When talking about Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
, three scenes must be brought up.
The opening where the Stooges find themselves doing yard work for a stranger, in exchange for a meal is the first.
The slapstick in the scene is dead on, as the Stooges take one shot after another to great comic effect.
Curly takes a lot of punishment from saws in this sequence, getting smacked in the face and sliced on the head.
He even attempts to repair a broken saw by sawing it in half, giving birth to one of my favorite Stooge lines "I'm sawing a saw in half with another saw, see?"
The Stooges incompetence at the simplest tasks get the better of them in this sequence, as their property damage turned a man who offered them food for work into someone who demanded compensation.
One can't help but wonder how long it took to work off their debt, or if they just wandered away.
The Widow Jenkins was a different breed than this gentleman.
She didn't ask for compensation and helped the Stooges out of the goodness of her heart.
It was the Stooges that offered her compensation for their meal, which proves that they have good hearts buried within them as well.
This also leads to the second sequence of slapstick, the pump scene, which is arguably the Stooges' finest hour.
This scene is positively brilliant.
Every touch is just right.
Every knock to the head is perfectly executed.
Every sound effect has the right amount of oomph.
Curly's round as an "unsuccessful cork" brings the guffaws coming long and hard.
Changing out of their oily clothes and into old lady dresses for the finale, the Stooges go looking for the crooks and have a battle with them in a runaway car.
One of the crooks threatens to punch Curly out "dame or no dame," prompting Curly to retaliate "Oh, hit a woman would ya'?!"
The brawl brings the short to a triumphant conclusion, as the Stooges warm hearts conquer all.
Not only that, this is a rare Stooge short in which the boys get the girls in the end, and not only that, they're the daughters of a millionaire widow, ensuring no money problems from here on out.
If the Three Stooges shorts had continuity, I'd suggest Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
be the series finale, as it has an appropriate happy ending.
As it is, it's about as close to a perfect Three Stooges short you can get.
There are three lengthy scenes of slapstick full of laughs and a story that makes you cheery.
It's an all-time favorite.Final Shemp's Final Word: