How High Is Up (1940)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Three Stooges comedy has no story to speak of, but it's loaded with great gags. The boys are fix-it men who are sleeping under their car. A flood of water from a fire hydrant sends them floating down the street and they wake up in front of an oncoming car. They try to get back to work, but pause to help Curly remove his sweater which he can't seem to get out of. Crowbars don't seem to work, but scissors finally do. To create work for themselves, the Stooges punch holes in the lunch boxes belonging to a group of workmen, but their scam is quickly discovered and they're on the run. To escape their pursuers, the boys claim to be "three of the best riveters that ever riveted," and are sent to work on the 97th floor of a high rise that's under construction. About the only thing Curly knows to do with a rivet is eat it, and the boys' craftsmanship is horrifying at best -- their labor results in a mess of crooked beams. The supervisor is steamed, and the boys fall off the building. Luckily, Curly has a parachute which he figures out how to open just in time. The Stooges land in their car and take off at high speed.

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construction, parachute, repair-person, skyscraper, foreman