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Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 6 October 1939 (USA)
The stooges are tramps looking for handouts. Although the boys are down and out, Curly seems to get everything he wishes for. After some trouble with a farmer, the boys come across an ... See full summary »

Director:

Jules White

Writers:

Andrew Bennison (original screenplay), Mauri Grashin (original screenplay)
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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 are tramps looking for handouts. Although the boys are down and out, Curly seems to get everything he wishes for. After some trouble with a farmer, the boys come across an abandoned car, one of Curly's wishes. The car actually belongs to some con men who have just gypped the widow Jenkins out of her land. The boys winds up at the Mrs. Jenkins' house just in time for a free meal. To repay Mrs. Jenkins the boys try to fix her well and instead unleash an oil geyser. Learning that Mrs. Jenkins has been swindled, the boys go to retrieve the deed before it can be recorded. They find the bad guys and after a wild fight recover the deed. The boys return the deed to Mrs. Jenkins and marry her daughters; April, May and June. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only short in which Moe never hits Larry. See more »

Goofs

The padding under Moe's coat is clearly visible in the scene where the saw hits him in the stomach. See more »

Quotes

Curly: Don't look now, but I think we're about to be killed.
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Connections

Remade as Oil's Well That Ends Well (1958) See more »

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Very Funny Short
24 May 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Oily to Bed, oily to Rise (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Very funny short has the Three Stooges broke, hungry and looking for food but thankfully Curly starts wishing for things and getting them. They end up at the farm of a woman when they strike oil there but she's sold her deed to some bad guys so the Stooges must try and get it back. This is certainly one of the better shorts in the series as we get one big laugh after another. There are many highlights here including a hilarious bit of dialogue coming from Curly as the boys are about to drive off a cliff. Other great scenes include the boys trying to saw a log, them messing up the water pump and of course Curly's "chicken fit" at the start of the film. This here is a perfect example of why the Stooges were so funny as we get plenty of rough violence, zany dialogue and of course the boys are as dumb as ever.


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