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Muscle Up a Little Closer (1957)

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

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Joe (as Joe)
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Moe (as Moe)
Maxine Gates ...
Tiny Ray
Harriette Tarler ...
Mary Brown
Ruth Godfrey ...
May Trent
Matt Murphy ...
Elmo Drake
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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 <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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28 February 1957 (USA)  »

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Builder Uppers  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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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 per request of Joe Besser who wanted them to look more like gentlemen. See more »

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When Joe spills the crates of eggs, at least one of the angry groans from him were dubbed in. See more »

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Moe: This is a man's job.
Larry: Where will we find one?
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Blimp takes off on guy!
10 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not at all a contender for being overly amusing as Stooge shorts go but when another supporting actor/actress is added that can obviously hold her own, comically, then there's hope yet. Maxine Gates was certainly far more capable of working with the Stooges than say that one with the lame psycho singer "Tiny" as Joe's sister. BLAH! I only wish that Joe had been more cooperative in taking punishment from Moe. They actually may have clicked and become the "Three Stooges" of the 1960's. Should've, would've, could've. It's all academic now. In any case, this is not overall a very bad short. Joe seems to be getting it right here especially when he has to clean up some cases of eggs that he spilled out and broke. Can you hear Curly doing his trademark "la lee, la de la" here? That's what Joe attempts and does pretty well too I might add. Also the "idea" he gets about using a blow torch to first fry up the egg residue and then sweep it up. Something I can hear Curly thinking out loud about: "Hmm!That's an idea!" The scene where Moe and Larry are going through lockers looking for the stolen ring is somewhat of a quandary to me though. First, why aren't all three looking and why isn't there any real slapstick going on about this episode? Also, in some of these "late era" shorts, why are Moe and Larry appearing without their traditional hairstyles? It's like Laurel & Hardy without their bowler hats or their personal hair styles. In any case, on the whole, not a bad short to catch sometime. Too bad not all the shorts with Joe in it are up to this one.


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