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Fright Night (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 6 March 1947 (USA)
The stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writer:

Clyde Bruckman (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Dick Wessel ... Chopper Kane
Claire Carleton ... Kitty Davis
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Storyline

The stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bank roll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty. The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for his opponent and the two boxers engage in some pre-match fisticuffs that result in a broken hand for the opponent. The stooges think they've put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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The Stooges are punchier than ever in a knockout of screwy joy! (One-sheet poster).

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Over Our Dead Bodies See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally written when Curly Howard was still a member of the Stooges, but due to his declining health, his lines were rewritten for Shemp when he re-joined the team. See more »

Goofs

The magazine and the dumbbell in Chopper's hands swap places in another shot. See more »

Quotes

Moe: [Shemp bumps into Moe while all three Stooges are pacing back and forth] What's the matter with you?
[He grabs Shemp by the lapels]
Shemp: Let go! You're bending the stripes.
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Edited into Fling in the Ring (1955) See more »

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Shemp's fine but the plot's not
13 November 2009 | by Jim-500See all my reviews

As good as Shemp is in his short-subject debut with the stooges, it seems to me that the writers and director were going easy on him in that he isn't given much to do. In fact, Moe and Larry don't have much to do, either.

Sure, Shemp has plenty of ring time in the beginning of the flick when he's sparring with Chopper. And he does his hilarious "I've got a little brother this big" bit. But throughout the movie, the action has the stooges merely reacting to what the other characters--Chopper, his girlfriend, and the thugs--are doing, rather than interacting with themselves. For me, it makes for an uninteresting show.

One exception is when Larry unknowingly bangs Moe on the head with a large piece, and then brags about it to him before Moe gets his revenge. This sort of slapstick is woefully missing from Fright Night.

And I always wondered why they named it Fright Night. No ghosts, no goblins, no mysterious houses--just a boxing match!


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