The Three Stooges : I Can Hardly Wait (1943)

Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

From the references to "Japs" and rations, it's clear that this is one of the Three Stooges shorts filmed during World War II. The boys are defense workers who build airplanes. They've finished for the day and are frying up some ham and eggs, to be divided evenly. Curly complains about his portion, but Moe points out that while he and Larry have only half the eggs and half the ham each, Curly has a whole eggshell and a whole bone. This satisfies him until he cracks a tooth on the bone, which gives him a toothache that won't go away. Even after the boys go to bed -- in a three-tier bunk -- Curly is moaning and complaining, which keeps the other two awake. Moe and Larry try various means to get the tooth out, including a fishing line, and tying the tooth to a door knob (it pulls the knob out from the door). Nothing works so the next day the boys go to Y. Tug and A. Yank dentists. There's a mix up at the office, and while Larry is trying to make time with the receptionist, Moe winds up the dentists chair, knocked out and having his tooth pulled instead of Curly. When he comes to, he's steaming mad and as he starts to let Curly have it, Curly wakes up in his own bed -- it was all a dream. But the ordeal isn't finished -- he crashes through his spot on the top bunk down to Moe on the bottom. Moe slugs him, neatly knocking out the tooth, and the boys go back to sleep.