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MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER

Moe, Larry, and Joe discover that Joe's fiancee's ring has been stolen. The Stooges suspect it is Elmo, a muscular bully who works at their plant. The Stooges come face to face with him in the company gym, but when they try to make him give the ring back by physical force, the plan backfires and Moe and Larry are knocked senseless. But Joe's girl is tougher!



An unfilmed/deleted scene was discovered in Jules White's final shooting script, and was transcribed in The Three Stooges Journal # 117 (Spring 2006).

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Joe
Release Date
February 28, 1957
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
16.83 min.
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Production Notes   (3)
Working Title(s):   Builder Uppers
Prod. No.:   4250
Shooting Days:   3 days   From: 1956-06-27   To: 1956-06-29

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 1.50)
Face Slaps: 6 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (6)
  • "Seabisquit Food Corporation: Seabisquit Gives You An Appetite Like A Horse!"
    ()

  • "This is a job for a man." "Where are we gonna find one?"
    (Moe & Larry)

  • "Oh a truck hit me!" "You're all sprung!"
    (Larry and Joe)

  • "Matzohs." "Oh, just in time for Thanksgiving."
    (Larry & Moe)

  • "Now we can hock our ring and go on a nice honeymoon, dollface!"
    (Joe)

  • "An involved case of musical cardiac, rock 'n roll type. Lotsa fat around the heart, and plenty of it around the head."
    (Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Cut-Off Line
    Joe says â€Å"They're wonderful snoopers, they're--”, then his line abruptly gets cut off as the camera goes to the next scene.

  • Cut-Off Scene
    When Larry is covered with springs, he extends his arms and looks like he's supposed to mistakenly hit Moe and Joe in the face but the scene fades out right before it happens.

  • Missing Line
    After Joe cries â€Å"It's followin' me!”, Moe walks up to him, then the camera cuts to the next shot and we hear Joe at the end of saying something, but they didn't show the beginning of it.

  • Overdubbed Groans
    After Joe spills the eggs, we hear him groaning in anger two different ways at the same time. One of the groans was dubbed in.


Stooge Routines   (4)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • This is the first short where Moe and Larry abandon their typical Stooge haircuts.
    Source: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER (1957)
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-04-27 01:20:22
    Status: Confirmed


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Fan Reviews   (14)
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2010-06-12 21:02:35 by benjilbum
This one is OK. For a Besser short anyway, I liked what Moe did to Joe with the torch. For their ages Moe and Larry get banged around rather seriously in the gym scene. One of the few good things about the Joe shorts, is that you still get to see Moe and Larry. Also, is it just me or does this one seem to go on forever?
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2010-06-01 09:40:27 by Stoogephilia
Me always enjoying the scene when Maxine Gates jumping bed and crushing Larry, then Larry say "A Earthquake" and the warehouse scene.In this short for some odd reason I'm saw both Moe & Joe imitating Curly. Moe imitated a brief Curly childish style when they came to their girl home and dog barking to Joe in warehouse scene.While, Joe imitated a frustate style in warehouse scene and then rolling in the floor.
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2010-05-17 19:10:23 by Shemp_Diesel

The script for this short seems decent enough & I often wonder how this material would've turned out if Curly or Shemp had been the 3rd stooge. I imagine under those circumstances this would've been a good film in the stooges canon. Unfortunately though, Besser is our 3rd stooge & the short just falls flat on its face. It's a marginal step up from Hoofs and Goofs, but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement for this film.

1 1/2 pokes


Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2007-12-22 22:09:59 by FourthThird

Not very good at the beginning & end, but if I forget about the legacies of Curly & Shemp for a while (something that unfortunately would have been easy for a lot of people in 1957), the team of Howard, Fine & Besser seems to work pretty well here, especially in the middle. Joe seems to be searching for his Stooge persona here, especially during the "physical exam" part. It's like he's trying a little harder than usual; his performance here strikes me as somewhat more varied than later ones tended to be. It never hurts to put a funny hat on Joe's head, either.

"Let go of me! Let go of me! ... Ooh, she let go!"

Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2001-04-17 14:26:00 by shemps#1
Edited 2006-03-23 16:22:38 by shemps#1
Sorry Mr. Field, but a step up from Hoofs and Goofs isn't saying much. While this one was original, Joe was still ever so annoying. Is it just me, or would Besser have made a better supporting character than a Stooge? At least in this one Joe didn't have a great looking girlfriend, like in Fifi Blows Her Top. The Angel on my right shoulder is saying "Now James, be nice and don't drop the Bomb", while the devil on my left is saying "What are you waiting for knucklehead, BOOM!" Since I almost always swing to the left....

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Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2001-06-02 01:11:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-09-12 00:45:00 by Stooge
A little better than HOOFS AND GOOFS since this at least has a few funny moments throughout, but still pretty bad. The main highlight is when Moe blowtorches Besser in the behind. I can't believe Besser did that scene when he also had a problem with something simple as taking a fake slap. I'll also admit that Besser got a rare laugh out of me when he said "Yeah, well, I'll be seein' ya..." and starts to walk away when Tiny tells him to pick up the dumbbell.[br][br]This was also the first Stooge short where Moe and Larry have their non-Stooge haircuts. I hate it when they do that because it's distracting and too out-of-character for the boys. It makes no sense why they wouldn't have their Stooge haircuts that they had in all the shorts before this. I guess Moe and Larry just didn't care anymore by this time.

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2003-06-26 02:01:00 by justplainbill
I agree, Besser was no Shemp or Curly. Most Besser Shorts are notable with me for the Larry and Moe footage. You gotta admit, Larry starting a cartwheel off camera then completing it in front of the camera to simulate being helicoptered by Elmo makes this short worth the pain of watching.

Reviewer's Rating: (1)
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2002-01-30 15:51:00 by BeatleMoe
This film is a step up from "Hoofs and Goofs" in my opinion. Probably because Felix Adler penned it. I found his penned films better than Jack Whites.Memorable Scene: Moe and Larry in the warehouse.Rating: 2 1/2 pokesZach Laas
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2002-01-29 03:45:00 by [Deleted Member]
Shemps#1 said, "Is it just me, or would Besser have made a better supporting character than a Stooge?"Man, did you ever nail the Besser problem--"ya crraazy!" Why couldn't Emil have been the third Stooge in the last years at Columbia? He was a lot more talented and a lot more dedicated to Stoogery than Joe B., that's for sure! Think of how much better those shorts would have been... Oh, well, the world is full of "what-ifs," and there's one of mine.
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2002-01-29 03:25:00 by Giff me dat fill-em!
To me, the most distracting thing in this episode is NOT Joe's performance, (which was kinda-sorta OK by me) but Moe's hair! He has it combed back, instead of his usual "chili bowl" hairstyle."I am a stow-away, and YOU are a stow-away."
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2002-01-01 17:26:00 by BJR
1.5 pokesOf the few Joe shorts shown on AMC, I'd say this is the second "best," though it's NOT good. The one short that is better than this with Joe is OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, a remarkably hilarious short for being one of the Besser era, and arguably a few steps up from the Curly version! But that's beside the point; this short had a few very good moments, but outside a few incidents that only last about three seconds, it's just not good. As usual, the real laughs here come from Moe and Larry, rather than anything from or invoked by Besser.The few great moments here include:- Moe slapping Larry around and whispering disgustedly, "Nice time for a nap. COME ON!" in the locker room- Moe and Larry's "physical examination" of Joe- Moe blowtorching Joe (I bet Moe wished he could have really done it!)- Tiny jumping on the bed with Larry underneath, and it breaks, crushing LarryLike I said, outside these few incidents, it's hard to even crack a smile. The whole routine in the gym was completely worthless, the ending was worthless, and a lot of the middle was no good because it just showed Joe trying to tie the boxes and clean up the eggs for minutes on end.I'd say you should give this one watch when it comes on AMC, but you're bound to find it pretty lame. Too bad more Joe shorts weren't like OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL...Edited by - BJR on 1/1/2002 5:28:16 PM
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2001-03-03 22:06:00 by [Deleted Member]
Mildly amusing. As for the different hairstyles for Moe and Larry, I read somewhere that this was Besser's idea. It said that he thought they should look more like gentleman. Don't know if that's true or not. In any case, Moe and Larry couldn't use those new hairstyles in the shorts that used stock footage of them. That's always an indicator of when stock footage was used in Besser films and when it wasn't.
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2001-01-02 02:34:00 by Mike Holme
The good thing about the Besser episodes were that most of them weren't remakes! In this one, Joe is a big wimp. He doesn't get hit often, even though he bites and hits Moe! Larry got punished way more often, and Moe didn't hit back once from Larry! At least this film has some enjoyability.
Re: MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER
Posted 2000-12-21 12:42:00 by Uncle Mortimer
This short stinks on ice! I only 'half-liked' a couple of Besser shorts. This is not one of them. Please Uncle Mortimer, send Shemp back!!!

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