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Cuckoo on a Choo Choo (1952)

Larry and Shemp are living in a stolen railroad car. Larry wants to marry his girlfriend, but she won't consent until Shemp marries her sister. Shemp however, is constantly drunk and in ... See full summary »

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Jules White

Writer:

Felix Adler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe / Voice of Radio Newscaster (as Moe)
Patricia Wright Patricia Wright ... Lenora
Victoria Horne ... Roberta
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Storyline

Larry and Shemp are living in a stolen railroad car. Larry wants to marry his girlfriend, but she won't consent until Shemp marries her sister. Shemp however, is constantly drunk and in love with "Carry", an imaginary giant canary. Moe is an investigator from the railroad, sent to discover how the car was stolen from a moving train. Moe is also in love with Shemp's girl. Shemp winds up with both women, but still prefers his imaginary canary. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Train Called Schmow See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Considered one of the worst entries in the series, this film was a favorite of Larry. See more »

Goofs

When the Stooges are fighting over the skunk, Shemp trips over one of the seats and Larry says "Watch Yourself!" to him, out of character. See more »

Quotes

Shemp: Oh...I'm shot! Or I'm half shot, I wanna be shot...Oh, I guess I'll have a shot.
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Connections

Spoofs A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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Bizarre Stooge short.
10 December 2005 | by maxcellus46See all my reviews

The whole time of this short is spent in a stopped railroad car, and that's pretty much how the comedy is too. This is a "minimalist" Stooge short because there are no scene changes, no varied support cast, no foils like Vernon Dent to run up against, and the Stooges are all playing separate characters, not a team. Shemp plays a drunk through out the whole time, which wears thin after about five minutes. I don't know what Larry's position is in all this mess, and Moe is gruff as always as a detective. None of this gels. It's as if Chaplin or Orson Welles were directing this as an experimental film, and they had their goof ups too. This short it totally miss able.


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