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Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)

The stooges are three fish peddlers who, looking for a new business opportunity, open a beauty salon south of the border. Their first customers are some chorus girls from a local night club... See full summary »


Jules White


Ewart Adamson (story), Ewart Adamson (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly Sinker (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry Hook (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe Line (as Moe)


The stooges are three fish peddlers who, looking for a new business opportunity, open a beauty salon south of the border. Their first customers are some chorus girls from a local night club. After the stooges completely ruin the girls' hair, and their manager finds out, the boys must leave on the run. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Comedy | Short


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There is an unfinished gag involving hair remover spilled on a dog. The unedited version shows Curly Howard wiping the dog dry and all the dog's hair comes off. See more »


The unconscious dog is laying on the ground in a different position when Curly says the line "Tarpon Monoxide". See more »


Curly Sinker: [after taking the fish out of the truck] All quiet on the fish front.
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Referenced in Not the Three Stooges XXX (2012) See more »

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International "Fishing" Trip
13 August 2014 | by redryan64See all my reviews

THIS ENTRY INTO the long running Three Stooges series came out when the Stooges comedies were probably at their pinnacle of popularity and production values (such as they were). It was during this sort of Limbo world of post-Depression and pre-American involvement in World War II that the short first saw the light of day.

THE RARELY USED plot of having the boys operating in two very different environs has always caused a definite sense of confusion in our mind. By starting out as trucking fish peddlers and winding up as surprised and totally inept beauticians, we find that we always tend to separate the two episodes; resulting in the false perception that there are two distinctly different short subjects.

THE ELEMENT OF comic use of language barrier as a source of the great misunderstanding is an integral part of so many comedies of the day. Although probably considered to be "Politically Incorrect" today, the freely employed burlesquing of the accents of Latin American people was a great source for verbal gags.

SO WE SEE the mispronunciation of "Salon" as "Saloon"; which is a central tenet of the story.

THIS PARTICULAR PRODUCTION features the talents of many of the standard Columbia Short Subjects regulars. Joining the Stooges in creating the fun are: the beautiful Dorothy Appleby, Lynton Brent, Dorothy De Haven, Marjorie Kane, Bob O'Connor, Blanche Payson and Blanca Vischer.

AS A SPECIAL ADDED feature of this comedy is the inclusion of Hal Roach veteran player, Anita Garvin. The beautiful and talented former foil for folks like Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase, in both the Silents and the Talkies was appearing in what was to be her last film role (as a customer for the Stooges' mobile fish business early in the movie).

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Release Date:

15 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty A La Mud See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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