Calling All Curs is the 41st short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges, first released on August 25, 1939. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are skilled veterinarians at a pet hospital who are the proud surgeons of Garçon, a prized poodle of socialite Mrs. Bedford (Isabelle LaMal). When dognappers posing as reporters (Lynton Brent, Cy Schindell) dognap the poodle, the boys frantically try to trick Mrs. Bedford by disguising a mutt as Garçon. However, when Mrs. Bedford's maid (Libby Taylor), who is frightened of dogs, accidentally vacuums a clump of glued-on fur off the mutt's shaggy coat, Mrs. Bedford threatens to throw the Stooges in jail. Desperate, the trio use the mutt as a bloodhound to track down the crooks. When they discover the enemies' hideout, a big fight ensues. Larry and Moe get knocked out, but then Curly defeats both crooks. The boys hear Garçon quietly barking from inside a closet, only to discover that the prized poodle has had a litter of pups.


  • Moe (to the Garçon in disguise): "Listen, bloodhound! If you got any 'blood' in you, you'd better start pointing and point out those dognappers! Get the point?!"
  • Curly: "Hmmm, n'yuk, n'yuk n'yuk. He must be a Pointsetter." (referring to the poinsettia flower)
  • Moe: "Quiet, you hot air-dale!" (referring to an Airedale Terrier and making a pun on the phrase "hot air" as in "empty talk intended to impress")


  • The title Calling All Curs is a pun on the phrase "Calling all cars!"
  • A colorized version of this film was released in 2006. It was part of the DVD collection entitled "Stooges on the Run."
  • This marks one of the few times the Stooges have respectable, professional careers as opposed to working as blue-collar laborers (repairmen, plumbers, etc.)
  • This was one of Curly Howard's favorite shorts as he was a well-known dog lover.
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