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Stop! Look! and Laugh!

Stop! Look! and Laugh!(1960)

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When Jerry Mahoney, "son" of ventriloquist Paul Winchell, balks at going to school because he is unprepared for a history test, Paul recites a brief history of the world: As civilization develops, chimpanzees evolve into man. The ingenuity of man is illustrated when riveters Moe, Larry and Curly plummet off a building on which they are working and are saved by a opening a parachute they have wisely donned. After sending Jerry off to school, Paul has to contend with Jerry's pal, Knucklehead Smiff, who lives with them. Knucklehead is also reluctant to go to school because he feels stupid. As a tonic, Paul relates the story of gas station attendants Moe, Larry and Curly, who light a match to check if an automobile's gas tank is filled. After Knucklehead leaves for school, Paul recalls Jerry as a baby, then phones to inquire about the repair of his car. At the garage, mechanics Moe, Larry and Curly hastily shovel the disassembled parts of Paul's engine back into the car. Upon seeing this, the owner of the garage tells Paul that his car is "finished," but not ready. When Jerry comes home for lunch and complains that his afternoon class is about Mexico, Paul tells him the story of bullfighter Curly: Curly's friends, Moe and Larry, dress up like a bull, but when the real bull enters the ring and charges Curly, Curly becomes angry and butts heads with the beast, knocking him unconscious. Still reluctant to return to school, Jerry dabs jam on his face and claims that he has chickenpox, but Paul discovers the ruse when he douses Jerry with a cold compress, wiping away the spots. When Jerry asks to view his favorite television show, Paul switches on the set and they watch as Moe, Larry and Curly feed bullets into a meat grinder, creating a homemade machine gun with which to rout their pursuers. Later, Paul discovers a broken faucet and calls plumbers Moe, Larry and Curly, who are busy reconnecting the pipes in a client's house. Once they are finished, the stove and electrical fixtures begin to spout water. That night, when Paul puts Knucklehead to bed, Knucklehead asks for a bedtime story and Paul tells him the story of Cinderella, reenacted by chimpanzees. Later, as Paul and Jerry are sleeping, they are awakened by an elegant party next door attended by Moe, Larry and Curly that has erupted into a pie fight. When Paul knocks at the door to complain, he is hit in the face with a pie.