The Three Stooges : Oils Well That Ends Well (1958)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

About the best thing that can be said about this Joe Besser-era Three Stooges comedy is that it's not an exact remake of the boys' 1939 film Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise, a classic short which featured Curly Howard. Plus, it doesn't rely on recycled footage -- an unfortunate quality of many latter-day Three Stooges pictures. Once again, the Stooges have lost their jobs. Now their dad needs an operation, and he suggests that they search for uranium on his mining property. Joe, like Curly before him, has the uncanny ability to manifest anything he wishes for, from a cigar to milk (which shows up in the form of a cow). The boys locate the uranium, but run afoul of a load of dynamite (Joe accidentally sits on the detonator). Then, when they're trying to fix the water pump, it starts gushing oil. Joe tries to cork it by sitting on it, but he's sent flying into the air. When he wishes it would stop, it does, much to Moe and Larry's dismay. But he also gets it started again. This poor entry was one of the boys' final shorts for Columbia -- after the Stooges made two more pictures, the company's shorts department would be abruptly closed down.



con/scam, friendship, homestead, unemployment, widow/widower