Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise

Production Information

Studio: Columbia
Production Number: 449
Release Date: 10/6/1939
Running Time: 18:13

Cast & Crew

Director(s): Jules White
Producer(s): Jules White
Screenwriter(s): Andrew Bennison, Mauri Grashin

Stooges: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
Cast: Dick Curtis, Eddie Laughton, Eva McKenzie, Linda Winters, Lorna Gray, Dorothy Moore, Richard Fiske, Victor Travers


When the Stooges discover oil on the widow Jenkins’ property, they have to retrieve the deed from swindlers. First appearances by Stooge supporting actor Richard Fiske, and actress Adrian Booth, aka Lorna Gray. Later remade with Joe Besser in “Oils Well That Ends Well” (1958).

Fun Facts

April, May, and June are The Boys love interests in this classic short; one of three shorts released today in different years!  A memorable moment and a visual icon from the Stooges’ body of work is Curly atop the oil well uttering “I’m a successful cork” and then “I’m an unsuccessful cork,” when the oil gushes with Curly at the top of the gusher.

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