From Nurse to Worse (1940 film)

From Nurse To Worse is the 49th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1940 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

From Nurse To Worse
Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byClyde Bruckman
Charles L. Kimball
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Lynton Brent
Vernon Dent
Dudley Dickerson
Dorothy Appleby
Ned Glass
Cy Schindell
John Tyrrell
Al Thompson
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byMel Thorsen
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 23, 1940 (1940-08-23) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States


The Stooges are painters who run into their old friend Jerry, an insurance salesman (Lynton Brent). He promises them that if they take out a policy on Curly proving that he has gone insane, they can collect $500 a month. Moe and Larry bring Curly on a leash to the office of Dr. D. Lerious (Vernon Dent). Curly's pretending to be a hound is so over the top that the doctor declares that he must operate. The Stooges flee, and hide out in the back of a dog catcher's truck, where they are soon infested with fleas. Dr. D. Lerious eventually catches up with the Stooges, and Curly is sent straight for the operating room. Eventually, the trio get away on a gurney, encounter Jerry again, and then give him the works.

Production notes

From Nurse to Worse was filmed on May 15–18, 1940.[1]

The footage of the Stooges sailing through the city streets was lifted from Dizzy Doctors.[2] The voice on the police scanner is Moe's.[2]


  1. Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 111. ISBN 9781595800701.
  2. Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. ISBN 0971186804.

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