Dizzy Doctors (1937) starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard) are asleep in bed at noon until they’re awakened by their wives, who demand that they find jobs. The boys soon stumble on company president Dr. Bright (Frank Mills), who is in desperate need of salesmen for his new product called Brighto — “Brighto: makes old bodies new.” How desperate? Desperate enough to hire Moe, Larry and Curly, who think that Brighto is car polish.
The Stooges take to the streets where they eagerly (and ineptly) demonstrate Brighto for prospective customers, but application of the product damages a policeman’s (Bud Jamison) sleeve, destroys another man’s shoe, and ultimately removes the paint from a man’s (Vernon Dent) new car. The angry owner of the car joins with the policeman in hot pursuit of the Stooges, only to be unintentionally hit by pies during the chase, promising to get even if he ever sees them again!
Medicine, not car polish!
On the run, the Stooges return to Dr. Bright’s office to complain that the polish is terrible. Dr. Bright admonishes the Stooges, telling them it is medicine, not polish. However, he foolishly agrees to give them a second chance as salesmen. Knocking over the doctor’s displays for a second time, the boys work their way into Los Arms Hospital and try to sell Brighto to the patients.
Eventually, they enter the office of the superintendent — Dr. Harry Arms — to try to make a sale, only to find out that it’s Vernon Dent whose car they damaged before they pied him — and the chase is on! The Stooges try to escape into an elevator, but Vernon Dent is inside, so the Stooges close the door on him and send him to the top floor by turning the elevator arrow. The boys then make a hasty exit by riding a hospital gurney into the street, where they use a blanket as a sail. After causing an auto accident, they run home, jump through a window into their bed, and go back to sleep.
Dizzy Doctors is available as part of the Three Stooges Collection volume 2
Funny movie quotes from Dizzy Doctors – the Three Stooges
Curly: Brighto! Brighto! It makes old bodies new! We’ll sell a million bottles, Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo!
Curly: Hey, what’s this stuff for anyway?
Larry: Why it’s a cleaner, you chump.
Curly: I know. It’s auto polish.
Moe: You boys really want to know what it’s for?
Curly, Larry: Yeah!
Moe: It’s for sale. Now get busy selling it.
Moe: [while “polishing” a man’s shoe with Brighto] Remember sir, Brighto! You’ll never forget it as long as you live!
[removes the rag to realize that the Brighto has eaten right through the man’s shoe] And neither will I!
Policeman (Bud Jamison): [Larry is standing next to a fence with one leg hidden to look crippled] Oh I’m sorry buddy. I didn’t notice the leg was gone.
Larry: Huh? Oh yeah, gone but not forgotten.
Policeman (Bud Jamison): War, eh?
Larry: No, banana peel.
Larry: If you have a knickknack with a nick in it, we’ll knock the nick outta the knickknack with Brighto!
Brighto is medicine?
Curly: Hello Ma, hello Pa. It wasn’t much of a fight. I stood like that … but not for long!
Trivia for Dizzy Doctors
- Solomon Horowitz, the real-life father of Moe, Shemp, and Curly, appears as a street onlooker in the scene near the end where the Stooges crash their gurney into the car. He’s the stocky man with moustache and glasses, wearing a fedora (he’s also in the courtroom audience in “Disorder in the Court“). Solomon and his wife Jenny were in town visiting their famous sons when they were filming, and were given these cameo appearances.
- Ella McKenzie, the actress seen briefly as the desk nurse at the microphone, was the wife of comic actor Billy Gilbert (‘What you try to make for me–a fruit salad!?’ in ‘Pardon My Scotch“) in 1937.
- The footage of the Stooges sailing on a gurney through the city streets would be reused in From Nurse to Worse.
- The Stooges try to sell their medicine in the Los Arms Hospital; this is the same hospital seen in Men in Black.
- When Moe hits each of the skulls in turn each sounds a different note. The tones are a parody of the G-E-C pattern used for the NBC Chimes.
- A colorized version of this film was released in 2006. It was part of the DVD collection entitled “Stooges on the Run“.
Cast of characters
- Curly Howard … Curly
- Larry Fine … Larry
- Moe Howard … Moe
- Robert McKenzie (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Doctor Bright
- Horace Murphy … Dr. Bright
- Vernon Dent (Idle Roomers) … Dr. Harry Arms
- Bud Jamison (A Ducking They Did Go) … Policeman
- Earle D. Bunn … Man in Overturned Truck
- Bobby Burns … Man in Wheelchair
- Chuck Callahan (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Patient in Operating Room
- Louise Carver (Some More of Samoa) … Lady By Car
- Casey Colombo (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Patient at Bottom of Pile
- Lew Davis (Cash and Carry) … Driver Who Gives Curly a Ride
- Charles Dorety (Dizzy Pilots) … Orderly in Corridor (uncredited)
- June Gittelson (The Sitter-Downers) … Moe’s Wife (uncredited)
- George Gray (A Plumbing We Will Go) … Onlooker by Drugstore
- A.R. Haysel … Dandruff Patient
- Sol Horwitz (Disorder in the Court) … Onlooker with Glasses and Moustache
- William Irving (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Surgeon
- Johnny Kascier (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Orderly on Right in Hallway
- Ione Leslie … Curly’s Wife
- Jack ‘Tiny’ Lipson (Back from the Front) … Shoeshine Victim
- Sam Lufkin (How High Is Up?) … Dr. Arms Older Assistant
- Ella McKenzie … Desk Nurse
- Betty McMahon (Hoi Polloi) … Doctor Bright’s Secretary
- Gertrude Messinger (The Greatest Show On Earth) … Nurse in Corridor
- Frank Mills (No Census No Feeling) … Sleeping Patient
- James C. Morton (We Want Our Mummy) … Man on Street
- Blanche Payson (Slippery Silks) … Larry’s Wife
- Cy Schindell (Three Little Pirates) … Dr. Arm’s Assistant
- Al Thompson (Violent is the Word for Curly) … Second Surgeon
- Harley Wood (Cash and Carry)… Patient Nurse
- Bert Young (What’s the Matador?) … Traffic Cop run over by Stooges
Updated April 30, 2023