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Phoney Cronies (1942)

Three incompetents are hired to deliver a large crate (supposedly containing artifacts, but actually containing a live gangster) to a creepy old museum in the middle of the night, leading ... See full summary »

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Harry Edwards

Writer:

Harry Edwards (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
El Brendel ... Oley
Tom Kennedy ... Tom
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... Homeowner
Dudley Dickerson ... Petty Larsen, the Bookkeeper
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Three incompetents are hired to deliver a large crate (supposedly containing artifacts, but actually containing a live gangster) to a creepy old museum in the middle of the night, leading to various slapstick mishaps. Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (pmsusana)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phony Cronies See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Tom: You've been our bookkeeper for five years and this is the first time our books have been uneven.
Petty Larsen, the Bookkeeper: Boss, a lot of people are having trouble right now balancing their books.
Tom: Petty, you said a mouthful.
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Alternate Versions

Legend Films released this short for the first time in 2007 on the remastered DVD of "Swing Parade Of 1946". However, the print is a 16mm home movie print from Official Films. It uses different title and end cards, but the episode is still completely uncut, including the scene where Dudley Dickerson wipes his forehead with a tissue and cuts to a close up of it with black stains on it. Despite being a politically incorrect joke and also in bad taste, it was removed from the 1959 Screen Gems television print. See more »

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Very funny; well worth a look
19 May 2001 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

This obscure but lively slapstick comedy was probably intended by Columbia for The Three Stooges, but is quite funny as it is. Dudley Dickerson (who appeared in more Stooges shorts than any other black actor) easily steals the show; the sequence where he attempts to catch a mouse in the kitchen is priceless.


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