‘Grips, Grunts and Groans’ (1937) is the 20th short comedy made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Friday, October 30th through Thursday, November 5th, 1936 and was released on Friday, January 15th 1937 (the 15th day in the Gregorian calendar). This is a deeply unsettling , very funny and more violent than usual Curly outing with one of the best climaxes of any Stooge short. It recycles the oft-used storyline of Curly being driven mad by a smell which provokes extreme violence and fearlessness in him– ‘Punch Drunks’, ‘Horses Collars’ and ‘Tassles In The Air’ all make use of this device as well. The concept of the Stooges meeting a Curly-lookalike wrestler is strange to begin with and things get weirder as the wrestling match gets caught in something of a draw as Curly uses a lady’s pin to continually stab his opponent into submission. At 3:38 the character Kid Pinky is played by real life boxer Tony Chavez. He was a pro lightweight boxer between 1930-1948 who had 155 bouts, winning 77 fights, 23 by knockout; losing 46 and getting knocked out in 8; and fought to a draw in 32 fights. Bet you didn’t know that, did you?


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