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Muscle Up a Little Closer (1957)

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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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Release Date:

28 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Builder Uppers  »

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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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One of the Better of the Besser Appearances..
2 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Growing up with The Three Stooges in Los Angeles on UHF Channel 52 KBSC during the late '60s, we looked forward to the antics of the Howard-Fine-Howard company, so the episodes with Joe Besser with a bit of a let-down, especially since Moe didn't abuse the latter as he always had the others, and because of his blatant sissiness, although this had historically been Besser's on-stage persona. This episode however is chock full of fun, and is a bit more palatable than their other late shorts. The fiasco with the eggs when Joe trips on the hand-truck, and the blow-torch sequences are hilarious. Then Moe tends to Joe's heart-attack by sterilizing his hands in water then wipes them dry on an oily rag.. Not my favorite or maybe even in the top 20, but still has plenty of worthwhile laughs..

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