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A Bird in the Head (1946)

The stooges are working as paperhangers in the home of Professor Panzer, a mad scientist looking for a brain to use in his experiments. The professor wants to put a human brain into a ... See full summary »

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The stooges are working as paperhangers in the home of Professor Panzer, a mad scientist looking for a brain to use in his experiments. The professor wants to put a human brain into a gorilla but has trouble finding a brain small enough, which leads him to select Curly (for obvious reasons) as the perfect donor. The stooges manage to foil the madman with the help of the Gorilla who befriends Curly. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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28 February 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Longtime Stooge sound man Edward Bernds' makes his debut as a director. He later said that directing Curly was really difficult due to his health problems and Moe had to coach him line by line. Despite being released in February 1946, this short was filmed first before Micro-Phonies (1945)' (1945) and The Three Troubledoers (1946) (1946) because Bernds was able to convince studio head Harry Cohn to push back the releases for the three shorts. Micro-Phonies (1945)' (1945) was the best of the three Curly shorts because of his bright performance. See more »

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Moe almost breaks character when Curly says the line, "The man liked my looks". See more »

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Moe: [a mad scientist is after Curly] Hey, he's gonna grab Curly.
Larry: Yeah, we'd better do something.
Moe: He'll take him to the lab, won't he?
Larry: Yes.
Moe: Well, we'll ambush him.
[Moe grabs Larry's ears and wrings them]
Moe: Then we'll "infilterate" him.
[Moe runs his fingers up Larry's face]
Moe: Then we'll give him the old pincers movement.
[Moe smacks Larry's cheeks and forehead in rapid succession]
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Edward Bernds debut as director
7 April 2003 | by (Walla Walla, WA) – See all my reviews

An average stooge short, somewhat ruined by Curly's performance due to a stroke that he recently suffered and it clearly shows on this short.

The stooges start off as wallpaper hangers, the stooges boss Mr. Beetle tells the boys to do a good job and he walks into Professor Panzer's office, Panzer wants to find a human brain small enough to fit inside the skull of a gorilla, then there's a funny scene when Larry accidentally gets Moe's head stuck between a ladder and the steps break and when Curly and Larry grab some wallpaper and they cover Moe's face inside and after Mr. Beetle shows up, he gets angry after the boys doing an awful job and he decides to not only fire them, he decides to tear them limb to limb.

Then the boys enter inside Panzer's office and Panzer decides to do an experiment on Curly's head and he tells the boys that they'll be living the life of luxury as long as they live and the boys find the gorilla and they start running for their lives and there's a memorable scene when Panzer does a screen test on Curly's head and it's a bird coming out of the clock going cookoo then the boys decide to run from the professor.

This short was also the debut of former stooge soundman Edward Bernds as a director even though his next short Micro-Phonies was released before this one, on Micro-Phonies, Curly was in much better health compared to this short and the short was one of the stooge's greatest performances.


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