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Booby Dupes (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 17 March 1945 (USA)
The stooges are three fish peddlers who decide to cut out the middleman by catching their own fish. They trade their car and $300 for a "new" boat which turns out to be a piece of junk that... See full summary »


Del Lord


Del Lord




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Rebel Randall ... Captain's Girl
Vernon Dent ... Captain


The stooges are three fish peddlers who decide to cut out the middleman by catching their own fish. They trade their car and $300 for a "new" boat which turns out to be a piece of junk that soon falls apart and sinks in the middle of the ocean. Luckily the boys also have a row boat which they climb into and then try to signal some passing planes for help. Unfortunately, their paint spattered rag is mistaken for a Japanese flag and they are bombed from the sky. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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The Stooges are mixed up in some fishy business. (Title lobby card).


Comedy | Short



Did You Know?


Production number 4006. See more »


When the Stooges are "out at sea", the reflection of the wooden structure surrounding the pool can be seen in the water. See more »


Larry: [after selling the Stooges' car] I'd like to see him start our car.
[the stooges start laughing]
Boat Man: I'd like to see you start that boat.
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Alternate Versions

When this short is shown on television the bombing scene is very edited due to the use of the derogatory term "Japs. In fact when the lead pilot sees Moe waving what he thinks is a Japanese flag, he says "They're Japs alright. Let 'em have it" and Moe used the term when he exclaimed "They think we're Japs". When the short is shown on television, however, they only show the Stooges waving the flag and the bombing without any explanation of why they were being bombed. See more »


Spoofs Cookoo Cavaliers (1940) See more »

User Reviews

They Can get it for you wholesale
9 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This short subject finds the 3 Stooges as fish peddlers and doing about as well as they do in other occupations. But they get the brilliant idea of becoming fishermen and selling their catch wholesale. What the Fulton Fish Market in New York wouldn't do to keep these guys away.

Once at sea in a pair of ramshackle rowboats the boys have their usual monkeyshines trying to learn their new trade. Curly has a bout with a flying fish and need I tell you who won?

But adding insult to injury when they sink one boat and get to the second, trying to get attention they raise a white flag for rescue. A passing plane sees the white flag and because of certain stains thinks it Japanese.

What was unusual about this was that at the very end Moe has a good idea from getting away from the bombs dropping all around. Can't tell what it is. But Stooge fans everywhere will appreciate it.

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Release Date:

17 March 1945 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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