Curly has a bad toothache and needs his tooth pulled. Considering that this is ALL the plot the film has and that about 80% of the film takes place in their house, the overall effect is amazingly claustrophobic and simple. Some on IMDb have said this is among their best. While I would agree that the gags work pretty well and it's enjoyable enough, the plot and locale prevent this from being a truly memorable film. Still, it does feature Curly, and this is always a big plus.

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"This is the way we do things right."

Author: slymusic from Tucson, AZ
14 September 2009

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Starring Curly Howard, Moe Howard, and Larry Fine, "I Can Hardly Wait" is an OK Three Stooges short dealing with dentistry. Stupid Curly tries to chew a ham bone and - what do you think? - he breaks a tooth. Larry and Moe spend the rest of the short trying to extract it.

Highlights: Without any words spoken, Moe sees Curly holding Moe's tooth and thinks he extracted it! Curly mistakes a doorknob for his bad tooth. Upon the Stooges' first appearance, they appear to be cracking a safe, but they are merely raiding the fridge. Curly lays in Moe's bunk bed, popping the cork in his hot water bottle and spraying water in Moe's face; Curly then steps on Moe's & Larry's faces as he climbs upward towards his bunk bed. When Curly discovers he accidentally sliced a loaf of bread in a spiral, he actually tries to play it like an accordion with Larry singing, but Moe heartily disapproves with a double slap; Curly then gives him the raspberry, and Moe's arm appears and sprinkles salt on Curly's tongue.

Watching "I Can Hardly Wait" reminds me of a story I once read about a dentist who actually had a Three Stooges room at his practice. He reasoned that his younger dental patients would relax much more if they watched Three Stooges shorts while he took care of their teeth. What a terrific idea! Oh, by the way, don't listen to Curly singing "She Was Bred in Old Kentucky". It's bad.

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One of the best!

Author: m_hebner from Kentucky, USA
11 February 2004

"I Can Hardly Wait" is by far one of the best three stooges films there are. I've watched this episode so many times I've got it memorized. It is funny with the Triple Bunk Beds and the beginning is great to. If your a three stooges fan, then you need to see this if you haven't already.

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Fie on you Bruckman.

Author: jstatser from Texas
8 March 2016

Another insipid Bruckman script. There is a dream sequence in this , Bruckman could ruin a ...dream. Again most of the funny bits are what Bruckman stole, this time from Laurel and Hardy and from two different films. Curly's kerchief is EXACTLY the same as Stan's in Leave um Laughing, right down to the twisting. Other gags from that film and "Pardon Us."

Why is there a dream? Nothing happens in the dream that couldn't happen without it. The dream adds nothing. Bruckman does not understand the Stooge Universe, he thinks there has to be be a reason for what they do. He also just throws in bits of orphan dialog, having nothing to do with anything, just to have someone say something. Out of no where Larry says," Hold MY head up."

Brucky writes some general situations and expects the Stooges to make them funny. They do pretty well, but it's all disjointed. The whole dinner episode is just a joke, then another one, then another one. But they don't lead to the next one. Moe blatantly puts his hand on a slice of bread.Curly spreads mustard on Moe's hand. ( "Pardon me I thout you was a slice of ham. I never saw a slice of ham with fingers." What kind of joke writing is that? If he never saw a ham with fingers, why did he think it was ham?) Curly washes a piece of ham. A spiral cut loaf of bread leads to a yodel fest? You don't need a story writer for any of that.

Somehow the Stooges keep this from being totally unwatchable, but Bruckman's presence even screwed up the title. Originally called "Nothing But the Tooth," which is in line with other punning titles, somehow it got changed to "I Can Hardly Wait" because it's a line he wrote for Curly. It's such a great line he has Curly repeat it 3 or 4 times early in the flick.

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One of the Stooges Best Shorts

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
4 March 2016

I Can Hardly Wait (1943)

**** (out of 4)

Moe, Larry and Curly are trying to split a piece of ham and an egg. Poor Curly gets left with the ham bone and after trying to eat it gets a tooth ache. The rest of this short has Moe and Larry trying to figure out a way to pull it.

I CAN HARDLY WAIT is in my opinion one of the best of the Three Stooges shorts. The film has one terrific laugh after another and some of the best gags that you're going to see in any of their movies. There are so many great moments here but there's no question that the second portion is just pure madness. The boys are trying to get ready for bed but the tooth needs to come out. This leads to a variety of violent gags where Curly has to play the victim to Moe's over-the-top ways of pulling the tooth. The gag dealing with the three story bunk bed is pure classic. Even the first portion of the film dealing with them cooking manages to get some big laughs.

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Uproarious slapstick

Author: jhaggardjr from Chicago, Illinois
14 March 2002

"I Can Hardly Wait" is one of the best Three Stooges short subjects ever. Lots and lots of laughs and slapstick comedy in this one. Moe, Larry, and Curly are perfect here, making me laugh out loud like they did in many of their other films. Oh no, the stooges sleeping in another triple bunk bed? I think anybody who has ever watched The Three Stooges automatically knows what's going to happen when a triple bunk bed is featured. I don't even have to say it. I'm sure everybody knows the final result. Hilarious.

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