Production Information
Booby Dupes
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 84
Release Date: March 17, 1945
Running Time: 17:02

“Hey, Harry James.” “Aww, I’m not that good.” “You said it!” (whap!)
(Moe & Larry)

Booby Dupes Short Take

The Stooges are fish peddlers (similar to their roles in Cookoo Cavaliers) who decide to cut out the middleman by catching the fish themselves. They then go about purchasing fishermen uniforms and a boat. While searching for their wardrobe, Curly manages to swipe a navy captain’s uniform from the same guy (Vernon Dent) whose girl (Rebel Randall) Curly decides to overly flirt with.

After the debacle with the lady, the gents reconvene, and go about trading in their car and raising an additional $300 for a propeller boat that ends up being a “lemon.” No sooner are the Stooges on the ocean when their boat starts to sink. They climb aboard their spare dinghy and signal some passing planes for help. Unfortunately, they signal using a white rag with a large red paint-splatter in the center, making it resemble the flag of Japan. The planes overhead turn out to be bombers who believe the Stooges are Japanese marines, and promptly bomb the trio. Amidst the bombing, Moe creates a makeshift motor out of a rotor and Curly’s Victrola, and the trio make a mad dash out of there.

Directed byDel Lord
Produced byHugh McCollum
Del Lord
Written byDel Lord
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Vernon Dent
Rebel Randall
Snub Pollard
John Tyrrell
Dorothy Vernon
CinematographyGlen Gano
Edited byHenry Batista

Booby Dupes Trivia

  • The gag of a victrola acting as a car radio appeared in the duo’s 1932 film Busy Buddies.
  • The title is a play on the line “boop-oop-a-doop” from the song “I Wanna Be Loved by You,” made famous by singer Helen Kane and by the Fleischer Studios cartoon character Betty Boop.
  • This is one of a few shorts in which one of The Boys call themselves “The Stooges”, screamed by Moe as the bomber tries to sink their boat.
  • During World War II, The Stooges released a handful of comedies that engaged in propaganda against the then-enemy Japanese, including Spook LouderNo Dough BoysBooby Dupes and The Yoke’s on Me.
  • Curly Howard‘s mannerisms and reactions had been starting to slow down. In Booby Dupes, his condition varies; he is in top form at the beginning and end of the film but appears somewhat sluggish during the middle sequence involving his stealing navy Capt. Vernon Dent’s uniform and flirting with girlfriend Rebel Randall.
  • The final short to feature the Columbia “torch lady” in the opening credits.

Production Notes