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The Three Stooges: Stooges At Work

The Three Stooges: Stooges At Work, starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard - Stooges At Work - Booby Dupes - Crash Goes the Hash - Dutiful But Dumb - How High is Up - Three Missing Links

The Three Stooges: Stooges At Work gives five Three Stooges classics, all dealing with the Three Stooges and Curly in particular: Booby Dupes (1945), Crash Goes the Hash (1944), Dutiful But Dumb (1941), How High Is Up (1940) and Three Missing Links (1938).

I rate it 5 clowns – highly recommended.

Three Stooges: Stooges At Work DVD features

The DVD contains these shorts, beautifully restored:

“Booby Dupes” (1945)

The Three Stooges are selling fish, and in an effort to do better they decide to cut out the middleman and buy a boat in order to catch their own fish. The boat is a floating junk heap, that is soon sinking, with Curly’s help. Things are not helped when the Stooges find a white flag with a big red dot in the middle, which they start waving in order to attract help — but ends with the U.S. military bombing them, seeing them waving a Japanese flag (this short took place during World War II).

“Crash Goes the Hash” (1944)

The Three Stooges are mistaken for reporters, and offered $100.00 for photographs of Prince Shaam of Ubeedarn, so Moe, Larry and Curly pose as servants and infiltrate the home of the widowed socialte that the prince is going to marry. The typical kitchen mayhem ensues (re-using several ideas from earlier Stooge shorts, such as having a bird flying into a cooked turkey so that it moves around). Thankfully, the boys uncover the Prince as an imposter, rescuing the socialte from being robbed.

“Dutiful But Dumb” (1941)

The Three Stooges are photographers for Whack magazine (“If it’s a good picture it’s out of Whack”), who mess up the assignment of taking photos of a movie star and his new bride. As “reward,” they are sent to the country of Vulgaria to get a photograph of the Vulgarians’ death ray – the Stooges are caught, and sentenced to the firing squad. For Curly’s last request? A giant cigar, in order to out-last the firing squad.

“How High Is Up?” (1940)

The Three Stooges are working as fix-it men who don’t have any work, so after irritating workers at a construction site, they end up as riveters on the 97th floor of a new skyscraper. Red-hot rivets and the Stooges are a bad combination, including gems such as Curly eating a rivet thinking it’s a hot dog, and having to parachute from the building to escape their angry boss, played by Vernon Dent.

“Three Missing Links” (1938)

The Three Stooges are working as inept janitors at a movie studio. After destroying the studio office, they get jobs in a jungle movie. Moe and Larry play natives, while Curly gets to wear a gorilla suit. The movie, however, is being shot on location in Africa, resulting in Curly meeting with a witch doctor to get “love candy” to win the heart of the leading lady. Unfortunately, a female gorilla shows up, and things go further awry.

Funny Movie Quotes from The Three Stooges – Stooges At Work:

Funny movie quotes from The Three Stooges in Booby Dupes (1945)

Moe: We’ll have to bail out! (the stooges boat has a hole in it)
Larry: I ain’t got a parachute!

Larry: [after selling the Stooges’ car, in order to purchase a boat] I’d like to see him start our car. [the stooges start laughing]
Boat Man: I’d like to see you start that boat.

Funny movie quotes from Dutiful But Dumb (1941)

Curly: Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for three photographers… they ain’t in here!

Funny movie quotes from How High is Up? (1940)

Moe: [sarcastically] Three of the best riveters who ever riveted. Why didn’t you tell them you were a groundhog?
Curly: Listen, you laugh when you say that!
Moe: HA, HA, HA. [slaps Curly]

Funny movie quotes from Three Missing Links (1938)

[Larry thinks that a real gorilla behind him is Curly in a costume]
Larry: Cut it out, ya puddinhead!
Curly: I’m not me!

Trivia about The Three Stooges – Stooges At Work:

  • Crash Goes the Hash (1944)
    • “Three Stooges” regular Bud Jamison‘s final short – he died shortly afterwards.
    • During the filming of this short, Curly Howard suffered one of his first “small strokes”. This is evident in the opening outdoor sequence in which Curly’s face looks worn and his voice sounds scratchy. However, the reason why Curly appears more lively in the follow up sequences is because the opening outdoor sequence was filmed last. All of the other sequences were filmed on sets, prior to his early stroke.
  • Dutiful But Dumb (1941)
    • The scene with Curly getting in a fight with his bowl of clam chowder had to be stopped and restarted several times during filming (watch the tassels on Curly’s cap swing and stop) because film crew members were laughing so hysterically at Curly he was also breaking up laughing.

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