Beer Barrel Polecats is quite off. The riotous yeast gag is the high point, but it sort of loses its way in the second half with the Goodbye, Mr. Chumps footage that never quite meshes with the beermaking plot, and Eddie Laughton either couldn't or wouldn't come in to film a new scene at the end. That maybe would have better tied the thing together.
Three Loan Wolves, another short from the ailing Curly era, also leaves a sour taste. Larry makes a game effort, but can't quite pull off jokes that were obviously scripted with a frentic Curly in mind. And the kid just up and walks away from his three "dads", who raised him, to go look for his mom (well, actually, his aunt, if I recall right), who was little more than some two-bit gun moll who abandoned him as a baby. Ungrateful little turd, wasn't he?
Joe Besser was actually a stand-up guy. He realized his limits and spoke warmly of the team, whic hhe called "Besser and the Stooges". That bioepic they did a while back made him out to be more like a petulent, arrogant horse's ass.