This short has it all. The thought of the boys as riveters on a skyscraper unravels my faith in the Empire State Building's construction.
It all begins with the boys sleeping... under their car. They only awake when a policeman shakes them awake, AFTER a fire hydrant has burst, run water under their mattress, wash them down the street, and nearly get run over and killed by a dump truck. From here they resume their normal career as inferior tradesmen.
"Excuse me, did you have a pink bow tie?"
"You cut his ear off."
Only Curly can make a painstaking ordeal out of taking off a sweater. The scissors inflict incredible punishment, and crowbars bend on Curly's thickheadedness. Then Curly tries to fix a tire... with a piece of salami.
The sight gags of the Three Stooges take away from the more sophisticated verbal humor of this one.
Need money? Smash some lunch boxes while the people are watching and offer to repair them. Such levity, they act like the Three Stooges.
"Do you guys know how to rivet?"
"Three of the best riveters that ever riveted!"
Overall, a well-pieced short. It has the bare essentials: sight gags, jokes, and Curly falling off the 97th story.
"I wonder what my work weeks will be like when I'm thinking, "Oh joy, I get to discuss the back of Palma's head this weekend." That's in the distant future though, because right now, these shorts rule. By the way, next week will also mark the exact halfway point of the Curly era, so we're doing just fine. Thanks again to all you knuckleheads who are contributing."
I know! I wish we could do Shemp shorts at the same time and just save the Besser shorts for a good bashing.
My local network airs Stooge shorts every weekend alternating Curly and Shemp shorts. They ran out of Curly shorts, so they are doing Besser shorts now.