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A Bird in the Head (1946)

The stooges are working as paperhangers in the home of Professor Panzer, a mad scientist looking for a brain to use in his experiments. The professor wants to put a human brain into a ... See full summary »

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... Curly (as Curly)
... Larry (as Larry)
... Moe (as Moe)
... Prof. Panzer
... Mr. Beedle (as Robert Williams)
... Nikko
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The stooges are working as paperhangers in the home of Professor Panzer, a mad scientist looking for a brain to use in his experiments. The professor wants to put a human brain into a gorilla but has trouble finding a brain small enough, which leads him to select Curly (for obvious reasons) as the perfect donor. The stooges manage to foil the madman with the help of the Gorilla who befriends Curly. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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28 February 1946 (USA)  »

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The animation of the cuckoo clock inside Curly Howard's head was done by Tex Avery. See more »

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Moe almost breaks character when Curly says the line, "The man liked my looks". See more »

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Moe: Say, are you scared?
Curly: No. Its silly to be scared.
Larry: It sure is!
Curly: Boy, am I silly...
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References Ingagi (1930) See more »

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"Bird Brain!"
5 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

A true stooge aficionado will crack up every time he or she hears that term--it's one of the key points in this drama. Dr. Panzer, played to sinister perfection by Vernon Dent, is looking for a brain small enough to transplant into the skull of his pet gorilla. When he hears Moe call Curly this familiar epithet, it takes on an entirely new meaning!

Dent virtually steals the show with his performance. He looks truly eerie, and when he starts to laugh as the boys realize what he's up to, it's something that might stay with you for a long time.

One odd thing about the short is when the gorilla starts firing the gun, he hits the boys in their posteriors (naturally); but he also clearly fatally wounds Panzer in the back. Maybe the only obvious death in the stooge film library? (Well, we never see him actually die.) The film is marred, as many stooge films are, by the lack of a concise ending. Otherwise, it's enjoyable to watch the boys misadventures, ranging from a classic botched wallpaper job to how they evade Dent and his furry friend. And it has one of my favorite exchanges of all time, as Moe and Larry observe the doctor studying Curly's skull:

Larry: That guy must be a headhunter!

Moe: If he's a headhunter, he's huntin' small game.


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