SHORTS - 1934
Number of Goofs Found:
Promoter/Manager (Moe), Violinist (Larry), Waiter/Insane Boxer (Curly)
(multiple times), Dummy
playing "Pop Goes the Weasel", Killer Kilduff
Larry plays that weasel tune on the violin, Curly gets rowled into
a fit of uncontrollable rage and destroys anything or anyone in his
Acts of Violence:
"Give us four slices of burnt toast and a
"Whattaya want that for?"
"I've got a tapeworm and that's good enough
on the logo for:
July 13 / Prod. No. 116 / 17m
/ d Lou Breslow / scr
Jack Cluett / st Jerry Howard, Larry
Fine, and Moe Howard / ph Henry Freulich
/ e Robert Carlisle / C:
Dorothy Granger (Girl), Arthur Houseman (Fight Timekeeper), William
Irving (Second Plug Ugly), Jack "Tiny" Lipson (First Plug Ugly),
Billy Bletcher (Fight Announcer), Al Hill (Killer Kilduff, the
Champ), Chuck Callahan (Restaurant Mgr.) and Larry McCrath (Referee)
a boxing manager, and Larry, a violinist, discover that when
Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasel," Curly explodes and starts
punching any available target. Moe comes up with the bright
idea to manage Curly as the ring's newest boxing sensation and
hires Larry to play "Weasel" at ringside, enabling Curly to
win each fight. Disaster strikes when during the championship
bout, Larry's violin gets broken. Curlys momentum suddenly flies
out the window and the champ Killer Kilduff starts whaling on
our bald hero. Larry, out of desperation, must steal a radio
and then a campaign bandwagon, blaring the "Weasel" song, which
revives Curly who wins the fight.
Did you know that Larry learned to play the violin as therapy
to strengthen his arm after a childhood accident. In most
Stooges shorts, Larry does his own playing?
Did you know that Curly goes fighting mad in another short?
Yep, in Grips, Grunts, and Groans (1937) each time Curly gets
a sniff of the perfume "Wild Hyacinth" he loses his cool,
knocking out everything in sight.
Did you know that in the stint of his solo career, Shemp Howard
starred in the short film "A Hit With a Miss" (1945)
that credited the storyline to "Howard, Fine and Howard?"
It followed the same premise as "Punch Drunks."
"Symphony of Punches" and "A Symphony
of Punches" / SD: 4 (W 5/2
to SA 4/5/34) / FN: Punch Drunks
is the only Stooges film to credit the Stooges as writers. In
the original treatment, Curly turns boxer and wins every fight
when Fuzzy (Larry) plays "Stars and Stripes Forever." According
to the director Lou Breslow the song was changed from "Stars and
Stripes" to "Weasel" because the latter was public domain and
"the only song that was half-funny." Curly becoming fighting mad
upon hearing "Weasel" was redone in The Three Stooges Go Around
the World in a Daze (1963). Remade as A Hit With a Miss
(12/13/45) with Shemp Howard.
classic! This is one of the most famous short films that the Stooges
did. This short marked the first in which the Stooges actually
played characters by the names of "Moe," "Larry,"
and "Curly" with Columbia Pictures.