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If a Body Meets a Body (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 30 August 1945 (USA)
Curly learns that he is named in the will of his rich uncle, so the boys head for the uncle's mansion to attend the reading of the will. They arrive on a dark and stormy night only to find ... See full summary »

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Curly learns that he is named in the will of his rich uncle, so the boys head for the uncle's mansion to attend the reading of the will. They arrive on a dark and stormy night only to find that the lawyer has been murdered and the will and the body have disappeared. All the relatives must stay in the spooky house while the police investigate and the stooges are given the bedroom where the uncle was murdered. After a series of misadventures with a walking skull and the uncle's body, which keeps turning up in strange places, the stooges unmask the butler and maid as the killers and recover the will. Then they learn that Curly has only been left sixty seven cents. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Nearly in the Dough  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

First appearance of a new, slower rendition of "Three Blind Mice" as the Stooges' theme music, arranged by John Leipold and Nico Grigor. It was used until 1948. See more »

Goofs

Obvious "stunt Curly" when they tackle the "maid". See more »

Quotes

Moe Pink: Don't tell me you've never heard of Link, Mink, and Pink!
Detective: Never heard of them! What do they do?
Moe Pink: We're in the sausage business. Link sausage, Mink sausage, and Pink sausage!
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Remake of The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930) See more »

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Curly Q. Link...
20 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Well, I'm sure very ardent stooge fan knows the story behind this particular short. The first one where it's painfully obvious Curly was not his old self--given that he suffered a stroke or possibly multiple strokes when this 2-reeler was filmed.

Whatever the case may be, anyone with eyes can see that Curly is definitely "off." And yet--in spite of that--I still like this one. One plus to the "Sick Curly" era is that this is when Larry's character started getting more development for the first time in years, and old "porcupine" really steps up his game during this time period.

Plus, even Curly at half-strength still beats most comedians in their prime & old Jerry was still capable of getting laughs--i.e. that hilarious backwards jump he does in reaction to poor Mr. Link being murdered on the very spot he was standing.

8 stars


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