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Average Rating:     [7.62/10]   36 votes


Janitors, the Stooges are cleaning a doctor's office when a wounded crook and his two henchmen enter. They try to tell him they aren't doctors, but the crooks demand treatment. The wounded man accidentally falls out of the window during the "operation" and the Stooges escape. But they're now on the run from the crook's accomplices and the cops who've mistaken them for the fugitives.


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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
December 30, 1943
Production Type
Short Subject
16.5 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   575
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1943-06-12   To: 1943-06-16

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 5.00)
Face Slaps: 17 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 2 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "I think it's a bad case of Spectus-onthefloorus!" "Then we'll need to use plenty of sulpha thya-soap!"
    (Curly and Moe)

  • "I wouldn't say yes, but I couldn't say no." "Would you say maybe?" "I might!"
    (Curly and Larry)

  • "You sho' is ugly!"
    (Dudley Dickerson)

Stooge Goofs   (7)
  • Disappearing Car
    When the cops return, there's a police car behind them, then the camera shows the Stooges looking out the window, and when the camera goes back to the cops, the car behind them is suddenly gone.

  • Drill Mistake
    After Moe takes the hand-drill and sticks it in Curly's body hidden under sheets (which is really a dummy), Moe cranks the drill too hard and the sheet covering Curly's dummy begins to twist and rip and the dummy itself begins twisting and ripping, too!

  • Jump in Picture
    As Moe and Larry are backing towards each other while Curly is in the middle, a noticeable jump cut occurs in the film, then Moe suddenly appears in a different position.

  • Mysterious Sound / Revealing Mistake
    After water sprays out of Curly's mouth the first time and hits Moe, you can hear this strange loud squeak sound that most likely came from the source of water that was hidden behind Curly's mouth.

  • Plaster in Curly's Hair
    When Curly shakes himself after falling into the plaster, there isn't any plaster in his hair, but when Dudley Dickerson turns around to see Curly behind him, Curly's head is completely covered in plaster.

  • Story Continuity
    There are 3 crooks. The cops take Joe, the wounded crook, into custody after the Stooges drop him out a window. Later, the cops are still looking for 3 crooks.

  • X-ray noise
    After Moe pulls the fish out of Curly, the x-ray machine is off but you can still here the nosie that it was making.

Stooge Routines   (4)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • This is actually the first Stooges short to feature the swing rendition of "3 Blind Mice," during the closing fadeout.
    Source: A GEM OF A JAM (1943)
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-04-10 11:58:28
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (7)
Posted 2010-05-09 14:48:57 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2015-01-24 13:47:22 by Shemp_Diesel

A tale of 2 halves. The first half, with the boys cleaning the office & the operation is quite funny. Then comes the 2nd half when the stooges are running from the cops & that's where this 2 reeler loses a lot of steam. Curly getting covered in that white goop and scaring poor Dudley Dickerson is pretty funny.

5 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2010-05-09 13:03:58 by Bud_Jamison
Dudley Dickerson is a genius, matching him with the boys is a great combination. Pure comedy, not racist against white, black, Jew or Gentile. Just plain FUN!4 pokes!!!!

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2010-05-01 23:01:50 by mankey8284
I LOVED this short! I thought it was a real funny one, the scenes with Dudley Dickerson were really funny. The look on Dudley's face when he gets scared is so priceless =]
Posted 2001-08-17 04:45:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2006-04-14 12:53:38 by Dunrobin
To possibly shed some light on the reason for the Bud Jamison misconception, the second half of this short is fairly reminiscent of the second half of the short, "Dizzy Detectives" in which Jamison plays chief of police just before the "pass key" scene. I can see how this might cause the confusion. This short is pure greatness in my opinion. When Larry was startled by the giant jack-in-the-box face and jumped into Moe's arms, not only was it hilarious, but it reminded me of "Scooby-Doo" because Scooby would jump into Shaggy's arms (a few times, it was vice verca, which was all the funnier!) and the one holding the other would run away in fear, carrying him! You just know that seeing Curly covered in plaster would scare Shaggy and Scooby as well as half the cast members of this short! I found it strangely hilarious when Moe and Larry were taking Curly to the x-ray machine by grabbing his ears while he was laughing! And of course, Dickerson's scenes were classic!
Posted 2002-10-21 14:49:00 by aspall
Edited 2006-04-14 12:52:53 by Dunrobin
There is something that also makes me crinch a little when I see Dickerson play this same sort of character in the Stooges' shorts. It seems racist on the face of it. But then stop to think. What's Dudley doing that is different from the boys? Dudley is scared, makes an exaggerated reaction to the "ghost" and runs away. That's exactly what Larry and Moe do as well. Dudley speaks in an exaggerated Afro- American accent. How many times do the boys speak in an exaggerated Southern, German, or Yiddish accent in their shorts? If we call the Dudley's scenes racist, we would have to also say all the boys' scenes are racist vs. North-European Caucasians. Let's remember, it's supposed to be funny; it's supposed to be "stupid." It's not supposed to be real. That's why we watch and laugh.
Posted 2001-10-05 15:23:00 by jaronson
An okay short, but is weird in some spots, like the fact that the second half of this had the same idea as the second half of DIZZY DETECTIVES. The scenes with Curly and Dudley Dickerson were okay, but what really brings the grade down is the fact that it is very racist against African Americans with Dickerson's character.Grade: C

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-08-15 12:38:00 by Genius In the Lamp
A bit uneven in spots, but still an entertaining short. The plot has a number of holes in it, and it does run out of steam toward the end, but the hilarious interplay between Curly and Dudley Dickerson makes up for those shortcoming.

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