Busy Buddies (film)

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Busy Buddies
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Hugh McCollum
Jules White
Written by Elwood Ullman
Del Lord
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Vernon Dent
Fred Kelsey
Eddie Laughton
John Tyrrell
Stanley Blystone
Cinematography George Meehan
Edited by Henry Batista
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • March 18, 1944 (1944-03-18) (U.S.)
Running time
16' 42"
Country United States
Language English

Busy Buddies is the 78th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges run the Jive Cafe, and are in heavy debt. They reluctantly take a second job hanging posters (à la Three Little Twirps), earning a penny for each poster hung. Moe takes notice of one particular poster advertising a cow milking contest that pays $100 to the winner. Without hesitation, Moe and Larry nominate Curly for the contest, and go about looking for a cow to practice milking on. As luck would have it, they find a "cow" (a bull) right behind the fence. Curly is no match for the wild animal, and boots Curly up onto a telephone pole.

When the contest day arrives, Curly (nicknamed 'K. O. Bossy') cannot squeeze an ounce of milk from the cow's udder. While fresh cows are being brought in for the second round, Moe and Larry jump into a leggy cow costume with a jug of milk. The scheme works until Curly yanks the mock udder off the jug, and the milk comes gushing out which caused Curly to be disqualified. The trio are promptly booed off the stage because Curly was cheating with the help of Moe and Larry in a cow costume.

Curly Howard fades[edit]

By late 1943, the team had been making endless public appearances in support of the war effort. The demanding schedule began to take its toll on Curly in particular, whose childlike facial features began to show the strain. Curly had just turned 40 years of age on October 22, 1943.[1]

Production notes[edit]

The title Busy Buddies is a play on "busybodies."[1]


Curly: "Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?!"

Curly: "Sunday night. 1992!"


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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