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Average Rating:     [9.31/10]   34 votes


After being thrown out of their apartment, the Stooges try a new scam to gain some money: find a hotel, slip on a cake of soap, and sue the owners to get a huge settlement. In their attempts they come across an old lady hotel owner who is on the brink of losing her hotel if she doesn't pay the interest on her note. Taking pity on her, they immediately start fixing up the place, and go all out to impress important columnist Waldo Twitchell on opening night.

The Three Stooges Journal # 128 (Winter 2008) presents a transcription of an unknown gag scene from the carpentry sequence, found in Jules White's copy of the script; whether it was unfilmed, or filmed and then edited, is unknown.

Utility player Al Thompson has two roles in the nightclub scenes. First, he's the man with the seltzer bottle, wearing a mustache and round-lens glasses; he's also on the dance floor, without glasses and mustache. Meanwhile, Elinor Vandivere plays the dignified woman in Waldo Twitchell's party. At the same time she's sitting at Twitchell's table with her date (Charles Dorety), she's on the dance floor with Al Thompson.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
January 08, 1942
Production Type
Short Subject
17.5 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   POOR BUT DISHONEST
Title Origin:   The expression, "Local boy makes good"
Prod. No.:   510
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1941-07-29   To: 1941-08-01

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 0.75)
Face Slaps: 2 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (9)
  • "Waiter, do you have Pate de Foie Gras?" I'll see if the band can play it."
    (Lynton Brent & Larry)

  • "They hit me with a tomatah." "A tomato?" "Yeah, a cowardly tomatah... one that hits 'ya and runs."
    (Curly & Vernon Dent)

  • "Mingle or I'll mangle!"

  • "She was bred in old Kentucky... but she's only a crumb up here."

  • "Get my other pair of socks... they're standin' behind the stove."

  • "Start slippin'... we'll start suin'!"

  • "This looks screwy enough to be good."
    (John Tyrrell)

  • "Don't you dare hit me in the head... you know I'm not normal."

  • "Nill, Null & Void... 3 hams who lay their own eggs"
    (Chisel Inn Hotel lobby sign)

Stooge Goofs   (7)
  • Changing Carpets
    When Larry lies across all three of the carpets, after a while all three of the carpets become one!

  • Fast on Her Feet
    Elinor Vandivere plays the dignified woman in Waldo Twitchell's party. A couple times, she can be seen on the dance floor (with Al Thompson), and then it cuts to Twitchell's table where she is sitting with her date (Charles Dorety).

  • Magically Appearing Rubber Snake
    When Curly is pulling all those handkerchiefs out of his pocket, we see Moe holding a rubber snake, but they never showed where he got it from.

  • Malfunctioning Rug
    When the Stooges each begin to lay a carpet on the floor and roll one end of the carpet towards the wall, the other end of each carpet is supposed to roll back to the boys and hit them on their feet, but Larry's carpet stops rolling mid-way. It's fixed in the next shot.

  • Missing Portion of Line
    As the camera dissolves to the Stooges inside the hotel, we hear Moe saying â€Å"--start slippin', we start suin'”, but they didn't show thebeginning of his line.

  • Moe's Hat
    As Curly tosses the soap on the floor, Moe puts his hat on, then in the next shot, the hat is suddenly back in his hand again.

  • Soap or Soup?
    When Curly is supposed to say â€Å"Soap! Just what we're lookin' for!”, it sounds like he says â€Å"soup” instead of â€Å"soap”.

Stooge Routines   (6)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • On March 7, 1946, comedian Harold Lloyd sued writers Clyde Bruckman, director Jules White and Columbia Pictures for Bruckman's use of Lloyd's magician's coat sequence from MOVIE CRAZY (1932) in LOCO BOY MAKES GOOD. Lloyd sought $500,000 in damages.
    Source: The Three Stooges Scrapbook
    Added by archiezappa on 2009-03-23 09:36:26
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (12)
Posted 2001-10-08 15:12:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2015-01-16 11:06:06 by Shemp_Diesel

This short has it all. Singing, dancing, & snappy dialogue. The look on Curly's face just before he gets splattered with a ripe tomato kills me & the fit he pitches afterwards always has me rolling.

8.5 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2014-02-27 20:54:13 by I love the Stooges

One of my all time favorites! Meet Will he Steal , and How!

Posted 2007-10-21 04:27:32 by hailstone

One of my 'Top Ten' Curly shorts. As another reviewer noted, there are a variety of sequences here where the Stooges do their stuff. This is one of the few shorts they did where their 'do-gooder' roles played strictly for laughs.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2005-08-30 19:50:24 by Dean Gonga
This Is a great short! I just love the hotel sign in the beggining...the "happy haven hotel" one. The Three Stooges will, live forever!!

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2001-08-24 03:34:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-12-24 06:33:00 by Stooge
An excellent short, and I especially love the second half in the newly-built nightclub. Eddie Laughton was hilarious in a rare non-straight man role as as the drunk guy, especially his reaction to seeing the live rabbit in his dinner. Hilarious ending as well.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2003-11-04 10:43:00 by Benson
A true classic Stooge film. It's packed with everything- gags, poverty, street minded aspirations, down to earth kindness, musical talent of Larry, rhumba dancing of Curly ["For a fat man, you know very well to dance."] and the inadvertant magic tricks being unknowingly released and causing total havoc. The final ending may have been able to be more conclusive, but it is overshadowed by the immense talent presented. Someone who has never seen a Stooge film will have a well rounded sample here in this one.
Posted 2003-05-03 13:26:00 by [Deleted Member]
I really liked this short subject. It gave the Stooges an element of dimension and complexity. Sure they were lazy bums out to make a fortune for nothing, but when the chips were down, they did the right things. In that regard, it reminded me (in a way) of some of the Chaplin films. It goes to show how a plot like this can be done correctly. Unlike, "All Gummed Up/Bubble Trouble" where an elderly woman was portrayed in an exaggerated manner by a young girl and whose only hope for happiness was to be young again, "Loco Boy Makes Good" used a real elderly woman and the problem was the treatment of the elderly, not being elderly in itself. Of course, on top of all this, "Loco Boy Makes Good" was extremely funny with hilarious scenes and clever lines. I do think the final dance sequence was superb. Some may think the ending was too abrupt, but at that point, all the major plot points had been resolved, so why not end on a fast and silly note? Great stuff!

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2003-02-24 18:18:00 by metaldams
Despite the high amounts of praise it seems to get from people, the night club scene has never been one of my favorite parts. My reasoning is that I feel the boys are almost trying too hard for laughs, where as most of the time their characters just let the laughter flow naturally by being themselves. The fact that there is an audience there laughing at the boys' antics gives it even more of a forced feel, like we as the audience are being told when we are supposed to laugh. It has a canned laughter feel similar to sitcoms that I don't care for too much. However, this short does have merit to it, as the first reel is 4 poke classic material, despite the fact Larry unfortunately isn't given much to do. Moe and Curly are in top form and Curly's failed attempts to slip on a bar of soap are hysterical, and he finally does fall when he's not trying to, making the payoff that much funnier. Then the scene where they are working as carpenters is hysterical! I love the joke that involves Curly about to nail the wrong end of the nail into the wall only to have Moe stop him and tell him he's doing it wrong......because of the way the nail is pointing, it is meant for the other wall. No matter how many times I see that one I never fail to laugh. Characterization wise, it's interesting to me how the boys have no problem stealing from the old lady until they find out she herself is in trouble. A "rob from the rich give to the poor" mentally obviously prevails here. The poor could be themselves or another person. I guess if you really want to go deep into it, it's another example the cliched but true idea of the Stooges giving the proverbial boid to high society. A good short overall, but a tad disappointing because as the beginning suggested, it had the potential fo

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-12-02 01:44:00 by Ichabod Slipp
More things I personally love about this short:1) That first swing number that Curly and Dorothy Appleby dance to. Man, I could listen to that for days!2) The expressions on Symona Boniface's dancing partner's face as she slaps him silly (because she has a mouse down her dress).Edited by - Ichabod Slipp on 12/2/2001 1:45:14 AM
Posted 2001-08-23 20:38:00 by Mike Holme
A great short, my favorite Curly short, everyone does a great job, the second half is absolutely hilarious, and so is the first half! Eddie Laughton as the drunk is hilarious!Bonks: 2 Eyepokes: 1 Stomach hits: 1 Punishment with objects: 44 pokesEdited by - Mike Holme on 12/4/2001 2:35:30 AM
Posted 2001-04-11 02:28:00 by sickdrjoe
Good...but weird. I find it hard to believe TWO writers worked on this, as the whole short seems like the Stooges ad-libbing off one-sentence springboards written on a 3x5 index card. (But in a 1942 Stooge short, that's a BIG selling point, not a criticism!) In an odd way, I feel like I'm watching the boys cutting up at home, rather than playing their assigned 'characters'. After ANTS IN THE PANTRY, I thought we'd had enough 'comedic vermin', but once again, rats running up pantlegs are used for a laugh - these are the kind of chuckles that require children to sleep with the light on for weeks afterwards. Still, there's much to recommend. For one thing, Moe's haircut has never been so helmet-like as it is here, and his CLASSIC "Mingle - or I'll mangle!" threat/command almost cancels out the unsettling rat-invasion scene.
Posted 2001-02-14 12:05:00 by Ichabod Slipp
Another classic. "You start slippin', we start suin'." You'd never imagine that slipping on a cake of soap could be so tricky. Plus the renovation sequences with Curly's head being used as a hammer and Larry falling into the whitewash are definitive top-notch slapstick. And let's not forget Larry at the piano!

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