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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 »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Curly (as Curly)
... Larry (as Larry)
... Moe (as Moe)
... Guard #1 (as Robert Williams)
... Warden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Prison Guard (archive footage)
... Guard (archive footage)
Eddie Laughton ... Pomeroy (archive footage)
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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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10 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Three Duds in the Suds  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first short Curly did after a had suffered a series of small strokes. It affected both his speech and timing. He is much thinner in this short as well. See more »

Goofs

The barrel of beer that Curly hides under his coat changes shape and size when the boys pose for their mugshot. 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 So Long Mr. Chumps (1941) See more »

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Weak short.
16 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is around the time after Curly got ill. To make things easier for him in this short, they decided to reuse excessive amounts of footage from earlier shorts just as SO LONG. MR. CHUMPS and IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE, and build somewhat of a plot around it (they would end up doing this a lot in the later in the mid-50's). A lame and poor idea, especially since you can notice a huge difference in Curly's performance from the new footage compared to the reused. Also, the footage from SO LONG adds nothing because in it, the Stooges are looking for Convict 41144, yet there's never an explanation of why. That was very lazy and confusing.

The weakest of the Curly shorts.


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