Busy Buddies (film)

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Busy Buddies
Busy Buddies.jpg
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 date
  • March 18, 1944 (1944-03-18) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Busy Buddies is the 78th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1944 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 operate the Jive Cafe and are enduring significant 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. They coincidentally find a "cow" (a bull) behind the fence. Curly is no match for the wild animal, and he is quickly booted over a fence twice, then 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 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. After the contest's champion throws all of the stooges off the stage, they are left helping each other leaving while being booed at by the audience because they were cheating.

Production notes[edit]

Busy Buddies was filmed on November 1-5, 1943.[1] The film title is a play on the term "busybodies."[2]

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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Busy Buddies at threestooges.net
  2. ^ 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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