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A Gem of a Jam (1943)

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The stooges are janitors working in the offices of Doctors Hart-Burns and Belcher. Some crooks arrive seeking medical attention after their boss has been wounded in a shoot out with the ... See full summary »

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Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
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The stooges are janitors working in the offices of Doctors Hart-Burns and Belcher. Some crooks arrive seeking medical attention after their boss has been wounded in a shoot out with the cops. Mistaken for doctors, the boys are forced to operate on the wounded crook, but instead they accidentally dump him out the window into a passing police car. The rest of the gang chases them into a store room filled with dummies where the cops finally catch the bad guys. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Crammed with rib-tickling comedy!

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USA

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English

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30 December 1943 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The first Stooges short to feature the swing rendition of "3 Blind Mice," during the closing fadeout. See more »

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After Moe pulls the fish out of Curly, the X-Ray machine is off, but you can still hear the noise it's making. See more »

Quotes

Moe: What's the matter with you? Can't you hear me whistle?
Curly: [putting his fingers in his ears] There must be something wrong with my drums.
Moe: I'll fix that.
[he smacks Curly's elbows, with an accompanying slapstick "pop"]
Curly: Ooh!
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No Stooges "Gem", but has some funny moments
1 July 2003 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

The Stooges are office cleaners mistaken as doctors by bank robbers. The leader has been shot in the arm and the Stooges are forced to operate! Will they get out of this "Gem of a Jam"?

"A Gem of A Jam" proves the old saying that the sum of the parts are greater than the whole. There are individual scenes that shine: the Stooges do their classic bit, the "Cossack Dance." The scene with Curly being "operated" on instead of the bank robber offers some hilarious results, and when Curly falls into a tub of plaster, prepare to laugh. And don't forget the welcome comic antics of Dudley Dickerson.

Viewed together, however, "A Gem of a Jam" doesn't add up. The bank robber plot is dropped in favor of making Curly look like a ghost. There is not much of a cohesive whole to this film; modern viewers may cue past moments of sluggishness for genuine laughs.

Some funny moments, but not a Stooge classic. 6 out of 10.


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