GenreComedy, Short Written byGilbert Pratt CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 10, 1946 (U.S.) WriterGilbert Pratt (story), Gilbert Pratt (screenplay) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Black-and-white CastCurly Howard (Curly), Robert Williams (Guard #1), Vernon Dent (Warden) Three Stooges Films moviesBeer Barrel Polecats and A Bird in the Head are part of the same movie series, Beer Barrel Polecats and Pop Goes the Easel are part of the same movie series, Beer Barrel Polecats and So Long Mr Chumps are part of the same movie series, Beer Barrel Polecats and Restless Knights are part of the same movie series, Beer Barrel Polecats and Punch Drunks are part of the same movie series
Beer Barrel Polecats is the 88th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1946 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.
Unable to purchase a bottle of beer due to Prohibition, the Stooges opt to brew some of the stuff themselves. The recipe that they use calls for three small cubes of yeast. A mix-up with the telephone causes each Stooge to think he is the one to put in the yeast. Nine cubes end up in the tub being used to make the beer. The yeast continuously expands causing them to pour the beer into every container they can find, until Curly brings in the bath tub. They successfully bottle their brew only to leave the bottles too close to an open flame. Many of the bottles explode sending corks and suds all over the kitchen.
Unfortunately, Curly ends up selling a bottle at the black market price to a detective, landing the trio in jail. They were due to serve a short amount of time, but Curly tries to smuggle a barrel of beer in jail under his overcoat. The barrel explodes under the heat of lights while the trio has their mugshots taken.
While in prison, the Stooges begin to plot their escape, and end up destroying the saws being used to whittle down the iron bars in their cell. A few days later, the Stooges have a run-in with a fellow convict (Joe Palma), leading them to knock the warden (Vernon Dent) out cold, and landing them on the rock pile. While hammering away, the boys stumble on an old friend also in the clink, Percy Pomeroy (Eddie Laughton), and work together to flee the prison. They are ultimately captured, and sent to solitary confinement.
After nearly half a century later, the graying trio are finally released as senior citizens, in which Curly quips upon leaving "You know what I'm-a gonna do? I'm gonna get myself a tall, big, beautiful bottle of beer!" Moe and Larry become irate and throw Curly back into the jail, leaving him there.