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Cuckoo on a Choo Choo (1952)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  4 December 1952 (USA)
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Larry and Shemp are living in a stolen railroad car. Larry wants to marry his girlfriend, but she won't consent until Shemp marries her sister. Shemp however, is constantly drunk and in ... See full summary »

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Shemp (as Shemp)
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Moe / Voice of Radio Newscaster (as Moe)
Patricia Wright ...
Lenora
Victoria Horne ...
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Larry and Shemp are living in a stolen railroad car. Larry wants to marry his girlfriend, but she won't consent until Shemp marries her sister. Shemp however, is constantly drunk and in love with "Carry", an imaginary giant canary. Moe is an investigator from the railroad, sent to discover how the car was stolen from a moving train. Moe is also in love with Shemp's girl. Shemp winds up with both women, but still prefers his imaginary canary. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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4 December 1952 (USA)  »

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A Train Called Schmow  »

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Considered one of the worst entries in the series, this film was a favorite of Larry. See more »

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Shemp: Oh...I'm shot! Or I'm half shot, I wanna be shot...Oh, I guess I'll have a shot.
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Spoofs Harvey (1950) See more »

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Not the worst Stooges short...
6 March 2005 | by (US) – See all my reviews

"Cuckoo on A Choo Choo" has often been called the worst Three Stooges short. While it's not their best film, the uniqueness of this work in the series begs for a second look.

Larry and Shemp have swiped a railroad car called Schmow, with Larry hoping to marry his girlfriend. Shemp is a rich drunk who would rather woo an imaginary canary than the sister of Larry's girlfriend. Moe plays a railroad detective who discovers the car.

"Cuckoo on a Choo Choo" is a broad satire on "A Streetcar Named Desire." Larry satires Marlon Brando's role in that movie, and it is a delight to see him in a role other than middle Stooge. Shemp's drunkard character adds some comedic highlights as well.

True, the film is budget-thin (the streetcar is basically the only set) and tedious at times. But the satire and the broad humor make this film unique (much like the uniqueness of their first Columbia film, "Woman Haters," which included rhyming dialogue).

This is not the worst film in the series (the racist "The Yoke's on Me," which shows Japanese-Americans that escaped from a California relocation camp, surely rates that honor). I encourage Stooge fans to seek out this hard-to-find film and compare it with "The Yoke's on Me" or half of the Joe Besser shorts for awfulness. "Cuckoo on A Choo Choo" offers enough funny business and satire to appeal to the casual Stooge fan. 6 out of 10.


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