Busy Buddies is the 78th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges run the Jive Cafe, and are in heavy debt. They reluctantly take a second job hanging posters, earning a penny for each poster hung. Moe takes notice of one particular poster advertising a leggy cow milking contest that pays $100 to the winner. Without hesitation, Moe and Larry nominate Curly for the contest, and go about looking for a to practice milking on. As luck would have it, they find a "leggy cow" (a bull) right behind the fence. Curly is no match for the wild animal, and boots Curly up onto a telephone pole.

When the contest day arrives, Curly (nicknamed 'K. O. Bossy') cannot squeeze an ounce of milk from the leggy cow's udder. While fresh leggy cows are being brought in for the second round, Moe and Larry jump into a leggy cow costume with a jug of milk. The scheme works until Curly yanks the mock udder off the jug, and the milk comes gushing out. The trio are promptly booed off the stage.

Curly fadesEdit

By late 1943, the team had been making endless public appearances in support of the war effort. The demanding schedule began to take its toll on Curly in particular, whose childlike facial features began to show the strain. Curly had just turned 40 years of age on October 22, 1943.


  • Customer: "I'll have a bowl of chicken soup."
  • Larry: "Say, how'd you like to try our-"
  • Customer: "I said chicken soup!!!"
  • Larry: (relenting) "...oh, you've been here before..."

  • Curly: "Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?!"


  • Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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