Calling All Curs

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Calling All Curs
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Thea Goodman
Searle Kramer
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Lynton Brent
Cy Schindell
Isabelle LaMal
Beatrice Curtis
Libby Taylor
Edited by Charles Nelson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 25, 1939 (1939-08-25) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Calling All Curs is the 41st 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 skilled veterinarians at a pet hospital who are the proud surgeons of Garçon, a prized poodle of socialite Mrs. Bedford (Isabelle LaMal). They successfully remove a thorn from his paw. Dognappers posing as reporters (Lynton Brent, Cy Schindell) dognap Garçon.

Before the kidnapping crime is discovered, the trio attempts to enjoy a dinner of bones and dog biscuits at a long table with all the other dogs who are patients at the hospital. It's during the meal that a nurse discovers Garçon is missing. The boys frantically try to trick Mrs. Bedford by disguising a mutt as Garçon. However, when Mrs. Bedford's maid (Libby Taylor), who is frightened of dogs, accidentally vacuums a clump of glued-on fur off the mutt's shaggy coat, Mrs. Bedford threatens to throw the Stooges in jail. Desperate, the trio use the mutt as a bloodhound to track down the crooks. When they discover the enemies' hideout, a big fight ensues. Larry and Moe get knocked out, but then Curly defeats both crooks. The boys hear Garçon quietly barking from inside a closet, only to discover that the prized poodle has had a litter of pups.

Production notes[edit]

Filmed on December 27-30, 1938,[2] the title Calling All Curs is a pun on the phrase "Calling all cars!"[1] A colorized version of this film was released in 2006 as part of the DVD collection entitled "Stooges on the Run."[3]

This marks one of the few times the Stooges have respectable, professional careers as opposed to working as blue-collar laborers.[1]

This was one of Curly Howard's favorite Stooge films as he was a well-known dog lover.[1]


  • Moe (to the Garçon in disguise): "Listen, bloodhound! If you got any 'blood' in you, you'd better start pointing and point out those dognappers! Get the point?!"
  • Curly: "Hmmm, n'yuk, n'yuk n'yuk. He must be a Pointsetter." (referring to the Poinsettia flower)
  • Moe: "Quiet, you hot air-dale!" (referring to an Airedale Terrier and making a pun on the phrase "hot air" as in "empty talk intended to impress")[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 105; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4
  2. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 70. ISBN 9781595800701. 
  3. ^ Stooges on the Run

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