Idiots Deluxe (1945)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |  
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The Three Stooges co-star with a bear for much of this short. It begins in a courtroom where Moe is on trial for assaulting Curly and Larry (one wonders why this premise didn't occur earlier to any of the Columbia shorts writers). "I'm a sick man," Moe insists, and he tells his story -- his nerves are shot and he has been on any number of medications and elixirs in an attempt to calm them. Unfortunately, he's living with Larry and Curly, who are "The Original Two-Man Quartet," and their rehearsals are nothing less than jarring. After Moe wraps the slide to the trombone around Curly's neck, they all decide to find peace and quiet by going hunting in the forest. According to Larry, they've found the perfect spot -- there's a sign that says it's "fine for hunting." But their attempts to commune with nature mostly involve just one bear, who eats the food off their table when Moe's not looking, and then scares the bejeezus out of all of them. When they jump in their car to escape the beast, it's in the back seat. Everyone bails from the car, except the bear, who takes about 50 yards to wreck it. Back in the courtroom, Moe has finished this sorry tale and the sympathetic judge lets him off. Moe is given back "Exhibit A" -- his ax -- and he chases Larry and Curly out of the courtroom with it.

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axe, bear, courtroom, forest, musician