A Ducking They Did Go (1939) starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Bud Jamison
A Ducking They Did Go is one of the Three Stooges classic short films, where Moe, Larry and Curly are are on the run from the law – after trying to steal watermelons off a truck. Looking for cover, they dash into an office for the Blackie and Doyle Canvas Back Duck Club, who are looking for salesmen to sell memberships in their duck club. Being desperate for salespeople (as well as actually being con men), Blackie and Doyle agree to hire the Three Stooges as salesmen to their duck club.
Needing both income and to hide from the law, the Stooges agree — and try to sell a membership to Three Stooges regular Vernon Dent, in a very funny scene using a falling-apart suit — and, to add insult to injury, he’s a vegetarian! The Three Stooges are undaunted, however, go on to continue trying to sell memberships to their duck hunting club, only to run into the same pursuing police officer outside of the building. Again on the run, they run for cover into … a police station? Yes, of course — they all have guns already! What could possibly go wrong?
Nothing at first, actually — after bursting into the office of the Chief of Police (played by Three Stooges regular Bud Jamison), and despite a small gun mishap with the mayor, the Three Stooges succeed in selling them both duck club memberships — and virtually the entire police force as well! Soon, the Three Stooges return to the office of Blackie and Doyle, and give them the membership money — and in exchange, Blackie and Doyle give them a personal IOU for their commission! The two crooks leave with the money, and the Three Stooges are invited to attend the opening day at the cabin that the duck club will meet in
At first, all goes well at the cabin, with Moe, Larry, and Curly singing alongside the Mayor and the Police Chief — until they’re all told that there are no ducks in the area, and there haven’t been for years!
The Three Stooges are in deep trouble, and they try to stall for time while they sneak out of the cabin and … think of something! They decide to send Curly off to go out and find some real ducks, while Larry (and later Moe) use the duck decoys to try and fool the police, launching them one at a time into the air with an improvised catapult. This works for a brief while, until they run out of decoys …
and Curly comes to the rescue as the pied piper of ducks! This leads to some funny slapstick at the Three Stooges match wits with the ducks … only for the ducks to win effortlessly. There’s a “duck spitting water at Curly” scene reminiscent of the clam chowder scene in Dutiful but Dumb, as well as the ducks hiding on Moe’s back, Curly’s head, etc.
Although initially it seems that all is well, it turns out that these ducks are domestic, and the farmer wants five dollars per duck! The police aren’t happy with that, either, and the short ends with the Three Stooges on the run from the law … again.
A-Ducking They Did Go is available on The Three Stooges Collection volume 2.
Funny movie quotes from A-Ducking They Did Go starring the Three Stooges – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
Blackie: Ah, gentlemen, gentlemen! With this proposition you canât go wrong! Remember this, boys, every red-blooded man is a potential hunter at heart. Why, thereâs one in every office!
Doyle: Thatâs right, boys, all you have to do is appeal to the primative in âem, and you canât go wrong.
Curly: Ducks, ducksâ¦ oh, wanna buy some ducks? Is your blood red? Are you a potent hunter? All you need is a prime appeal. How about a duck? Thereâs one in every office!
Curly: Every red-blooded he-man is a potential hunter! Thereâs one in every office!
Vegetarian in hallway (Vernon Dent): I donât eat ducks, Iâm a vegetarian!
Moe: Well eat the vegetable see and leave the duck! Come on!
Larry: (after Curly has shot a hole in the bottom of the boat) Wait a minute! Iâll fix it! (shoots another hole in the bottom of the boat)
Moe: What did you do that for?
Larry: I made another hole for the water to go out!