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Danny Warren (Phil Regan) is determined to be a success in the nightclub business, despite the protests of his uptight businessman father (Russell Hicks). Danny's club manager Moose (Ed Brophy), and stage crew (& part-time waiters) Moe, Larry & Curly, are ever-vigilant for process servers sent by Warren Sr. to shut down the club. Struggling singer Carol Lawrence (Gale Storm) is initially hired by Warren Sr. to serve a subpoena, but winds up hired as the nightclub's new talent find, and becomes Danny's new love interest. Warren Sr. reluctantly relents and attends the club's opening night, but the Stooges and Moose mistake him for a process server and throw him out onto the street. It's up to Marie Finch (Mary Treen), Danny's ex-girlfriend, to smooth things over.

The Stooges rework several bits they performed with Ted Healy at MGM: the plumbing sequences are adapted from MEET THE BARON (1933), and some of the waiter gags are borrowed from BEER AND PRETZELS (1933).

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
March 16, 1946
Production Type
Feature Film
74.2 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4517
Shooting Days:   24 days   From: 1945-07-30   To: 1945-08-25

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Stooge Quotes   (2)
  • "Hello? Yes... Definitely... Absolutely... Positively, wrong number!" [Click!]

  • "Get the wrench!" "Wrench?" "Monkey!" "Don't be poisonal!"
    (Ed Brophy, Larry & Curly)

Stooge Goofs   (10)
  • Actor's Shadow Revealed
    During the scene where Carol tears up the Dispossesion Notice, she says to the Stooges "I could kiss all of you!" When they begin to line up for the smooch, watch the back wall at the lower-right of the screen and you can see the shadow of the head of the actor playing Danny bob in and out of view a couple of times before he enters the scene.

  • Change in Position
    In the Embassy Club rehearsal scene just after Carol accepts the job of serving a process paper, Danny Jr. is practicing his song. In the medium shots, he is holding the music sheet at waist level, but in the close-ups he is holding the music sheet at chest level.

  • No explanation
    Early in the film, Curly says that he and the other Stooges can't read. But later in the film, we see Curly reading off of a menu with no problem.

  • Obvious Stunt Double
    The scene after when Carol faints at the sight of the Stooges has Moe, Larry and Curly sleeping on top of a grand piano, with Curly closest to the keyboard. They all three turn over at the same time, causing Curly to fall onto the keyboard, then to the piano bench. This scene has a stunt double in Curly's place with a very obvious-looking "Bald-Curly" headpiece on.

  • Subtle Clothing Change
    The scenes of Carol waking up with pajamas on and putting on her robe to answer the door shows her wrapping the robe tightly around her body when she approaches the door. But the very next scene, when she gets to the door and explains to Danny "I have it on", shows that the robe is no longer wrapped around her and reveals her pajamas from the front.

  • Sudden Appearance
    In the Stooges very first scene, the club manager orders the boys to do the dishes. He strikes all three on the feet to get them to drop their newspapers they are reading, which they do. But in the very next scene, Curly is suddenly holding his newspaper at chest level.

  • Superstition Reigns Supreme!
    Also not a goof, but the scene of Moe, Larry and Curly taking the emergency job as waiters has Moose assigning them to stations. Moose says, "Larry, you take 9 and 10 ... Moe, 11 and 12 ... and Curly, 14 and 15." It appears the nightclub intentionally left out station 13!

  • Well Crafted Scene!
    NOT a goof, but a scene so well put together and shot, it is worth mentioning!The scene of Danny (just after remarking about Carol as having "Opening Night Jitters") picking through the crowd during Opening Night shows him passing in front of a very large, long mirror. The mirror reflects people milling about and dancers dancing, just as you might expect it to. This means that the set had to be much bigger than the actual scene required to get all those proper images into the mirror. Also, the camera dolly and crew were carefully placed at approximately a 45 degree angle from the main action in the scene and therefore were never reflected in the mirror while shooting. Kudos, guys!!

  • What About the Kitten?
    The very first scene shows Carol putting on her shoes and a kitten lapping milk at her feet. As the movie progresses, she is evicted and locked out of her apartment. The movie NEVER shows her getting back into her place to retrieve clothing, belongings, etc. WHAT about the poor little kitty trapped inside the apartment?

  • Wrong Timing
    During the scene where Carol gets a chance at an audition, the boys are ordered to go back to doing the dishes, but instead sneak back and lay down next to the band to hear her sing. Danny then silently tells the band to begin playing along with her singing. All these scenes take place while Carol is singing a slow intro to the song "The Sunny Side of the Street", but the shot of the band picking up their instruments and preparing to play along shows the boys nodding their heads in time to the faster-paced music which HASN'T started yet!

Stooge Routines   (4)
  • Drop what you're doing
    A Stooge holding several dishes or something else is asked to do something, but he says that he's busy. So he's asked to "drop what he's doing", followed by the Stooge actually dropping the dishes on the ground.

  • Eyepoke through the telephone or window
    When speaking to Curly on the phone or through a window, Moe pokes his two fingers into the telephone receiver or window, and Curly reacts on the other side as if he actually got eyepoked.
    Also used in:  FALSE ALARMS  ·   MONKEY BUSINESSMEN  ·  

  • Maze of pipes
    When a leak starts in one pipe, the third Stooge connects another pipe to that one, thinking it will stop the leak. When it doesn't and just causes the water to flow through the 2nd pipe, the third Stooge keeps on connecting more and more pipes until he finds himself trapped inside a maze of pipes.

  • Shoving Larry down sink pipe
    After something valuable drops down a sink pipe, Moe picks up Larry and tries to actually shove him down the pipe.

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Fan Reviews   (6)
Posted 2007-06-24 13:49:20 by Justin T
A decent movie, good but not great. The Stooges get alot of screen time as the co-stars and put in a good performance here for sure, esp Curly who's health in '46 was in decline but here he looks and performs better than in most of the shorts from that year. I liked some of the music here and there are some good performances. I liked them reusing the gags and one liners from "Beer and Pretzles" when the boys were waiting on tables. There was some funny stuff there. Definatly worth checking out, my copy is the recent Legend Fims release and the films looked great.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2006-07-08 01:05:13 by [Deleted Member]
Really not a bad film overall, with some musical contributions from Connee Boswell, and I happen to be a fan of hers. Too bad that all three Boswell Sisters didn't appear here, but I believe they'd gone their separate ways by 1946. Ironically, given the title, Will Osborne's orchestra was a "sweet" dance band, and anything but a swing outfit. Also, swing music was on the way out by then, due to the recording ban called by Musicians' Union head James Petrillo, which backfired on the union and put a lot of the big bands out of business. Musical tastes were changing anyway, in favor of smaller instrumental groups, and singers. 1945-46 was the period when Frank Sinatra became a superstar, and that changed the whole pop music scene away from the big bands and toward the crooners. The Stooges are in good (but not great) form, and Curly seems to be in better shape than he usually was at this time. As in some of his later shorts, he seems to pull himself together in front of the camera and turn in a funny performance, but of course he couldn't always do that. The production values... well, this film is shot mostly indoors, and the print I've seen is really dark, but I couldn't tell if that's bad set lighting, or just the print. Maybe both.
Posted 2006-07-07 21:32:02 by Carrie The Canary
Interesting to see Curly this late in his career appearing more healthy than in the shorts. Probably due to the fact that full length films--even cheapies like this Monogram offering--were not shot in such a hurry as the shorts, and that the Stooges are not in every scene.

Noteworthy that Curly is billed as JEROME HOWARD in the closing credits. Did he believe that his days as a stooge were numbered and was preparing a transition to non-Curly acting roles?

Anyway, worth it for the Stooge scenes. And Gale Storm is pretty cute, too.
Posted 2006-03-14 15:30:56 by Bangsmith
Edited 2006-03-25 09:48:43 by shemps#1
This movie may not be a Stooges vehicle, but they get more screen time here than in Soup To Nuts. They are actually billed as co-stars. The Stooges scenes are the best, but there is one scene at the end that is hilarious, and it doesn't involve the Stooges. A kid, who has been trying for a job interview with Moose for the entire movie, finally gets an interview. What he does then will never leave my mind!

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-08-16 03:39:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-07-01 19:35:00 by Stooge
Actually, I like this film - only for the Stooges, of course. I thought their scenes were very funny. I think this was filmed after Curly got ill, but he still does a good job here. They get a good amount of screen time in this short and actually have to do with the plot, as opposed to most of their other movie appearances where they just make cameos.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-08-16 02:30:00 by Mike Holme
I agree with Warnie, this film was boring except for the scenes with the stooges, plus, they steal the show. Unfortunately, the stooges are in relatively few scenes, the longest scene with the stooges lasted only five minutes, and that is when they try to retrieve Moose's watch. Overall, this was bad, but the few scenes with the stooges were good.Grade: D+ Mike Holme

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