Production Information
From Nurse To Worse
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 49
Release Date: August 23, 1940
Running Time: 16:43

“This is my favorite dollar. I raised it from a cent!”

Short Take

The Three Stooges are painters who run into their old friend Jerry, an insurance salesman (Lynton Brent). He promises them that if they take out a policy on Curly proving that he has gone insane, they can collect $500 a month. Moe and Larry bring Curly on a leash to the office of Dr. D. Lerious (Vernon Dent). Curly’s pretending to be a hound is so over the top that the doctor declares that he must operate. The Stooges flee, and hide out in the back of a dog catcher’s truck, where they are soon infested with fleas. Dr. D. Lerious eventually catches up with The Stooges, and Curly is sent straight for the operating room. Eventually, the trio get away on a gurney, encounter Jerry again, and then give him the works.

From Nurse To Worse Cast & Crew

Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byClyde Bruckman
Charles L. Kimball
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Lynton Brent
Vernon Dent
Dudley Dickerson
Dorothy Appleby
Ned Glass
Cy Schindell
John Tyrrell
Al Thompson
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byMel Thorsen

From Nurse To Worse Trivia

  • This was the first Stooges short to utilize old footage – it features the traffic sequence from Dizzy Doctors
  • As noted, Jules White produced and directed this short. The song heard in the short – ‘I’m A Cowboy From The Western Plains’– was an original music composition by Jules White
  • This was one of the largest casts to appear in any short. Again, the only credited cast was Larry, Moe & Curly while the uncredited cast included many of the staples among the supporting players

Production Notes

Filming took place from May 15-18, 1940