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Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Sport | 13 January 1937 (USA)
Although circumstances force an over-matched Curly into a wrestling ring against a superior opponent, a spectator's perfume proves to be his secret weapon.

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Jack White (as Preston Black)

Writers:

Clyde Bruckman (screenplay), Searle Kramer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
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Storyline

The stooges become trainers of "Bustoff", a champion wrestler. The big boss has a lot of money bet on Bustoff and orders the boys to take good care of him. Instead they accidentally knock him out and Curly must disguises himself as Bustoff and wrestle in his place. The match doesn't go very well until Curly smells "Wild Hyacinth" perfume on a lady fan at ringside. This drives him crazy and he knocks out his opponent and half the people in the stadium. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Short | Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grips, Grunts and Groans See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Wild Hyacinth that drove Curly crazy is a real fragrance made from the plant of the same name. There was a perfume created in the early 1800's named Wild Hyacinth Floris, but the production Is now discontinued. However, Wild Hyacinth fragrances can be purchased as a perfume, oil or cologne for men. See more »

Goofs

When the Stooges crash into the baby carriage, Curly is visibly having trouble standing up. See more »

Quotes

Moe: What's a matter, kid, ya nervous?
Curly: Nooo, I'm scared.
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Classic Comedy
25 January 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937)

**** (out of 4)

Three Stooges short has the boys finding themselves in a jam so they duck into a wrestling gym where the top guy takes a liking to them. The four go out for drinks but the wrestler gets too drunk and can't enter the ring so Curly has to take his place. Even though Curly doesn't know what he's doing he can still go psycho whenever he smells a certain type of perfume. The storyline is pretty similar to their Pop Goes the Weasel but I won't hold it against this film as it's certainly one of their funniest. There were countless scenes that had tears flowing from my eyes due to laughter and I'm not sure I've ever seen Curly go so crazy. There are countless great scenes here including one where the boys are being chased off a train and eventually run over a baby carriage. Another classic is the getting drunk sequence but there's no doubt the highlight is the final sequence where Curly smells too much perfume and flips out on everyone. This is certainly one of the funniest films out there.


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