Grips, Grunts and Groans (1937)
Director: Jack White
Writer: Clyde Bruckman from a story by Searle Kramer, Herman Boxer
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
The boys become friends with Ivan Bustoff, a professional wrestling champion. Bustoff has a match that evening, but spends the day drinking/carousing with our guys. A local mobster has placed a big bet on Bustoff and if he’s unable to wrestle or loses, it’ll be the death of the Stooges. So when Bustoff is unable to compete, Larry and Moe disguise Curly as the champ. What could go wrong?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
In Grips, Grunts and Groans when Curly smells Wild Hyacinth perfume, it makes him go crazy. (Much like in Horses’ Collars when the sight of a mouse sets him off.) They could have made more shorts just of our guys going out drinking with Bustoff – think of the misadventures they could have had!
Grips, Grunts and Groans earns 5 of 5 stars.