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Muscle Up a Little Closer (1957)

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It was great seeing that gorgeous Tiny ray squash Elmo Drake. Go Tiny



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Complete credited cast:
Joe (as Joe)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Maxine Gates ...
Tiny Ray
Harriette Tarler ...
Mary Brown
Ruth Godfrey ...
May Trent
Matt Murphy ...
Elmo Drake


Joe is engaged but can't get married until he recovers the engagement ring which has disappeared. The stooges suspect the ring was stolen by Elmo, a beefy bully, who works at the same factory they do. They confront Elmo in the company gym, but he's too tough for them. Fortunately Joe's girl is even tougher, and she gets Elmo to confess and return the ring. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

28 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Builder Uppers  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)
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The first instance where Moe does not have his bowl-style haircut and Larry does not have his frizzy halo of hair. See more »


Moe: This is a man's job.
Larry: Where will we find one?
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References The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) See more »

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good grief
21 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man, I'd really be worried for Maxine Gates if she were still alive with this "desimone_ken" character on the loose (sheesh).

Moving on....

MUSCLE UP... is a somewhat curious piece for me because it's the only short from the Besser era I can think of that seems to have a decent script behind it. I can only imagine that had this story been done with a 100% Curly or Shemp that it may have been a very good entry in the stooge film library. Unfortunately, Joe Besser is third stooge in this one. Nothing personal against the guy, but his dainty personality just didn't mesh at all with the brashness of Moe and Larry.


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