Calling All Curs

Calling All Curs is the forty-first Columbia Pictures short subject made by the Three Stooges.


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 the 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, Curly defeats them in a fight. The boys hear Garçon quietly barking from inside a closet, only to discover that the prized poodle has had a litter of pups.



  • Filmed on December 27–30, 1938, the title Calling All Curs is a pun on the phrase "Calling all cars!"
  • Calling All Curs is one of the colorized films that was released in 2006 as part of the DVD collection entitled "Stooges on the Run."
  • This short film marks one of the few times the Stooges have respectable, professional careers as opposed to working as blue-collar laborers.
  • This was one of Curly Howard's favorite shorts as he was a well known to be a dog lover.


  • 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")
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