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Moe, a boxing manager, discovers that when Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasel" on his violin, Curly goes berserk and punches any available target. Moe offers to manage Curly as the ring's newest boxing sensation and hires Larry to play his violin ringside. At the championship fight, Larry's violin is broken and he frantically searches the streets for an alternate source of music.

Opening title music is "I Thought I Wanted You," by Archie Gottler and Edward Eliscu; see The Three Stooges Journal # 87 (Fall 1998).

PUNCH DRUNKS is the only Stooges film to credit the Stooges for the story; Moe actually wrote the treatment, and added Curly's and Larry's names to it.

In the original treatment, Curly turns boxer and wins every fight when 'Fuzzy' (Larry) plays "Stars and Stripes Forever." According to director Lou Breslow, the song was changed to "Pop Goes the Weasel" because it was the funniest song available that was royalty-free!

This film was adapted in The Three Stooges # 6 comic book, St. John Publications 1954.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
July 13, 1934
Production Type
Short Subject
17.5 min.
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Production Notes   (3)
Working Title(s):   (A) SYMPHONY OF PUNCHES
Prod. No.:   116
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1934-05-02   To: 1934-05-05

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 7.75)
Face Slaps: 30 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (6)
  • "Burnt toast and a rotten egg? Whatta ya want that for?" "I got a tapeworm and that's good enough for him!"
    (Curly and Moe)

  • "I lost my ba-lance" "Oh, ya lost your ba-lance, eh?" "Yeah" "Well go find it!"
    (Larry and Moe)

  • "And now kiddies, Uncle Dan will tell you what happened when Fuzzy Bear met Jerry Porcupine at the old hollow tree stump in the woods right next to Peter Rabbit's gingerbread house..."
    (Radio Announcer)

  • "Every time I hear that Weasel tune, something POPS inside of me!"

  • "I'm in a terrible dilemma." "Yeah, I don't care much for these foreign cars either."
    (Dorothy Granger and Moe)

  • "This is gettin' on my noives!"

Stooge Goofs   (15)
  • Continuity
    As Curly knocks Casey Columbo up onto the fan, the restaurant door behind him is closed. As the shot moves to Columbo on the fan, the door is open. When the camera returns to Curly again, the door is closed. During this very short sequence, no one appears at the door, either in or out, to account for it.

  • Crowd Behavior
    During the scenes as Curly's being hit, then punching Moe and the boxers, all the other background customers, and their tables and chairs, appear and disappear as the camera shots change.

  • Curly Slips
    When Moe and Curly run up to Larry in the lake, Curly accidentally slips and falls back in the water.

  • Dubbed-In Line
    When the wheel of the car crunches Moe's foot, he yells â€Å"My foot!” but his mouth doesn't move.

  • Faulty Clock
    Although not visible at first above the wall cabinet containing the cash register, the restaurant clock is stuck at 12 o'clock throughout all the intial restaurant scenes.

  • Flipping the Bird
    When the referee is introducing Curly â€Å"K.O. Stradivarius” before the fight, in the projected background of the audience behind him, you can see one audience member stick his middle finger up at the camera twice. Apparently, the editors weren't watching so carefully…

  • Lack of Interest
    During the scenes where Curly's being abused by Moe and the boxers, and when Curly knocks out the boxers, the place is in an uproar, with other customers running away to avoid being caught up in the mayhem. But Casey Columbo, the restaurant manager who, just a minute earlier, was upset about Curly being late for work, calmly does his paper work while all the mayhem is in progress, and only comes over to Curly after it's all over.

  • Larry's Radiohead
    When Larry has a radio on his head and crashes into the wall, the radio is placed on his head differently than it was in the previous shot.

  • Larry's Floating Violin
    When Moe and Curly are helping Larry out of the water, Larry's violin is floating away from him in the water, but in the next shot, the violin is in his hand.

  • Mad Hatter
    In the initial restaurant scenes, a hat rack is located near the door, with a dark-color hat on a top peg, and a light-color hat on a lower peg. As the next few camera shots occur, the light-color hat moves from one peg to another on its own. As Curly hears the 'weasel' tune for the first time, the hat rack no longer has any hats on it, and it's been moved away from the door where it first seen. In the next couple of camera cuts, as the people scatter during the fight, the hats are back on different pegs before a customer grabs the light-color hat as he runs away.

  • Magically Appearing Fork
    In the beginning of the short as the camera zooms in towards Moe while he's talking, his hands are empty, then it cuts to another camera angle and he suddenly has a fork in one of his hands.

  • On-the-Set Injury
    The man who falls off the back of the truck when Larry drives it away ended up breaking his leg from the fall in real life.

  • Out-of-Sync Punching Sound
    When Moe and his gang of boxers are beating up Curly, the first punch sound effect is played too early.

  • Uh-oh, the mike is on....
    Listen closely while Larry high-tails it down the street searching for a means to supply Curly with "Pop Goes the Weasel" music. You will hear a conversation in the background. If you miss it the first time, don't worry...they show that scene a total of 3 times in this short!

  • Where'd They Come From?
    At the end, we see several unconscious people scattered across the ring next to Killer Kilduff, but they didn't show how those people got there.

Stooge Routines   (7)
  • Burnt toast and a rotten egg
    The exchange usually goes like this:

    STOOGE A: Give me a piece of burnt toast and a rotten egg.
    STOOGE B: Burnt toast and a rotten egg?!
    STOOGE A: Yeah! I got a tapeworm and that's good enough for 'im!

  • Goes Berserk After Hears/Sees/Smells Something
    Curly or Curly-Joe goes bonkers every time he hears the song Pop Goes the Weasel and starts punching out everything within reach, and only stopping the music will settle him down ... OR ... Curly goes insane whenever he sees a mouse, and only a mouthful of cheese will settle him down ... OR ... Curly goes nuts whenever he smells "Wild Hyacinth" perfume and only tickling his feet will settle him down ... OR ... Curly goes crazy every time he sees a tassel, and only rubbing it on his chin will calm him down.

  • Leg/Hand shaking
    During a wresting or boxing match, the third Stooge's leg or hand begins shaking. Moe asks "Are you nervous?", and the third Stooge usually repsonds something like "No, only in that leg".

  • Swelled-up hand
    A Stooge or villain hurts his hand and is in so much pain afterwards that the hand swells up to the size of a balloon!
    Also used in:  LOOSE LOOT  ·   KNUTZY KNIGHTS

  • Untied shoe gag
    When Curly is boxing with an opponent, Curly tells the opponent that his shoe is untied. When the opponent looks down at his shoe, Curly gives him a punch in the jaw. The backfires for Curly because the opponent shows no signs of pain from the punch, then he punches Curly back even harder.
    Also used in:  GRIPS, GRUNTS, AND GROANS

  • Wheel falling on Moe's foot
    When trying to lift a car up, one of the wheels drops on Moe's foot and crunches it.
    Also used in:  PARDON MY CLUTCH  ·   WHAM-BAM-SLAM!

  • Which one?
    When Moe asks another Stooge for a hand, the Stooge asks "Which one?"

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • Curly was fighting against a real pro boxer in this short and received a bloody nose and a cut lip!
    Source: MR77190
    Added by Dunrobin on 2009-03-22 11:24:28
    Status: Partially False
    Team Stooge Comments: 'Killer Kilduff' was played by actor Al Hill, not a professional boxer. But yes, Curly reportedly did receive a bloody nose and cut lip.

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Transcription by xraffle:  

[The short opens up with Moe and three mugs sitting in a table at a restaurant]

MUG #1: [to Moe] And you call yourself a fight manager. Where's our cut from last night's show?

MUG #2: [to Moe] Yeah, the only cut I got so far is this one over my eye. [points to the band-aid on his forehead]

MOE: So help me, boys. After taking out expenses, there ain't enough left to feed a mouse.

MUG #1: Now, get this Moe. We're quittin' you see.

MOE: Now, wait a minute, gentlemen! You mugs can't do that to me. I'll be left without any fighters.

[Curly enters the restaurant. He removes his hat and gloves. He puts his gloves in his hat. He dumps his hat and cane out the window. Mr. McGurn, the manager, approaches Curly]

McGURN: Hello, Beau Brummel.

CURLY: How are you, Mr. McGurn?

[Curly takes off his jacket and dumps it out the window. Curly untucks his uniform and gets ready to get to work. Mr. McGurn stops Curly]

McGURN: Wait a minute. Where have you been?

CURLY: Out to lunch.

[Mr. McGurn slaps Curly twice]

McGURN: Get over there and wait on those customers.

CURLY: Yes, sir. Mr.----

[Mr. McGurn kicks Curly in the rear. Curly walks up to Moe and the three mugs]

CURLY: What'll you have, gentlemen?

[The three mugs start talking at the same time]

MUG #1: Give me the biggest steak on the house.
MUG #3: Ham and eggs
[Talking simultaneously]

MOE: Hold on! Hold on! [The mugs stop talking] I ain't had my dessert yet. [to Curly] Four slices of burnt toast and a rotten egg.

CURLY: Burnt toast and a rotten egg?

MOE: Yeah!

CURLY: What you want that for?

MOE: I got a tape worm and it's good enough for him.

CURLY: I know how you feel. [lightly taps Moe on the back]

CURLY: [to the mugs] What'll you gentlemen have?

[The three mugs start talking at the same time]

MUG #1: I want the biggest steak on the house

MOE: Wait a minute!!!

[The mugs stop talking]

MOE: [to Curly] Three hamburgers for the mugs.

CURLY: Three hamburgers. [writes it down on his pad and leaves the table]

[Larry enters the restaurant carrying a violin case. He approaches Mr. McGurn]

LARRY: Pardon me, stranger. I'm a musician.

McGURN: So what?

LARRY: Well I thought if you had some music around the place, you might increase business.

McGURN: How much dough do you generally get?

LARRY: Well I get $250, but for you I'll take 200.

McGURN: I'll give you a bowl of soup.

LARRY: I'll take it.

McGURN: If you're good.

LARRY: [says quietly to himself] I hope the soup's good.

[Larry walks to the other end of the restaurant]

LARRY: [as he opens his violin case, he says to Mr. McGurn] You'll never regret this, mister.

[Mr. McGurn just nods his head]

[Larry starts playing the violin. As he plays, a bird ends up standing on the end of the bow chirping.]

LARRY: [sticks the bow out the window] Scram!

[Curly walks up to Moe and the three mugs]

CURLY: I'm sorry, gentlemen. You can't have any hamburger. The meat's too fresh.

MOE: [stands up] The meat ain't the only thing that's fresh around here, is it? [slaps Curly in the head]

[The mugs starts attacking Curly]

CURLY: Oh. Aw, give us a break, will ya fellas? I'm a citizen, ain't I? Wait, stop it. Fellas, I didn't mean---

MOE: [eyepokes Curly] Don't try that stuff around here. Now, you're gonna bring the boys the food?!

[Larry starts playing "Pop Goes The Weasel" on the violin. Curly starts panting, he wipes his face with his hands rapidly and starts woo-wooing. He then starts punching the mugs and he knocks them out]

MOE: You can't do that!

[Curly punches Moe in the face. Larry stops playing. Moe gets up, holding his face in pain]

MOE: [sees the mugs on the floor knocked out] Say! You're a born champ!

CURLY: Did I do that?

MOE: Sure, what's eatin' ya? Don't ya remember?

CURLY: No. Every time I hear that weasel tunes, something pops inside of me, then everything goes black.

[Mr. McGurn grabs Curly by the ear]

McGURN: Hey! What's the idea? You're trying to ruin my business? [slaps Curly]

CURLY: I'm sorry!

McGURN: Look at my customers! [slaps Curly]

CURLY: I'm a victim of circumstance.

McGURN: What do you think this is? A joint? [slaps Curly]

CURLY: It's that pop the weasel.

MOE: [to Larry] Hey Fiddler! Give us that weasel tune again!

[Larry plays "Pop Goes The Weasel" on the violin. Curly starts panting, he wipes his face with his hands rapidly and starts woo-wooing. He gives Mr. McGurn a good punch in the face and he flies up in the air. Larry stops playing]

CURLY: What happened?

MOE: Look! [points up]

[We see Mr. McGurn lying on top of the ceiling fan unconscious.]

CURLY: How'd he get up there?

MOE: It worked! Shake hands with your new manager. [shakes hands with Curly and kisses him on the forehead] Boy, we're gonna make a lot of money. Come on.

[Moe and Curly start walking towards the door. Moe grabs Larry by the hair]

MOE: I need you too. From now on we're a corporation.

LARRY: Where are we going?

MOE: We got a lot of training to do. [drags Larry out of the restaurant by the hair]

[Curly flips the switch on the wall and the ceiling fan turns on. Mr. McGurn is now spinning around as he lies on the fan. The scene ends.]

[A new scene begins outside. Curly is rowing a wagon. He is dragging Moe and Larry. Larry is standing on top of his wagon as he plays the violin.]

MOE: [as Curly is rowing] Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!

[Larry loses his balance while standing on his wagon, so he falls on Moe]

MOE: What's going on around here? [slaps Larry] What's the idea?

LARRY: I lost my ba-lance.

MOE: Oh, you lost your ba-lance, eh?

LARRY: Yeah.

MOE: Well go find it. [pushes Larry's face and he lands on the water]

[Moe approaches Curly]

MOE: Take it easy. I know you had a tough day, kid.

[Moe takes a drink of water]

MOE: How do you feel now? [touches Curly's stomach] Oh, you're in great shape, K.O.

[A lady calls out to Moe and Curly. She is sitting in a car and one of the rear tires is stuck in a ditch]

LADY: Yoo-hoo, gentlemen!

[Moe and Larry see the lady and they notice how attractive she is]

LADY: I'm having a little trouble. I wonder if you can help me.

[Curly stands up but Moe bonks him on the head]

MOE: Sit down, lug. Didn't you hear the lady? She said "gentlemen." Besides I always told you, boxing and women don't mix. [slaps Curly]

[Moe approaches the lady]

MOE: Now, what can I do for you, toots?

LADY: I'm in a terrible dilemma.

MOE: Yeah, I don't care much for these foreign cars either.

LADY: You don't understand. I'm stuck.

MOE: On me? That's funny. That's what they all tell me.

LADY: I mean in the ditch. [points to the rear tire on her car to show that it's stuck]

MOE: The ditch. [looks at the tire that's stuck] Haha. Yeah. [yells out to Curly] Hey, K.O. Don't sit there like a dummy. Come over here!

[Curly walks up to Moe]

MOE: Give me a hand.

CURLY: [extends both hands] Which one?

MOE: [slaps Curly] Get on the bumper. Wait a minute. We need more help. Where's Larry?

CURLY: [looks off-camera and points] Look!

[Larry is stuck in the water. Moe and Curly run up to him. Moe helps him up]

MOE: Get right here. Come here. Alright kid. Take it easy. Take it easy kid. What's wrong with you?

[Larry gets up]

LARRY: Wait a minute. Wait, look at this. Look at this here.

MOE: What's the matter?

[Larry grabs a live fish from his jacket pocket and shows it to Moe]

LARRY: Oh. Look at that!

MOE: Yeah, it's a fine time to go fishing. [slaps Larry]

[Moe slaps Curly and starts dragging him and Larry to the lady's car]

LARRY: Wait a minute. You don't know how it happened. I was standing--- You--- It's your fault sometimes.

MOE: We got work to do. Come on. [to Curly] Curly get on that mudguard there. [to Larry] Hey you! Help me here.

MOE: Wait a minute. I got a better idea than this. In music, there's strength.


MOE: Give K.O. a couple of bars of weasel.

[Larry picks up his violin and starts playing "Pop Goes The Weasel." Curly does his woo-woo and wipes his face rapidly. He lifts up the back of the car. Larry stops playing. Curly loses his strength and the car falls on Moe's foot.]

MOE: Ow, my foot! Hey Curly, get it off.

CURLY: [tries to lift the car, but can't] I can't budge it.

MOE: Well, do something.

[Curly walks up to Moe and stares at his foot that's stuck]

MOE: [hits Curly on the head] What are you standing around for? Do something!

[Larry is about to play the violin again, but Curly calls him]

CURLY: Hey Larry!

LARRY: [to the lady] Pardon me. I'll be with you in a minute, my sweet! [walks up to Moe] Come on, we'll take care of this guy.

[Larry starts yanking Moe's foot out]

LARRY: Heave.

MOE: Oh!

[Larry yanks again]

MOE: Oh!

[Larry yanks again]

LARRY: Heave!

MOE: Oh!

LARRY: Wait a minute.

[Moe gets his foot free. Larry takes his violin and starts playing "Pop Goes The Weasel." Curly does his woo-woo and wipes his face rapidly with his hands. He lifts the car out of the ditch. The lady starts the car and Curly climbs in. The lady and Curly drive away in the car. The scene ends.]

[A new scene begins inside a fighting ring where we see a fighter get knocked out. A newspaper appears on the screen with the headline that reads: "Stradivarius Stops Gitlitz!"]

[Dissolve to Larry who is playing "Pop Goes The Weasel" on the violin. Cut to Curly who is in the fighting ring. He hears the song and starts his woo-woo. The audience starts cheering. A newspaper appears on the screen with the headline that reads: "Stradivarius Wins Again By K.O." We see a fighter get knocked out in the fighting ring]

[Dissolve to Larry who is playing "Pop Goes The Weasel" on the violin. Cut to Curly who is in the fighting ring. He hears the song and starts his woo-woo. A newspaper appears on the screen with the headline that reads: "Stradivarius To Meet Champion!"]

[Dissolve to a sign that reads: "Boxing- K.O. Stradivarius vs. Killer Kilduff. Worlds Championship Tonight"]

[Dissolve to the outside of the Olympic Auditorium. We see a crowd of people outside]

[Cut to a room where Curly and the Lady, whose car was stuck in the ditch before, are talking]

LADY: I'm so afraid you'll get hurt, honey.

CURLY: Don't worry about me, dear. I'm a man without feelings.

[Moe walks in, sees the two talking and he slaps Curly in the head]

MOE: What'd I tell you about mixing fighting with women? [slaps Curly] Get upstairs.

[Curly stops and waves at the Lady]

MOE: [slaps Curly again] Go on upstairs.

MOE: [to the lady] See you after the fight. Don't worry now. I won't get hurt. See ya, toots. [leaves]

[Larry comes out from behind the door. He starts playing the violin and serenades to the lady. Moe enters with a bucket of water and dumps it all on Larry's head]

MOE: Get upstairs!! [drags Larry out of the room]

[Cut to the fighting ring]

REFEREE: In this corner, the champion, Killer Kilduff.

[Kilduff stands up and the crowd cheers]

REFEREE: In this corner, the challenger, K.O. Stradivarius.

[Curly is sitting on his stool asleep. Moe hits Curly in the head.]

MOE: Take a bow, dummy.

[Curly waves to the crowd. Moe slaps Curly on the head]

[The referee signals to Curly to come over. Kilduff and Curly walk up to the referee. Curly gives the referee an apple. He takes it and takes a bite out of it]

REFEREE: [talking with his mouth full] Now, I want you boys to make a good, clean fight. No holding and hitting and no dirty tactics.

[Larry enters the auditorium with his violin. He takes a seat in the front row. He tunes his violin and plays a few notes]

[Cut to Curly in the ring]

CURLY: [to Moe] Who am I fighting?

MOE: [points to Kilduff] That guy sitting on the chair.

[Curly sees Kilduff, he gets scared and attempts to climb out of the ring. Moe grabs him]

MOE: Come here. [slaps Curly] Sit down!

[Curly sits down. His right leg starts shaking and it makes a clattering sound]

MOE: What's the matter? You nervous, toots?

CURLY: No, only in that leg. [points to his right leg]

[The lady, whom Curly was flirting with earlier, waves at Curly. Curly blows a kiss at her. Moe sees this. Moe hits Curly in the stomach]

CURLY: Ooh! [Moe hits Curly in the head] Ooh!

MOE: What, are you flirting?

[The timekeeper looks at his clock and rings the bell with the hammer. Curly and Kilduff start fighting. Kilduff punches Curly a few times. Larry starts playing "Pop Goes The Weasel on his violin. Curly does his woo-woo, but Kilduff throws a big punch at Curly. Curly flies out of the ring and lands on Larry. When Curly gets up, Larry sees that his violin is broken. Moe sees this and he looks upset. Curly gets back in the ring and starts getting beat up by Kilduff. Larry sees this and he quickly runs out of the auditorium]

CURLY: [stops Kilduff from punching him] Wait a minute! Your shoe's untied.

[Kilduff looks down at his shoes and Curly punches him, but the punch wasn't strong enough and Kilduff didn't get hurt]

KILDUFF: Oh, so it is. Thanks pal! [punches Curly]

[Curly falls and the referee starts counting]

REFEREE: One, two, three…

[Curly grabs the referee's arm and pulls himself up. Kilduff punches Curly]

[Cut to the outside where we see Larry running down the block]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. Kilduff punches Curly]


[Curly walks away and gets ready to get out of the ring. Moe walks up to him]

MOE: Where you going?

CURLY: This is getting on my nerves!

MOE: Get back in there or I'll tear your tonsils out. [slaps Curly in the head]

[Cut to the outside where we see Larry still running]

[Cut back to the fighting ring]

KILDUFF: [to Curly] Put up your hands!

[Curly raises his hands and Kilduff punches him in the stomach]


[Kilduff punches Curly in the face]


[Cut to the outside where we see Larry running. He runs past a radio store and there is a radio in front of the store playing "Pop Goes The Weasel.' Larry hears this and he stops running. He grabs the radio and runs back to the auditorium. As he runs and crosses the street, he almost gets hit by a car]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. Kilduff punches Curly a couple of times and he falls to the floor. The referee starts counting]

REFEREE: One, two, three

[Curly gets up.]

[Cut to Larry who is still running back to the auditorium with the radio in his hand. As he is running, he accidentally knocks a person down.]

[Cut back to the ring. Kilduff grabs Curly and starts punching him]

CURLY: Hey Moe! Where's Larry?

REFEREE: Come on, break!

[Moe sees the timekeeper asleep. He walks up to a boy who is eating hard candy]

MOE: [to the boy] How's for a piece of candy, red?

BOY: Sure!

[Moe takes a piece of hard candy and throws it at the bell. The bell rings and the timekeeper wakes up]

[Curly walks back to the end of the ring. The boy throws a candy at the bell and it rings. The timekeeper gets startled]

[Moe slaps Curly. Curly walks back to the center of the ring]

[The timekeeper looks at the boy and the boy quickly looks away. The timekeeper has a smile on his face because he knows that the boy threw the candy]

[Kilduff punches Curly a few times.]

[Cut to Larry who is still running back to the auditorium. As he runs across the street, he almost gets hit by a car again.]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. Curly starts losing control of himself and he accidentally hits his hand on the post at the end of the ring. He hurts his hand. He walks back to the center of the ring.]

[The boy turns his head to look at the timekeeper. The timekeeper quickly turns his head and spots the boy. The boy turns his head away. The timekeeper smiles.]

[Kilduff punches Curly a few times. Kilduff grabs Curly and punches Curly in the rear a few times. On Curly's pants are some musical notes. Kilduff hits Curly in the rear where the notes are located. As he punches Curly in the rear, we hear a cling sound.]


[Kilduff punches Curly and he falls down. Curly gets up and Kilduff blows on him. Curly falls down again]

[The boy gets ready to throw a candy at the bell. The timekeeper sees this. As soon as the boy throws his candy at the bell, the timekeeper quickly hammers on the bell at the same time the candy hits it.]

[Curly is still lying down in the center of the ring. Moe drags him to the corner.]

MOE: Now get up! What's the matter with you?

[Three men help Moe get Curly up on the stool. The men start rubbing Moe]

MOE: Get outta the way! [points to Curly] He's the guy who needs rubbin'.

[Moe and the three men start rubbing Curly]

[The timekeeper looks at his clock. The boy throws a candy at the bell and it rings. The timekeeper gets startled.]

[Curly and Kilduff begin fighting. Kilduff punches Curly]

[Larry quickly runs into the auditorium with the radio, which is still playing "Pop Goes The Weasel."]

LARRY: Hey! I got it! I got it!

[Larry runs up to Moe and places the radio at the end of the ring. Moe taps Larry in the head]

[Curly hears the Weasel song and starts his woo-woo. Suddenly, the Weasel song stops and a radio announcer starts talking.]

RADIO ANNOUNCER: And now, little kiddies, Uncle Dan will tell you how Fuzzy Bear met Jerry Porcupine under the old hollow tree stump in the woods, right next to Peter Rabbit's gingerbread house.

[Kilduff punches Curly a couple of times. Moe grabs the radio and breaks it on Larry's head. Larry falls backwards and lands at the back of the auditorium. He runs out of the auditorium]

[Kilduff punches Curly a few times. The boy gets ready to throw a candy at the bell. The timekeeper sees this. As soon as the boy throws his candy at the bell, the timekeeper quickly hammers on the bell at the same time the candy hits it. The timekeeper sticks his tongue out at the boy]

[Curly sits on the stool at the corner of the ring. Kilduff gargles on some liquid and spits it out on a funnel connected by a hose. When Moe puts the funnel in front of Curly, Curly just talks into it]

CURLY: [talking into the funnel] Hello ma. Doing the best I can. But I'm afraid it's not good enough. Have you seen Larry, Ma?

[Moe slaps Curly in the head]

MOE: What's the matter with you?

[Curly slaps one of the men next to him]

[Cut to the outside where we see Larry running]

[Cut to the auditorium. The boy throws a candy at the bell. The timekeeper catches the candy and rings the bell with his hammer.]

[Kilduff punches Curly. Curly punches Kilduff. The lady that Curly was flirting with earlier starts getting excited]

LADY: Get in there with that left!

[Kilduff grabs Curly and punches him in the face several times. Curly bites the side of Kilduff's stomach. Kilduff punches Curly a couple of times.]

[Cut to the outside where we see Larry still running]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. The referee tries to break the fight between Curly and Kilduff. Curly grabs the referee and uses him as a shield.]

REFEREE: You can't do that. Let go! No!

[Kilduff throws a punch, the referee ducks, and Curly gets hit. Curly taps the referee hard. Curly tries to climb out of the ring, but he gets tangled up with the ropes]

REFEREE: What's the matter here?

CURLY: Time out! Time out!

MOE: I suppose you want the afternoon off.

[Cut to the outside. Larry hears a truck playing "Pop Goes The Weasel." He runs inside the truck and drives away with it. The man standing on the back of the truck falls off.]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. Kilduff punches Curly a couple of times.]

[Cut to Moe who is eating a sponge as he watches Curly get beat up.]

[Cut to the outside where we see Larry driving the truck recklessly]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. Kilduff punches Curly a couple of times.]

[Cut to the outside where we still see Larry driving the truck recklessly]

[Cut back to the fighting ring. Kilduff throws a big punch at Curly and he falls on the floor. The referee starts counting.]

REFEREE: One, two…

[Larry crashes the truck into the auditorium. Curly hears the Weasel song playing. He gets up]


[Curly does his woo-woo. He punches Kilduff several times]

LADY: Oh, that's it, K.O.! Come on!

[Curly punches Kilduff several more times and he gets knocked out. The crowd cheers.]

LADY: Boy! Whoo!!

[The Weasel song stops playing. Larry gets out of the truck and climbs into the ring to join Moe and Curly]

CURLY: What happened?

MOE: Why, you're the new champ!

LARRY: I knew we'd do it.

[Moe and Larry shakes hands]

MOE: We put it over.

LARRY: Oh, we came through!

[The "Pop Goes The Weasel" song starts playing again. Curly starts panting. He does his woo-woo and he gives Moe and Larry one good punch. They fall to the floor. The crowd cheers. Curly walks towards the camera as he continues to do his woo-woo. The scene fades out]


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Fan Reviews   (20)
Posted 2002-01-29 23:23:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-11-28 16:40:37 by Shemp_Diesel

I've always felt that if this same script had been turned in 3 or 4 years later under the direction of Jules, Del, or even Preston Black this would've been a classic. In a way I think Grips, Grunts, & Groans kind of proves it. As it is, this short is good but has a very slow pace to it. You can see that the boys have a ways to go as far as perfecting their personas & besides that some of the scenes here just seem thrown in to eat up minutes (The prolonged scene w/ Dorothy Granger & her car stuck in the mud). Punch Drunks is certainly viewable but there was better to come.

7 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2010-07-15 11:56:55 by Final Shemp
One of the Stooges earliest Columbia shorts proves to be a bar to which all of their shorts must be judged. Punch Drunks is a blast of relentless energy and brilliantly executed slapstick.
The short quickly establishes the Stooge formula: Moe the leader, Larry and Curly the followers. Once they come together great things will happen. In the case of Punch Drunks, Moe barks orders to comical effect and Larry and Curly best follow them. Larry's desperate search for "Pop Goes the Weasel" at the end of the short is a prime example, as he runs wildly around town looking for a tune he might never find, but does so because it's Moe's order. Curly demonstrates some great slapstick in the boxing ring while getting a beatdown by Killer Killduff. I split my sides laughing when Curly tries to escape the ring screaming "Timeout! TIMEOUT!"
The comedy isn't limited to the Stooges, either. There's a great run-on gag in the final fight in which a child throws candy at the round bell, much to the timekeeper's annoyance. The childlike disintegration of a grown man to in so little time couldn't have been done more beautifully.
Punch Drunks is a true Stooge classic. I still hold it up as one of their very best.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 4 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2010-03-30 13:05:39 by Gritto RhumBoogie
A great Stooge short. Not perfect, but most definitely in the upper fourth of their shorts. Curly having a trigger that makes him go nuts is reused in Horse's Collars, Tassels in the Air, and Grips, Grunts, and Groans. 3.5 stars.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2010-02-10 00:03:13 by [Deleted Member]
This is the ultimate stooge short. You have the three greastest stooges and Curly going insane beating eveyone in his sight as soon as he hears pop goes the weasel
Posted 2009-04-23 22:10:36 by Carrie The Canary
Very, very good.

Their first success. Woman Haters was a misfire, but this was spot on.

I played this short to my three kids. Curly going nuts when hearing "Pop Goes The Weasel" had them in stitches, but when the radio stopped playing the song and Moe brought it down over Larry's head, my kids went into hysterics.

Posted 2008-08-20 21:39:20 by DocWatson
This one I remember not viewing until I was in 6th or 7th grade. I loved this one although sometimes I end up forgetting it when I'm thinking of my favorite shorts. Curly is in top form here, even though I wouldn't call this one of the best, it's certainly memorable.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2007-11-08 00:46:26 by skeit

Great short. All three are at the top of their game. So many of the standard stooge gags were first seen here which makes me think that the Stooges should have gotten writing credits more often than they did. Arthur Houseman almost steals the film, though, as the timekeeper.

The only thing missing about this short is the lack of the standard supporting cast members who, at leas to the die hard fans, were as much a part of these shorts as the Stooges themselves.

I can't hear Pop Goes the Weasel without thinking of this film.

3.5 pokes

Posted 2007-09-02 23:54:00 by Army
This is one of the most funniest three stooges episodes I have ever seen. Curly going mad whenever he hears Pop Goes The Weasel. I showed my little brother and he cracked up.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2007-08-31 13:28:44 by andrei54
Edited 2007-08-31 13:38:00 by andrei54
Looking at all the good reviews, I feel a little odd saying this is not one of my favorites by a long shot. It's rather boring, and the only good bits are of Curley's fight with the champion. The "Pop Goes The Weasel" song gets incredibly tired by the end of the short, but Curley once again keeps the excitement alive with his antics.A good part away from the ring is when Curley punches the restaurant owner up into the fan, and when Larry gets water dumped on him as he tries to play the violin for the woman.2 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2004-01-17 18:54:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2004-01-18 00:17:00 by [Deleted Member]
I love this short another great they made plus the stooges only short they wrote and its a good one. plus my favorite part were larry driveing the truck and he keeps the hitting curve. I don't know if he a bad driver or he's trying to save time for Curly it doesn't matter it's a great and a very funny short
Posted 2001-09-04 02:14:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2003-12-31 10:13:00 by [Deleted Member]
"Punch Drunks" definately deserves more credit than it gets. The writing skills of Howard, Fine and Howard also definately deserves more credit than it got (and stil gets). To me, it makes more sense to have somebody go crazy because of a certain tune than because of a perfume (wild hyacinth- in "Grips, Grunts and Groans") or a tassel (in "Tassels in the Air"). I guess I can understand going crazy because of the sight of a mouse (in "Horses Collars"), but only if you have a fear of them. One thing I've noticed about these "Curly goes nuts" shorts is that they usually give a reason for him going nuts. Here, when Moe asks Curly about it, all Curly says is "Whenever I hear that Weasel tune, something pops inside me." That's a fact, not a reason. But PLEASE, don't let that take away from your enjoyment of this early masterpiece. I'm sure that it was the best they could do without having fully developed their Stooge personalities. Their "best" was excellent in my opinion. I cracked up when Larry snuck out from behind the door and attempted to flirt with the lady by playing "Let's Fall in Love" (A good song choice for the era they lived in- Larry also played the song earlier in the short in the "stroke" scene, just before he lost his ba-LANCE!) That lady looked like Larry had her in the palm of his hand until Moe literally threw cold water on the deal! GREAT short! It's one of my all-time favorites.ISLIPP-2001
Posted 2003-11-05 18:03:00 by AndrewRB
Curly was great here as the boxer. The restaurant mayhem set the stage, Curly's training helped the plot, and the fight completed the package. Fighting over the girl was completely ridiculous, and helped PUNCH DRUNKS a lot. Larry's entrances into the arena were great too. "I lost my ba-lance."

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2003-10-27 01:33:00 by LarryFan
It's hard to believe that only their second Columbia short is considered a classic today. But I guess that just goes to show how extraordinary the boys were. I like that Larry also plays a significant role in this film, too. He's not the star of the short, but watching him run in fast motion looking for anything playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" cracks me up everytime. "I lost my ba-lance!"
Posted 2003-08-03 02:37:00 by [Deleted Member]
A leading candidate for one of the funniest comedy films ever made by [i]anyone,[/i] "Punch Drunks" is a runaway starring role for Curly, but Moe, Larry, and all of the supporting players are so good that everyone involved contributes to making this short a true classic. Beautifully paced, and with a great premise ("Every time I hear that Weasel tune, something [i]pops[/i] inside of me!"), this short established the Stooges' characters for the next decade and a half, until Curly's retirement. A must-see for anyone who loves great physical comedy (the "voibal" stuff ain't so bad, either).

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2000-07-27 18:02:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-30 00:07:00 by Stooge
A very good film, and a big improvement over WOMAN HATERS. This also has a significant importance because it explores each Stooge's personality probably better than any other short. Curly, playing the "wild" character as the person who goes fighting mad when hearing the "Pop Goes the Weasel" tune. Larry, the "middleman" playing the person set to play the "Weasel" tune, and Curly and Moe are not able to go on without his assistance. Moe, playing the usual "bossy" character, as Curly's boxing manager. The Stooges being the scriptwriters of this (and only this one) short probably has something to do with this "character development".

This would have been a much better choice for the first Stooge short, plus they first meet each other at the beginning, so that would've also been a good way to start the Stooges off.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-05-18 17:05:00 by Nicole
When I first saw this, I didn't know what to make of it (at that time, I had only seen five Stooge shorts and didn't quite know what to make of the Stooges). After seeing it a second time I grew to like it. Then, after the third time, I loved it! When I first saw this, Curly going nuts just by hearing some song seemed just silly, but after watching the Stooges for a couple of months, this is much more funnier! Just one thing, the film slowed a tiny bit after the first scene. What I think is the best part of this short: LARRY PLAYING HIS VIOLIN!!!!!
Posted 2001-03-28 18:46:00 by sickdrjoe
I wouldn't be surprised if the boys unofficially wrote more shorts than they were credited for. Like most of the earliest Columbia 2-reelers the boys did, it's less a 'short' and more of a 'little movie'. Compared to the later Curlies, which perfected the 'hit each other with hammers till we run out of film stock' formula that helped the Stooges conquer the world, sometimes these first dozen or so play a bit oddly. But they're equally great...just a little different, that's all. Larry crashing the truck into the arena is one of those stamped-on-the-retina childhood memories for me as well.
Posted 2001-02-19 02:30:00 by Mike Holme
This is an improvement over Woman Haters. This is the second short that the stooges made and the first short that Curly goes crazy when he hears, sees, or smells something! Good Short about boxing.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2000-12-26 22:26:00 by [Deleted Member]
I absolutely love "Punch Drunks"! It's different from the standard short subjects in that the Stooges start out not knowing one another in the beginning of it. Still, I thought it was absolutely wonderful! Something about Larry running back and forth with Pop Goes The Weasel music that cracks me up! The theme of Curly being set off by some offbeat trigger would be the premise of numerous short subjects to come as well as at least one full length movie with Joe DeRita. Great stuff!
Posted 2000-09-16 01:41:00 by Ichabod Slipp
Fascinating as the only Stooges' story credit. These early films had a more languid pace to them then the more frantic later shorts, but this short is still a classic.

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