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Muscle Up a Little Closer is the one-hundred-seventy-sixth Columbia Pictures short subject starring the Three Stooges.


Moe, Larry, and Joe are about to propose marriage to their sweethearts. But later, the boys discover that Joe's fiancée's ring has been stolen. The Stooges suspect it is Elmo, a muscular bully who works at their plant. The Stooges come face to face with him in the company gym, but when they try to make him give the ring back by physical force, the plan backfires and Moe and Larry are knocked senseless. But Joe's girl (Maxine Gates) is tougher and knocks out Elmo. She retrieves the ring and she can now marry Joe.


  • This is the longest Three Stooges short to feature Joe Besser.
  • The opening music was differenct as make set in early 1950s, the music was also re-used to followed film was A Merry Mix Up.