A Ducking They Did Go

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A Ducking They Did Go
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Jules White
Written by Andrew Bennison
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Lynton Brent
Bud Jamison
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Charles Nelson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 7, 1939 (1939-04-07) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

A Ducking They Did Go is the 38th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1939 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are once again unemployed. After an unsuccessful attempt to steal a watermelon from a deliveryman (Cy Schindell), which lands them in trouble with a cop (William Irving), the boys wind up at the offices of the Canvas Back Duck Club. The club, run by conmen Blackie (Lynton Brent) and Doyle (Wheaton Chambers) needs some salesmen and the trio have no trouble getting the job because, unbeknownst to them, the whole thing is a scam. Dressed in duck-hunting gear, Larry, Moe and Curly invade the police station and barge right into the office of the police chief (Bud Jamison). The Stooges somehow convince him, the mayor, and the entire police department to join up.

By the time the group arrives at the lodge, the "club owners" are long gone, and an old man assures them that there are no ducks to be found. In a panic, Moe and Larry try to solve this dilemma by hurling decoy ducks and rubber decoys over the pond. Curly arrives at last with a large flock of ducks (à la the Pied Piper of Hamelin) and leads them into the water. Eventually, the old man along with Sheriff Sam he called on shows up ranting that he owns all the prize farm domestic ducks that were won in every state fair contests were shot and were stolen by Curly, the cops realize they have been swindled and point their guns at the Stooges, who flee the scene.

Production notes[edit]

Filmed on November 15–18, 1938,[2] the title A Ducking They Did Go is a play on the old children's song "A-Hunting We Will Go."[1]

The closing shot of the Stooges leaping over a bush, and landing on a trio of bucking steers was recycled from the end of 1936's A Pain in the Pullman.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 149. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 
  2. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 87. ISBN 9781595800701. 

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