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Fuelin' Around (1949)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  7 July 1949 (USA)
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The stooges are carpet layers working in the home of a scientist, Professor Sneed, who has invented a super rocket fuel. Larry is mistaken for the professor by foreign agents who kidnap the... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Christine McIntyre ...
Hazel Sneed
Emil Sitka ...
Prof. Sneed
Vernon Dent ...
Philip Van Zandt ...
Capt. Rork
Hans Schumm ...
Col. Cluttz (as Andre Pola)
Jock Mahoney ...
Guard (as Jacques O'Mahoney)


The stooges are carpet layers working in the home of a scientist, Professor Sneed, who has invented a super rocket fuel. Larry is mistaken for the professor by foreign agents who kidnap the trio and take them to the country of Anemia where they are ordered to produce the rocket fuel or be executed. The boys come up with a concoction they try to pass of as the real stuff, but are exposed when the real professor and his daughter are also kidnapped. The stooges help them escape, using their secret formula to fuel a jeep. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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The Stooges cook up a brand new formula... for laughs!


Comedy | Short





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7 July 1949 (USA)  »

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Production number 4114. See more »


When the Stooges are pulling Shemp through the floor while the general is trying to pull him up, it is obvious that a dummy has replaced him in several shots. See more »


Moe: You know, he's the most intelligent imbecile I ever saw.
Shemp: Hey! How about me?
Moe: Oh you're much smarter. You're just an imbecile.
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Remade as Hot Stuff (1956) See more »

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One of Shemp's best (Ah, of the best, period)
10 October 2001 | by (Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Fuelin' Around" (1949) is one of the Stooges best and one of Ed Bernds' best directing jobs. It is easily one of the best 3 Stooges films with Shemp (not that other films with Shemp are necessarily bad; I strongly disagree with those who say that the Stooges without Curly are not worth watching). Anyway, in this great film, a man named Professor Sneed (played by wonderful Stooges bit actor Emil Sitka) has perfected a rocket fuel which enemy agents who desire the fuel's formula try to steal. The problem is Larry and Sneed have matching hairstyles so HE (and the other Stooges) are kidnapped instead. Eventually, the real professor is also kidnapped at which point the Stooges are revealed as frauds and must make their escape before their doom hits. Great acting performances by EVERYONE in this film (the stooges, Sitka, McIntyre, Van Zandt, Dent, Mahoney) and, as stated earlier, great direction. This film adds another feather to the Stooges' cap of wonderful films. They seldom get better than this. RECOMMENDED.

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