If a Body Meets a Body (1945) – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Fred Kelsey, Theodore Lorch
If a Body Meets a Body is one of the Three Stooges true comedy classics, with a sad note. In it, Curly Howard plays Curly Q. Link, living with his friends Moe and Larry in a ramshackle hut. Moe and Larry are on the verge of throwing him out when they read in the newspaper that an eccentric millionaire has died, and the reading of the will will commence once Curly Q. Link, the âmissing linkâ is found. In short order, Moe, Larry and Curly are on their way to the mansion.
To the Three Stoogesâ surprise, a detective is awaiting them there. It turns out that the uncle has not only died, but he has been murdered, and all of the relatives are suspects, and they will all be held there until the murderer is found. Shortly after, the lawyer is murdered, and the will is missing. Everyone is forced to stay the night, and the Stooges stay in the room where the uncle was murdered. Unfortunately for Curly, a parrot escapes his cage and walks into a skull (doesnât everyone keep one in their bedroom?) and first scares them by walking around, and more so by flying around the room. Pandemonium erupts, with the dead uncleâs corpse appearing and disappearing, much running in terror, etc. until the murderer is revealed, and Curly finds out that he inherits … 67 cents.
A very funny Three Stooges short, and the first one in which the effects of Curlyâs stroke is noticeable. His energy level is notably reduced, although he clearly has moments where the âold Curlyâ shines through.
If a Body Meets a Body is available as part of the Three Stooges DVD collection, Three Stooges Collection volume 4.
Quotes from The Three Stoogesâ If a Body Meets a Body
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): Blow out that candle.
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): Oh, no! Then itâll be dark! Iâm scared!
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): Blow out that candle or Iâll blow out your brain. Or a facsimile thereof.
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): Or a facsimile thereofâ¦ all right.
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): Pardon me, Iâ¦
Detective (Fred Kelsey): Whoâre you?
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): [indignantly] Iâm Curly Q. Link!
Detective (Fred Kelsey): Oh, youâre the missing Link!
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): No, Iâm da found Link! Nyuk nyuk nyuk!
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): [reading his uncleâs will] âTo my nephew, Curly Q. Link…â Thatâs me! âI leave a sum total of sixty-seven cents, net.â
Larry (Larry Fine): [reading the want ads, looking for jobs] Hereâs one. âWanted: Gravediggers.â
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): No, no, too morbid.
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): Da morbid, da merrier! Nyuk nyuk nyuk!
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): You know my name is Curly Q. Link!
Larry Mink (Larry Fine): Whatâs the âQâ stand for? Quincy?
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): No.
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): Quentin?
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): No.
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): Well then, what?
Curly Q. Link (Curly Howard): Cuff.
Larry (Larry Fine): Oh, Cuff Link!
Jerkington: [creepily] Goodnight, gentlemen. I hope you have a nice LONG sleep.
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): Thanks, Dracula.
Larry (Larry Fine): [about Curlyâs soup] Smells like a dead horse!
Moe Pink (Moe Howard): Be like me, fellas, I ainât scared. But letâs get outta here!
Trivia about The Three Stoogesâ If a Body Meets a Body
- This has a plot identical to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardyâs short The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930). Fred Kelsey even plays a domineering detective in both shorts.