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The Tooth Will Out (1951)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  4 October 1951 (USA)
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The stooges graduate from dental school and go out west to open a practice. Everything goes well until Shemp "cures" an outlaw's toothache from the instructions in a carpentry book, and the... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Margie Liszt ...
Miss Beebe
Vernon Dent ...
Dr. Keefer--professor of dentistry


The stooges graduate from dental school and go out west to open a practice. Everything goes well until Shemp "cures" an outlaw's toothache from the instructions in a carpentry book, and the boys must leave on the run. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

4 October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Yank at the Dentist  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The last appearance of Dick Curtis with the Stooges, as he passed away the following year. See more »


Dr. Keefer - professor of dentistry: The tuition is $5 each, or three for $25.
Moe: A rare bargain, we'll take the 25.
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My Lucky Strike
Written by Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Shemp Howard
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Go West!
10 April 2005 | by (St. Thomas, USVI) – See all my reviews

Another great Stooges short. The boys serendipitously find themselves enrolled in Dental School after escaping their former employer's wrath (Emil Sitka with an Italian accent demoniacally swinging a cleaver---Shemp's high-sign warning to Moe: "George Washint'n! George Washint'n!"). Moe displays his keen mathematical acumen by taking the three-for-$25 option for their tuitions. Shemp falls head over heels for Vernon Dent's comely albeit enormously buck-toothed assistant, Margie Liszt, whose great uncle Franz had composed Hungarian Rhapsody Number 5 with this particular Stooges short in mind. And no wonder: where else will you ever see the Stooges sing in harmony, led by a ridiculously over-sized set of dentures? But Vernon Dent has the best line in the film when he implores the newly graduated (by default) Stooges to get as far away from his establishment as possible: "Go West! Go West!" Oh, if Horace Greeley could only have lived long enough to see this short! Of course he would have been about 150 years old, but why nitpick? The last scene, when Shemp has finally hung his shingle and set up shop, portends the future, for by inference Moe and Larry are his dental hygienists! It's never explained why Shemp gets to be the dentist, but you'll see right away that Moe and Larry knew what they were doing all along. The pace in this magnificent short never lets up, and Shemp, as usual, is brilliant. This one's a must-see.

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