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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)

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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

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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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After Bustoff finishes drinking at the restaurant, his cup is changed so he can crush it with his hand See more »

Goofs

When Tony's henchman knocks Bustoff's drink over in the restaurant. Harrison Greene forgets what to do next, causing an awkward few seconds of silence. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Bustov has the biggest fight of his life today, and you're here gettin' him stewed!
Curly: Yeah, but he's payin' for it!
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29 March 2014 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

I've always looked at this film as an improved version of "Punch Drunks." Not that "Drunks" was a bad film, mind you, but it was made during the very beginning of the stooges careers when their characters had yet to fully develop plus the pacing of "Punch Drunks" was a bit on the slow side.

No such problems here, because in 1937, the stooges were clicking on all cylinders and "Grips, Grunts and Groans" is one of the funniest films done by anybody.

It's hard to believe that Bustoff is the same guy who played A. Mouser in "Ants in the Pantry" but I would put him on the list of role players who should have been used in more stooge shorts. And of course, Bustoff's resemblance to Curly leads to one of the greatest scenes in all of stoogedom.

Curly's wrestling match: That scene alone is worth a 10 star rating, just about everything in that scene had me rolling, particularly Moe's statement that Curly was just warming up, then they cut to a shot of Curly being flung through the air. Or how about Curly trapped in an ankle-lock and still managing to procure himself a sandwich and soda.

And of course, the riotous ending with everybody getting knocked out by the ring bell. Funniest stooge ending ever!

In short, if you love the stooges, then this short is required viewing.


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