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Beer Barrel Polecats (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 10 January 1946 (USA)
The stooges make a whole batch of homemade beer, but get tossed in jail when Curly sells some to a policeman. Their minor indiscretion turns into a forty year sentence when a barrel of beer... See full summary »

Director:

Jules White

Writers:

Gilbert Pratt (story) (as Gilbert W. Pratt), Gilbert Pratt (screenplay) (as Gilbert W. Pratt)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Robert B. Williams ... Guard #1 (as Robert Williams)
Vernon Dent ... Warden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Bennett ... Prison Guard (archive footage)
Lynton Brent ... Guard (archive footage)
Eddie Laughton Eddie Laughton ... Pomeroy (archive footage)
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Storyline

The stooges make a whole batch of homemade beer, but get tossed in jail when Curly sells some to a policeman. Their minor indiscretion turns into a forty year sentence when a barrel of beer Curly has hidden under his coat explodes while the boys are being photographed. In prison, the stooges get into more trouble with the warden and wind on the rockpile when they try to escape. Finally released as old men with long gray beards, the first thing Curly wants is a bottle of beer. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Duds in the Suds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last short to feature supporting actor Eddie Laughton (albeit in archive footage). See more »

Goofs

In the stock footage from "In the Sweet Pie and Pie" the Stooges are seen panicking with only 24 hours before they are given the death penalty. As the short progresses there is no more mention of them getting the death penalty stock footage from "So Long Mr. Chumps" has them planning to help a convict escape and Curly says "Maybe it's the Warden" which made sense in the original but in this short they've already met the warden (Vernon Dent). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Larry: [exiting cocktail lounge] How do you like that? No beer! You know, this is the sixteenth place we've been in?
Moe: Yeah, there ain't a bottle of beer in town.
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Edited from In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941) See more »

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We all put the yeast in...
27 December 2005 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

As other reviewers have already pointed out, the insertion of archival footage from previous mid-40s Curly shorts is what proves to be the downfall of this particular episode--which is something of a shame, since I found a lot of the new scenes to be quite hilarious; particularly the opening scenes with the stooges making their homemade brew (I'm sorry Moe, the crock skidded).

Of course, the stock footage was probably a combination of events, stemming from Curly's obviously declining health & the old thrift master Jules White showing an early affinity for saving a few dollars (something that came into greater prominence in the '50s).


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