Title: Violent Is the Word for Curly
Short Number: 33
Release Date: July 2, 1938
Running Time: 17:37
“Meet me later in the gymnasium, next to the dumbbells… you’ll know me, I got a hat.”
In Violent Is the Word For Curly, Administrators at Mildew College, an all-girl school, are begging the school’s largest benefactor, Mrs. Catsby (Gladys Gale), to provide an athletic fund for the school. She does not approve of girls playing sports and informs the administrators that the money will be used for the salaries of the three new Teutonic professors that are arriving that day.
Meanwhile, The Stooges have just started a new job as servicemen at a service station, with a strongly held belief of “super soyvice!” When they get a customer, they proceed to provide their own inept brand of service, angering the men. The mayhem ends when Curly accidentally puts gasoline in the radiator and Moe checks it with a match. The resulting explosion wrecks the car and prompts The Stooges to flee in a nearby ice cream truck that they had coincidentally thrown the German men’s suitcases into. Curly climbs in the back while Moe and Larry are in the front.
The suitcases, it turns out, belong to the three new professors for Mildew College, and as the boys, now decked in their gowns and mortarboards, try to hitch a ride, Mrs. Catsby spots them and picks them up, bringing them to the school. Later, during the buffet lunch, the three professors show up, blowing The Stooges’ cover and vowing to return to “Hamburg on the Clipper!” When Mrs. Catsby angrily confronts The Boys, they tell her that the college needs athletics, not the foreign professors. They offer to demonstrate and the class follows.
However, the professors mix an explosive into a basketball. The boys demonstrate football plays using the basketball, and force Mrs. Catsby to join in. After being tackled “on her own five-yard line,” she agrees to provide an athletic fund if the boys would get the professors back. As the boys are about to agree, Curly throws an errant basket, going over the fence and exploding in front of the professors, who are blown back into The Stooges clutches. The Boys vow to clean them up and give a little “super soyvice.”
Violent Is the Word for Curly Cast & Crew
|Directed by||Charley Chase|
|Produced by||Charley Chase
|Written by||Al Giebler
|Edited by||Art Seid|
Violent Is the Word for Curly Trivia
- During one scene, Curly is tied to a revolving spit that is placed over an open fire. Edward Bernds remembers, “Curly was so heavy Moe and Larry couldn’t turn the crank. The straps holding him slipped and he was hanging directly over the fire. Before they could get him off, he was pretty well seared. Curly was hollering his head off, and I don’t blame him.”
- The title was actually a parody of an RKO movie release in 1936 titled Valiant is the Word for Carrie
Violent Is the Word for Curly was filmed March 14–17, 1937, over a year prior to its release date