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Muscle Up a Little Closer (1957)

It was great seeing that gorgeous Tiny Ray squash Elmo Drake. Go Tiny.

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Jules White

Writer:

Felix Adler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Besser ... Joe (as Joe)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Maxine Gates Maxine Gates ... Tiny Ray
Harriette Tarler Harriette Tarler ... Mary Brown
Ruth Godfrey Ruth Godfrey ... May Trent
Matt Murphy Matt Murphy ... Elmo Drake
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Storyline

Joe is engaged but can't get married until he recovers the engagement ring which has disappeared. The stooges suspect the ring was stolen by Elmo, a beefy bully, who works at the same factory they do. They confront Elmo in the company gym, but he's too tough for them. Fortunately Joe's girl is even tougher, and she gets Elmo to confess and return the ring. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Builder Uppers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first instance where Moe does not have his bowl-style haircut and Larry does not have his frizzy halo of hair per request of Joe Besser who wanted them to look more like gentlemen. See more »

Goofs

After Larry gets crushed by the bed from Tiny, a gag is supposed to happen when he accidentally hits Moe and Joe in the face, but it cuts to the next scene before it happens. See more »

Quotes

Moe: This is a man's job.
Larry: Where will we find one?
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Connections

References The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) See more »

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One of the Better of the Besser Appearances..
2 July 2013 | by jazzfiSee all my reviews

Growing up with The Three Stooges in Los Angeles on UHF Channel 52 KBSC during the late '60s, we looked forward to the antics of the Howard-Fine-Howard company, so the episodes with Joe Besser with a bit of a let-down, especially since Moe didn't abuse the latter as he always had the others, and because of his blatant sissiness, although this had historically been Besser's on-stage persona. This episode however is chock full of fun, and is a bit more palatable than their other late shorts. The fiasco with the eggs when Joe trips on the hand-truck, and the blow-torch sequences are hilarious. Then Moe tends to Joe's heart-attack by sterilizing his hands in water then wipes them dry on an oily rag.. Not my favorite or maybe even in the top 20, but still has plenty of worthwhile laughs..


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