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"We are morons, tried and true, and we'll do our yell for you!... Duh-blah-goo-gah-duh-yaa..." - Moe, Larry & Curly (HALF-WITS HOLIDAY, 1947)


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It is the middle of Prohibition and the Stooges are unable to buy beer. They decide to make their own and produce 185 bottles of beer. The boys are soon arrested for bootlegging. The warden finds out Curly has smuggled a keg of beer into the prison and the boys are sentenced to a long stretch.

Includes stock footage from SO LONG, MR. CHUMPS (1941) and IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE (1941).

The short is a reworking of Laurel & Hardy's feature film PARDON US (1931).

Unfilmed/deleted scenes are transcribed in The Three Stooges Journal # 135 (Fall 2010).

The frequently told story of Curly's declining health causing a shortened production schedule and insertion of stock footage is untrue. A week prior to April 1945 production, comedian Harold Lloyd sued Universal Studios and Clyde Bruckman for use of his copyrighted material in one of their features. Lloyd also made it known to Columbia that he planned to file suit against them (and Bruckman) at a later date for use of his material in the Stooges' LOCO BOY MAKES GOOD (1942). Gilbert Pratt's original script for BEER BARREL POLECATS (1946) reworked scenes from Laurel & Hardy's PARDON US (1931), including a virtual word-for-word copy of the prison classroom scene. In reaction to Mr. Lloyd's lawsuit, the POLECATS script (and other shorts department scripts in pre-production) was overhauled at the last-minute. POLECATS deleted the scenes that copied from PARDON US, and stock footage from earlier Stooges comedies featuring prison-themed scenes was inserted.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
January 10, 1946
Production Type
Short Subject
17.5 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   THREE DUDS IN THE SUDS
Title Origin:   Song, "Beer Barrel Polka."
Prod. No.:   4045
Shooting Days:   2 days   From: 1945-04-25   To: 1945-04-26

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 6.00)
Face Slaps: 20 Eye Pokes: 2 Head Bonks: 2 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (4)
  • "Say a few syllables! Utter a few adjectives!"

  • "Here's my brainchild!" "At last you got a brain... child."
    (Curly and Larry)

  • "We all put the yeast in!"
    (Moe, Larry, and Curly)

  • "I'm gonna get myself a tall, big, beautiful bottle of beer."

Stooge Goofs   (11)
  • Change In Aperture
    There is a change in the aperture (light being admitted through the lens) when Curly smacks Moe with the mop.

  • Dated Licence Plates
    In a reused scene from IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE and in a new scene afterwards, the Stooges wear license plates that have the year 1942 on them. Made sense in PIE AND PIE when that short was actually released shortly before that year, but this short was released years after ‘42.

  • Disappearing Water Stains
    When Curly mistakenly spills hot water down Moe's pants, Larry gets some water stains on his shirt, but his shirt's suddenly completely dry in the next shot.

  • Early Line Delivery
    When Moe asks Larry â€Å"Burnt toast and a rotten egg?!”, at the same time Curly begins to say something, but he quickly stops.

  • Empty Bottles
    It is apparent that the 185 bottles of beer are empty, as you can see through them easily!

  • Hidden Barrel Change
    When Curly walks out of the jail cell, the barrel under his coat looks smaller and rounder than it did when he was in the cell.

  • Overdubbed Grunts
    After Moe tells Curly to go on and mop the floor, Curly grunts two different ways at the same time. One of those grunts was dubbed in.

  • Replayed Shot
    The shot of Moe coming up from the floor with an ice cream cone on his nose is accidentally played twice in a row.

  • Reused Footage Plot Hole
    In the reused footage from SO LONG MR. CHUMPS, the Stooges are trying to look for convict 41144, but they deleted all references from the original version as to why they were even looking for him, and there's no explanation at all in the new footage either, leaving the viewers confused.

  • Something Caught in Eye
    When Curly stomach-butts Larry into the tub, Moe gets something caught in his eye. Same thing happens later in the short toRobert Williams after the beer barrel explosion when he yells â€Å"I'll hang you for this!”

  • Wrong Grab
    When Curly smacks Moe with the mop, he hits him in the back of the head, but Moe grabs the side of his face.

Stooge Routines   (10)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • The last short to feature supporting actor Eddie Laughton. He was born the same year as Curly, and died the same year as Curly!
    Source: Eddie Laughton (cast)
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-04-18 01:18:15
    Status: Confirmed
    Team Stooge Comments: In stock footage, Laughton also appeared in PEST MAN WINS (1951).

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Transcription by xraffle:  

[The short fades in and we see the outside of a bar. The stooges exit the bar looking annoyed. Moe tries to light his cigar]

LARRY: How do you like that? No beer! [taps Curly] You know, this is the 16th place we've been in.

MOE: Yeah, there ain't a bottle of beer in town.

CURLY: Hey! I got an idea!

MOE: Shut up! I don't want to hear it… What is it?

[The scene transitions to a new scene where we see Moe holding an instruction book that reads "How To Make Panther Pilsner Beer by J. Panther Pilsner"]

MOE: Well boys, we're all set. We've got the directions. We've got the ingredients. Now, let me see. [Open instruction book] In order to make 10 gallons of beer, pour one can of hopes.

LARRY: Hops!

MOE: Hops! And a can of malt into a large crook.

LARRY: Crock!

MOE: Crock! Then fill crock with hot water.

CURLY: Hot water! Hotsy Totsy!! [Moe flings Curly's face] Oooh!

MOE: Come on, quit clowning.

CURLY: Yes sir!

MOE: Get the hot water!

CURLY: I I sir! [salutes to Moe, but ends up hitting him]

MOE: Oh! Go on! [Curly leaves]

MOE: Alright! I'll open the malt. You open the hoppies.

LARRY: Hops!

[The camera cuts to Curly who is by the sink filling up a large container with hot water. While he's waiting for the container to fill up, he tries to cross his arms, but they slip. He tries again, but ends up hitting himself in the face.]

MOE: Boy! I'd like to taste it right now. [As he pours the malt into the large container]

LARRY: Hey! What do we do next?

MOE: Wait a minute and I'll tell ya. [Opens instruction book]

[Curly comes in with the large container of hot water]

MOE: We did that! Here! Mix ingredients. Refer, page 27, I— [Curly pours the hot water onto the other container, but he ends up spilling the hot water all over Moe]

MOE: Ahhhhh! Oh! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Oh! Why you!

CURLY: It was an accident Moe. Moe, it was an accident. The crock skidded.

MOE: So did your brain! [takes a punch at Curly, misses, and hits Larry]

LARRY: Oh! [gets pushed back and hits his head against the wall.]

CURLY: Take it easy, Moe! I'm a citizen.

[Moe grabs a mop]

MOE: Here. Take this mop and clean up that mess. That's an order. Present arms, hup! [Curly holds the mop in front of him] Right shoulder arms! [Curly places the mop over his soulder] About face! [Curly turns around and the mop hits Moe on the face] Hup---- Oh!!!

CURLY: What's the matter?

MOE: Nothing. [Grabs Curly's nose and hits it]


MOE: Why you? [Tries to eye poke Curly, but he blocks it with the mop]

CURLY: Nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk. [Moe eye pokes Curly with his left and right index fingers] Oh!!

MOE: Now go on! [Leaves the room]

[Curly sings while he mops. The mops hits Larry in the stomach when he approaches Curly while mopping]

LARRY: Oh! [kicks Curly in the rear] Hey hey! What are you doing?

CURLY: Arf!! Ruff! Ruff!

[Larry pushes Curly in the face, Curly moves backwards and pulls the mop with him. Since Larry was standing on the mop the whole time, he falls down when Curly pulls the mop]

[The scene transitions to a new scene where we see the stooges mixing ingredients on the large containers they're making the beer in]

MOE: Well. That's that. Let's see what happens next. [Reads instructions] Put in three cakes of yeast.


[phone rings]

CURLY: I'll answer it. [answers phone]

MOE: Alright Porcupine! Get the yeast!

CURLY: Hey Larry! It's for you.

LARRY: Ok [Larry leaves the room to answer the phone]

MOE: Have to do things around here myself.

MOE: 1-2-3. [As he puts in the three cakes of yeast in the container]

[Moe eats the wrappers of the yeast]

MOE: Hmm. Hmm. Oh boy! [As he chews the wrappers]

[Larry approaches Moe]

LARRY: Hey Moe! That's for you. [Looks at the instructions] Where were we? Oh yeah, three cakes of yeast. [Puts the three cakes of yeast in the container] I'll have to do everything myself, I guess. [Thinks for a moment] Now, what can I do now? Oh, the bottles.

MOE: Scram!! [pushes Curly away]

CURLY: [approaches the containers, grabs the last three cakes of yeast, and adds them in the container without taking off the wrappers] 1-2-3. [crushes the bag and adds it to the container]

MOE: [hangs up phone and approaches Curly] What do we do know?

[Larry enters]

LARRY: Hey fellas! Come on help me with those bottles, so they'll be done when the beer's ready.

MOE: Good idea.

LARRY: Come on!

[The scene transitions to a new scene where we see the container bubbling up and overflowing]

[Curly walks in with Moe and Larry behind him]

CURLY: Hey! The soup is boiling over.

[They run up to the container]

MOE: Quick! Bail her out. All the work!

[The stooges quickly grab pots and try transfer the beer to another container, but the other container fills up fast]

MOE: Get another tub! Faster. [Larry grabs another container from under the table]

CURLY: I got an idea.

MOE: Well hurry up with it.

[Curly grabs a sack]

CURLY: Let her go.

MOE: [just notices the sack] Why! You dummy! [hits Curly with the pot]

CURLY: Oh! That gives me another idea.

MOE: Well hurry up.

CURLY: Right. [goes off-camera]

LARRY: Here! Come on. [Opens up a case and tells Moe to put the beer in there]

MOE: Ok.

CURLY: [sings] Nyahhh. [brings a tub into the room] Here's my brain child.

LARRY: At last you got a brain… child. [taps Curly on his head]

MOE: Come on, get it in., boys.

[They pour the beer into the tub]

MOE: Alright boys, get working here.

[The stooges finish pouring all the beer into the tub]

MOE: Success!

LARRY: Success!

[Moe and Larry shake hands]

CURLY: Oh boy! It's done. Look at all the beer we got.

MOE: Oh boy! Say! You know. I don't want to pour any cold water on this project. But it seems to me there must be something wrong.

LARRY: Oh you're crazy! We followed directions. I put the yeast in myself.

MOE: You're crazy, I put the yeast in.

CURLY: You're both crazy! I put the yeast in.

MOE, LARRY, AND CURLY: We all put the yeast in.

LARRY: You imbecile, who told you to put the yeast. [slaps Curly in the head]

CURLY: Mmm. See that. [shows a fist.]

LARRY: Ah! [Larry slaps the fist and Curly bonks himself on the head]


LARRY: Why I'll pun--- [Curly pushes Larry with his stomach] Ooh!

[Larry gets pushed back and lands in the tub of beer. Curly and Moe help him out]

MOE: What's the matter with this guy?

[The scene ends and a new scene begins where we see Curly hammering on the cap of the last bottle of beer]

CURLY: That's it. The last one. A hundred eighty five bottles of beer.

MOE: We ain't gonna run short beer. Look at all those bottles of beer.

LARRY: Boy oh boy!

MOE: Beer to swim in. Beer to bathe in. We could wash out clothes in beer.

LARRY: We got beer galore. Boys this is terrific.

[The camera cuts to the bottles of beer where we see that the beers are next to an open flame next to the stove]

LARRY: Say how about some Dutch lunch?

CURLY: Certainly. I'll have some apple pie and whip cream.

LARRY: I'll take ah… some burnt toast and a rotten egg.

MOE: Burnt toast and a rotten egg?

LARRY: Yeah, I got a tape worm and that's good enough for him.

MOE: Put it down.

[The bottles of beer explode and it spills all over the place]

[The scene ends and a new scene begins where we see the stooges behind bars]

MOE: You got us into a fine mess this time.

LARRY: Yeah. You had to go and sell one little bottle of beer.

CURLY: How did I know he was a detective?

MOE: Oh! On charge of the black market price on top of it.

CURLY: Ah. Stop crying over spilt beer. [The camera pans away and we see Curly with a huge stomach] And the judge said we'll be out of here on eight months of good behavior.

LARRY: Yeah! You know. It's a good thing we drank our fill before they caught us.

CURLY: Yeah, and we'll drink our fill again. [opens his coat to reveal that he has a barrel of beer underneath] Nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk.

MOE: Oh boy! That'll be wonderful

LARRY: Look out! Somebody's coming. Hey! It's the guard.

[The guard approaches and opens the jail cell]

MOE: Hi!

GUARD: Ok, this way, you guys. [sees Curly's stomach] Hey, hey wait a minute. What's the matter with you?

CURLY: Goiter!

GUARD: Goiter, huh! Gee! That's too bad.

[The scene cuts to the camera room where we see the stooges and the guard enter]

GUARD: Ok inside, you guys. [looks at cameraman] Ok Al. [looks at the stooges] Get over there and line up.

CAMERAMA: More light here. Yeah. That's better. [Moves the light closer to Curly]

[Tries to take a picture but realizes that he needs more light.]

CAMERAMAN: More light here. [Moves the light even closer to Curly] That's better.

CURLY: Gee, it's hot in here. I hope the beer don't spoil.

MOE: Shut up.

[We hear the sound of the beer rumble. The stooges look at Curly's stomach]

CURLY: Be still my heart. [taps his stomach gently]

[The stooges wipe their faces due to the hot light that's on them. The sound of the beer rumbling occurs again]

CURLY: Hey Moe! This beer is boiling.

MOE: Shut up! We can't do anything about it now.

CAMERAMAN: Alright. Get ready..set..go— [The beer under Curly's jacket explodes and the beer ends up all over the cameraman and guard]

MOE: Nyah!!

GUARD: I'll hang you for this.

[The scene ends]

[A new scene begins where we see the stooges inside a different prison cell]

LARRY: They can't hang us! We're innocent! We're innocent, I tell you!

CURLY: You're tellin' me!

MOE: Well, they're gonna hang us.

CURLY: [holding his neck] Oh, no! No!!

[Curly leans against a wall next to a mirror]

CURLY: I'm too young to die! I'm too young and too handsome!

[Curly looks at his face in the mirror]

CURLY: Nyaaah!! [pauses] Well, I'm too young!

[Moe looks at Curly with an angry smirk]

CURLY: Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

[Moe takes off Curly's hat and hands it to him]

MOE: Hold that.

CURLY: Oh, thank you. I get the--

[Moe bonks Curly on the head]


MOE: Listen, you - we got 24 hours to live. Think! Think! Think!!

[Curly begins panting heavily and clicking his teeth together. Moe looks at Larry with a big smile. Curly then slams his head against the wall several times.]

MOE: Thataboy! Think it up! Think it up, kid!

[Curly stops]

CURLY: I got it!

MOE: What?

CURLY: [holding his forehead] A terrific headache!

[Curly turns his back on Moe and Larry, revealing a license plate and a stop light hanging over his behind. Moe is about to kick Curly's behind, but stops himself when he notices the stop light.]

LARRY: Ah ha ha ha ha ha! He stopped--

MOE: [slaps Larry] Come onnnnn! [to Curly] Listen - we gotta get outta here! [puts his hand on his chin] If we only had a saw!

CURLY: Hey, what about these?

[Curly lifts up his shirt and reveals three saws hidden inside of his pants. Moe and Larry take out two of the saws.]

MOE: Swell!

LARRY: Where'd ya get these?!

CURLY: I save bottle tops! Ha ha!

MOE: [bending the saw] Is this a musical saw?

CURLY: Soitenly. It plays I Hear a Rip-sody!

[Moe releases one half of the bent saw, causing it to swing into Curly's face]

CURLY: Ohh!! Ooh!!

MOE: That was a rhapsody in the kisser! Come on, get on those bars - quick!

[Moe and Larry go over to the barred window in their jail cell, as Curly swings his saw around like a sword. Then he walks over to Moe and Larry, who are sawing through the window bars. Their elbows repeatedly back into Curly's chin.]

CURLY: Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! WAIT A MINUTE!! WAIT A MINUTE!!

[Moe and Larry stop sawing]

CURLY: Let a guy that can saw, see… saw? Ha ha ha!

[Curly breathes heavily on his saw several times, then saws the bars on the window]

CURLY: [singing] Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope are plaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyiii--

[Moe slaps Curly's hat off]

CURLY: Hey! [slaps Moe] On your guard!

[Moe and Curly raises their saws in the air like swords, then clank their saws together several times as if they're in a swordfight. As Curly bends forward, Moe scrapes the saw on the top of Curly's head.]

CURLY: YAAAAAAH-AAAAAH-AAAAAH-OWWWW!!! Ohh… ohh… [looks at the saw] Oh, look!

[Moe looks at the saw, which is now broken due to Curly's hard head]

[The scene ends and a new scene begins in a room where we see the prisoners hang out]

WARDEN: Hello boys!

PRISONER: How do ya do, warden.

WARDEN: [looks at another guy] How are ya Butch!

[the stooges enter with ice cream cones in their hands]

MOE: Boy, it's great to be out!


MOE: Hi ya Blackie. [Trips over a guy's leg] Oh!

[The ice cream cone gets pushed onto Moe's nose]

BULLY: Ah! Hahahahahahahaha [Moe throws the ice cream at the bully's face]

BULLY: What's the idea?

MOE: Why don't you get your big feet out of the way?

BULLY: Oh would you like a punch in the nose?

MOE: A punch in the nose? Why you couldn't even punch him in the nose. [pulls Curly and positions him in front of the bully]

BULLY: Oh I couldn't eh! Slap me hard. Put some steam in it so I can really get sore.

CURLY: Hmmmm. [Practices a few punches]

MOE: Don't give him a chance to say boo. Slap it right to him. Bring it back right through your heels, boy, let him have it. Right between the eyes.

[The warden approaches and stands in front of the bully. Curly, not knowing that the warden has entered, gets ready to punch the bully, but instead knocks the warden out unconscious.]


MOE: You sap! It's the warden. Speak to me warden. Say a few syllables. Utter a few adjectives. Get some water, ya dummy. [looks at Curly]

[Curly runs off-camera to get some water]

MOE: Come on warden. Look, it was only an accident. He's coming out of it.

[Curly grabs a pail that says "Fire" on it. He thinks it's water and he ends up splashing sand all over the warden]

MOE: That's sand, not water! You dummy.

[the warden recovers]

WARDEN: [yells out] Guards!! Guards!

[The scene ends and a new scene begins where the stooges are standing in front of a large rock pile with sledge hammers making little rocks out of the big ones. Dressed in striped prison garb and supporting the following prison numbers: MOE: +4, CURLY: H2O and LARRY: 6-7/8]

[After Moe, Larry, and Curly have smashed three rocks, a prison guard walks by]

PRISON GUARD: All right, you guys keep working.

[After the officer has walked by one more time and Moe has noticed that the coast is clear, he taps Curly on the shoulder]

MOE: He's gone!

[Then Curly, Larry, and Moe pick up their balls and chains and unhook the balls]

CURLY: [As Curly notices a guard approaching] Cheese it, cheese it!

[Then Moe and Curly rehook their balls to their chains]

[Two other prisoners in the background are walking by Moe, Curly, and Larry as The Stooges resume their rock crushing duties]

PRISON GUARD: [As he is walking up to them says] Hey, you, 6-7/8, bring that horse and wagon in here. You guys get ready to load those rocks into the wagon.

MOE: Okay!

[As the guard is leaving, Moe waves his hand at him and Curly barks at the guard]

MOE: [Moe has a concerned look on his face and Curly is wiping sweat off of his forehead with his shirt sleeve whispers] We gotta keep our eye open for 41144.

[Two other prisoners are walking by in the distance to complete some clean-up duties]

CURLY: Maybe it's the warden.

MOE: [In total madness] I'll warden you, get busy.

[Curly is saying 'hmm,' as he is brushing a hornet from his face and is barking at it]

MOE: [With a mad look on his face and madness in his voice says] Hey Great Dane, what's the matter with you?

CURLY: [With a perplexed look on his face says] A hornet is trying to horn in on me.

MOE: [As he notices the hornet on Curly's forehead says] Wait a minute, hold still I see him.

[Moe then picks up his sledge hammer and goes to kill the hornet on Curly, but misses the hornet and hits Curly hard on the forehead sending Curly to the ground in total pain]

CURLY: [As they both have looks of happiness on their faces and Curly gives Moe a hand shake] Thanks Moe!

MOE: You're welcome!

[Moe then notices that the head on his sledge hammer was whacked out of shape. Curly then takes hold of the head of the hammer and turns it a couple of times looking at it]

MOE: You with that ironhead of yours, now I'm liable to have to pay for another hammer.

[Larry is now walking in the horse and wagon. The horse is also dressed in striped prison garb and is supporting the number 13. There are two other prisoners on the wagon]

[Moe and Curly are still working on the rock pile while Larry is walking in the horse]

VOICE: Whoa, whoa, whoa. [coming from one of the prisoners]

GUARD: [As Larry is bringing the horse and wagon to a hault] Come on, come on, get 'em in there.

[Moe goes and picks up a rock and then throws it by the wagon to load it. Then he picks up his ball and chain and goes to throw that also. This causes him to fall hard on his face. Then Curly not noticing Moe, accidentally hits Moe hard on his head with his sledge hammer]

MOE: [As he stands up and regains his balance and is mad at Curly, he makes a fist out of his right hand] You see this?

CURLY: Yeah!

[Moe then hits Curly on the head with his fist and hurts himself and yells in pain]

MOE: Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow

LARRY: [As he is walking up to them and Moe is rubbing his sore hand and looking madly at Curly says] Hey, hey, hey, hey, the guard.

GUARD: All right, you three, come along with me, got some painting to do.

[Larry, Curly, and Moe pick up their balls and chains and toss them over their shoulders, Curly doesn't realize how close to Moe he is and hits Moe on the head with his ball knocking Moe to the ground on his backside]

[Larry then notices Moe and goes over to help him]

GUARD: [As the other prisoner is mixing up a couple of paint pails] You can go back to your work.

[The other prisoner then picks up his two paint pails and goes back to work]

[Moe, Larry, and Curly are approaching the guard and dropping their balls individually making chime bells sounds with them]

GUARD: You men take these buckets and paint cell block number six.

MOE: Okay!

[The scene ends and a new scene begins where we see the stooges getting ready to paint the hallways of the prison]

MOE: We gotta find 41144.

LARRY: [Whispering] Yeah, wonder where he hangs out!

CURLY: [Laughing] They generally hang out on the gallows.

[Moe then hits Curly in the stomach first, then bonks him on the forehead. Curly then to Moe, waves his hand, turns his head sideways and says, 'hmm.' Moe then bonks Curly on the head sending Curly right into a wall where Curly cracks his head]

[Curly then takes his painting brush and a pail of paint and starts to paint a stripe on the wall]

[As Curly is painting his wall, he comes upon a guard who is making himself a summer sausage sandwich for lunch. The guard is looking in his lunch pail for some salt to put on it. Curly then removes the sausage from the bread, eats it and replaces it on the guards bread with some paint]

[The guard sitting in his chair not noticing what Curly just had done, puts some salt on one slice of bread of his Paint Sandwich and then tops it with the second slice of bread. He then sits back, crosses his legs, and takes a bite of his Paint Sandwich]

[The guard then has a look of horror on his face as he stands up and puts his napkin up to his mouth, and runs into the nearest cell to get rid of the bite of sandwich]

[The camera cuts to Curly who is painting a fire extinguisher from the wall not realizing that the hose is squirting]

[Moe then approaches Curly and gets squirted with the hose]

[Moe is now mad at Curly and kicks him in the rear]

CURLY: Oh! What's the idea? [Moe paints Curly's face]

[Curly has now turned the fire extinguisher in the direction of Pomeroy, getting him wet.]

[Curly is now mad at Moe and barks at him and sticks his tongue out at him. Moe then paints Curly's tongue as Curly chokes from the paint taste]

[Pomeroy has now been thoroughly soaked with the fire extinguisher. Curly goes to take his left fist to hit Moe, where Moe paints it and then Curly hits Moe in the face with it]

MOE: [Really mad at him for hitting him in the kisser with his painted fist] Why you, I'll jam this right down---

[Moe is then interrupted by Pomeroy who walks into their cell and takes a hold of Moe and Curly and clunks their heads together, gives them a mean look and turns around to return to his cell, brushing off some of the water]

CURLY: [As he points his right thumb in the direction of Pomeroy's cell says] Hey, it's him, Pomeroy.

[Larry is now standing by Moe while Pomeroy returns to their cell]

POMEROY: How did you know my name?

LARRY: [With a look of happiness on his face whispers to him] Hey, we came to get you out.

POMEROY: [Moe has paint on his face and Pomeroy has a happy sounding voice] Yeah, that's great, when do we break out?

MOE: Here is the idea, we---. [As Moe, Larry, and Pomeroy huddle together to hear Moe's plan, Curly is looking in the opposite direction]

[Moe, Larry, and Pomeroy get up and look to see if there are any guards around, while Curly turns back around to join the huddle]

CURLY: Hey, wait a minute, let's all go together.

CURLY: Go! [Then the four of them go to huddle together and end up clunking heads together]

MOE: Get those brushes and paint, come on, start working.

[Then the four of them start to paint each others uniforms. Larry and Pomeroy are a team, while Moe and Curly are another team. They are painting one another's prison garb to look like guard uniforms. Moe is also painting Curly's face.]

[The scene transitions to Curly who is putting the finishing touches on Moe's uniform, while Larry is doing the same to Pomeroy's]

[Pomeroy is looking at Larry while Curly is looking at Moe]

CURLY: [Whispering] Boy, they sure look like guard uniforms now.

MOE: [Whispering] You said it, they'll never know the difference, come on, we'll paint our way out

[Moe, Larry, Curly and Pomeroy painted the front's of their uniforms but forgot to paint the backs of them]

[Moe, Larry, Pomeroy, and Curly all go up to the same wall and are painting their way out, not looking where they are going and all of them smack a guard with their painting brushes right in the face]

GUARD: [Just after Curly has painted his face says] Hey!

[Curly then backs-up to see what the guard wants]

CURLY: [With a look of determination on his face and mischief in his voice] Pardon me, there's a white spot!

[Then Curly gives the guard five big smacks on the face with his painting brush and barks at him]

[The guard then shakes his head. tries to wipe some paint off of his face with his hands]

[Curly then gives the guard three more smacks on his face with his painting brush]

[Moe, Larry, Curly and Pomeroy all run outside.]

MOE: Come on.

[The stooges walk into a cage. The guard shuts it and locks it]

GUARD: Hahahahaha.

WARDEN: Oh wise guys huh! Take 'em to solitary!

[The scene transitions to a new scene where Curly is sitting down cutting up some strings. While Larry is putting rocks on Curly's head, Moe is smashing them with his sledge hammer]

MOE: Give me another one!

[Larry then puts another rock on Curly's head and Moe once again smashes it with his sledge hammer]

[Then Larry goes to put a third rock on Curly's head and he struggles a bit with it]

CURLY: Hey, wait a minute, that's a real on, I'm no fool!

[The scene ends and a new scene begins outside the prison where we see the stooges being set free 40 years later. The stooges are now old and have long beards]

WARDEN: Well boys! At last you're free.

MOE: Thank you warden!

WARDEN: Oh! Don't mention it. Hurry back. [Enters the prison]

LARRY: We're out at last!

MOE: Forty years, I've waited for this day!

CURLY: Do you know what I'm gonna do?


CURLY: I'm gonna get myself a tall, big beautiful bottle of beer.

MOE: Oh yeah!

CURLY: Yeah!

[Moe pokes Curly's eyes]


[Larry hits Curly in the stomach]


MOE: Get around here!

[Moe and Larry grab Curly and ram his head into the door of the prison. The warden runs up to the door]

WARDEN: Hey what's going on here?

LARRY: Open up!

[The warden opens up the door]

MOE: We got a new customer for you, warden. Take him! [throws Curly to the warden]

[Moe grabs Larry's arm and they walk away together]

MOE: Come on pal! I know where there's a couple of beautiful blondes.

LARRY: Oh yeah! [The scene fades]


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Fan Reviews   (20)
Posted 2001-12-19 12:46:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-27 15:49:02 by Shemp_Diesel

After watching this recently, I have to change my rating. As much as I like the beer making scenes, the old footage drags this short down--especially the poorly edited scenes from "So Long, Mr. Chumps." The short as a whole, might've been better if it had a scene or two where we actually see Curly peddling illegal beer to the undercover cop or a scene w/ the boys in their home enjoying their hootch, then Curly getting the brilliant idea to sell their formula. Just my opinion. "I'm sorry Moe, the crock skidded."

4 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Posted 2010-10-12 17:03:06 by JustSayMoe
Not the worst Curly short but it's pretty poor. The new scenes with the boys bootlegging beer is actually rather good despite Curly's condition. The real problem is the integration of the recycled footage from two different shorts. For one thing the pre- and post-stroke Curlys are a jarring mismatch but even worse is the lack of sense the older scenes make. We see one set of prison uniforms and prisoner numbers from "In the Sweet Pie and Pie" and then another set of prison uniforms and prisoner numbers from "Goodbye Mr. Chumps". It's never explained why - in"Beer Barrel Polecats" - the boys are trying to find one particular convict and help him escape. At least in the Shemp remakes Jules White would shoot a few seconds of new footage so that Moe and Larry could explain what was supposed to be going on. Maybe that was a "skill" only developed later; as it is for this short, the reused footage comes across as lazy and thoughtless.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2009-03-29 11:32:06 by BeatleShemp

Granted, this isn't the best Curly short, but it's not the worst either. The beer making scene is pretty classic, and I liked the reused footage of "In the Sweet Pie and Pie." It's the "Mr. Chumps" scenes that weigh it down, and if there was an explaination in the new footage of finding 41144, then the reused footage would make sense. I think Curly's performance in this short really surpasses his performance in "Three Loan Wolves." He still seemed to have a vibrant sense of energy in the new scenes. I generally try to find merit in all Stooges shorts.

Posted 2009-03-26 16:42:14 by Woodcock R Strinker
The new scenes actually have production values, so some of the time is taken up with reused footage. While that would normally knock any film down a couple notches, some of this short's dialogue has become part of the American lexicon with "We ALL put the yeast in!" and "Goiter!" surviving to this day. The goiter bit was used before but this is the one everyone remembers. The over-yeasted beer was done by Keaton in the silent days but this is the one everyone remembers. And the bucket of sand is my favorite Vernon Dent scene ever. Only the Stooges could take a "nothing" short and make it seem worthwhile.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2005-11-02 13:56:28 by Shemoeley Fine

This short even with all its defects is far from being the worse Curley or Stooge short IMO. Best moment is the final scene when the Stooges are paroled after 40 years, their mannerisms are great and the look of Vernon Dent peeping through the bars as they leave and then return to place Curley back in prison after he desires another beer is priceless!

Shemoeley Fine

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2003-07-07 23:28:00 by Moe is me
Funniest moment is when Moe accidently hits Larry while trying to take revenge on Curly for pouring water down his pants.
Posted 2001-05-12 02:38:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-23 02:46:00 by Stooge
The 2nd worst Curly short (next to RHYTHM AND WEEP). Most of this is just reused footage from SO LONG, MR. CHUMPS and IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE, neither of which fit around the new footage of this short, and the new footage itself isn't anything special.

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2003-06-18 02:03:00 by justplainbill
You gotta admit, Curly mopping and screeching some a-tonal tune and then popping a dazed Larry square in the gut with the mop handle is worth the rest of torture that accompanies this "Sick Curly" era short. Not one of my favorites, but if I had to choose watching this or [i]Women Haters[/i], I'd choose this one.
Posted 2003-05-27 16:28:00 by Pat Stooge
This is a baaaaaaaaaaaaad short, but it marks two landmarks one is this is the first short that Jules White uses old footage from older shorts to save money and two: in some kind of cruel irony Joe Palma Shemp's stand in appears in here.There's something I wanna say about it: This is famound the worst stooge short ever made!The old footage makes you loathe it even more than it is and whats worse is the fact that it exists,this reel should be destroyed!
Posted 2002-05-14 02:10:00 by jaronson
I do also agree that this is the worst Curly short. The reused jail scenes really take away from the plot, and the extensive use of it makes you lose track of the plot. I do like the new footage though, especially the beginning.Grade: D

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2002-05-07 12:20:00 by BJR
This very late Curly short finds the Stooges trying to get a hold of some beer, but they end up having to make it themselves in their house when they find a recipe. After a disasterous attempt to make it and a not-so-successful outcome, the boys wind up behind bars for trying to sell the beer. After that the short begins to generously (to put in nicely) use stock footage from shorts such as IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE (1941) and SO LONG, MR. CHUMPS (1941).Highlights:-- "We all put the yeast in!"-- The ending was absolutely hysterical with an 80-year-old feble Moe slowly raising his hand to eyepoke the old Curly, ROFLProblems:-- Nearly everthing.-- Curly's health seemed worse than ever in this short and his lines are delivered awfully.-- This short is SO cheap that even the A/V quality suffers.-- They re-use so much stock footage in the second half that this barely counts as an original.-- The scenes making the beer... with the exception of the yeast bit... were not funny.Grade: DRating: 2/10Moe: "Oh, boxcars wasn't good enough for you, eh?"Curly: "I wouldn't know; I'm a stowaway!"Moe: "Well stow THIS away..." *punch* "Get out!"
Posted 2001-12-20 04:33:00 by [Deleted Member]
If combining the old footage with the new footage was the only way they'd ever release the new footage, I'm very glad they did it, no matter how little the old footage made sense in this short. I like watching the Stooges on the telephone in the background- especially when Moe tells Curly to "Scram!" Also, in the photo scene, Curly's "Be still, my beating heart." line cracks me up every time!I think I would call this the worst Curly short, but only for the overusage of old footage. The new footage was great!ISLIPP- when the beer crock overflows. ®2001
Posted 2001-12-19 12:20:00 by Genius In the Lamp
Hardly the boys' best, but far from a total loss. Curly actually shows he has some gas left in the tank during the beer-making scene and the photo shoot (complete with Curly's "goiter"). However, the rest of the short (with its stock footage) looks as if it was edited with a rusty hatchet. The stock footage is neither coherent nor logical in light of the plot. Why are they being sentenced to die for smuggling beer into jail? How did they get their death sentence commuted? And where does Convict 41144 play in all this? The fault lies in the production, not the Stooges' performance.

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2001-06-15 18:09:00 by 1985
Stooge is right!This short is corny and stupid, it's mostly old footage from So Long Mr.Chumps and Sweet Pie and Pie, the new storyline is weak!They never tell why the heck are they looking for prisoner #44114.What is the point of this story?I know Curly is sick here but those Idoits at Columbia had nothing to lose with this short! The ending is Mindless!Whats the purpose of throwing Curly back in jail?The worst short of the Curly era!F!(Blows Big Raspberry)
Posted 2001-06-04 15:52:00 by Piper
All I can say is it's better than a Besser short or any of the feature flims, but that's not saying much.
Posted 2001-05-07 23:21:00 by metaldams
The re-used footage doesn't do BEER BARREL POLECATS any favors, but I think this is still an enjoyable short. The new footage is great IMO, despite Curly's illness. This is the short that spawned THREE STOOGES BEER for Pete's sake, that alone should give this short some credibility. Worst Curly short IMO is IF A BODY MEETS A BODY.
Posted 2001-04-23 00:17:00 by Mike Holme
Re-Review: The worst Curly short. Over half of this episode is reused footage. Even though the "we put all the yeast in bit" is good, the rest of the film just drifts, especially the "So Long Mr. Chumps" footage. Overall, a very lousy short.

Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Posted 2001-02-16 00:07:00 by sickdrjoe
The good news: Curly's fit and feisty in the jailhouse scenes. The bad news: it's all pirated from earlier, better shorts. Remaking old routines is one thing, and sometimes yields great results, but reUSING old footage and passing it off as new is just ripping off the paying audience. I've got a very simple rule on these matters - when it's great, credit the Stooges; when it's awful, blame Columbia. These 'fake shorts' were bad enough when Curly's declining health was the excuse, but by the early 50s recycledscenes became Standard Operating Procedure as a cost-cutting measure, which was really inexcusable. Blame the studio, not the boys.
Posted 2001-01-21 12:04:00 by Uncle Mortimer
Yes the re-used footage is lame, but for me, sometimes it only takes 'one good scene' to make the short a memorable one. That ONE scene is the "We ALL put the yeast in"/Beer making scene! This, to me is a great scene and Curly does a great job. You know, Curly was obviously worlds better before he got sick but he still made me laugh in some of these 1945/1946 shorts. Because altough ill and slower, he still had a special gleam of humor in his eyes and voice. It was a different kind of thing, but it just goes to prove that even after a serious illness, it was very hard for this wonderful guy to not be funny. I also agree with Eric(below)...Three Stooges Beer!!, what a great idea! I give this short 3 pokes because of the great scene mentioned above, ignoring the re-used stuff.
Posted 2000-12-27 01:21:00 by [Deleted Member]
Okay, first of all, let me say that I seem to have a completely different opinion than most fans about old stock footage used in Stooge films. Call me weird, but I love it! Although, I am sure it was originally done as a shameless money saving scheme, it's taken on a very "arty" quality, at least to me. It's really quite resourceful and challenging to work old scenes into new plots so that they fit and make sense. And, no, "Beer Barrel Polecats" may have not done the best job of this since the plots do seem disjointed at best. Yet, under the circumstances of having to work around Curly's illness and make a new film about prison, I think the producers did the best with what they had. Besides, the footage from "So Long, Mr. Chumps" is not exactly inconsistent with the overall plot. It just seems to come out of nowhere. Might have worked better had they added a little footage as an explanation for why they were looking for the other prisoner. Still, for all its flaws, I like this one as well as other combinations of old and new Stooge short subjects.

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