Booby Dupes is the 84th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
Its title is a play on the line "boop-oop-a-doop" from the song "I Wanna Be Loved by You," made famous by singer Helen Kane and by the Fleischer Studios cartoon character Betty Boop.
The Stooges are fish peddlers (similar to their roles in Cookoo Cavaliers) who decide to cut out the middleman by catching the fish themselves. They then go about purchasing fishermen uniforms and a boat. While searching for their wardrobe, Curly manages to swipe a navy captain's uniform from the same guy (Vernon Dent) whose girl (Rebel Randall) Curly decides to overly flirt with.
After the debacle with the lady, the gents reconvene, and go about trading in their car and raising an additional $300 for a row boat that ends up being a "lemon." No sooner are the Stooges on the ocean when their boat starts to sink. They climb aboard their spare dinghy, and signal some passing planes for help. Unfortunately, they signal using a white rag with a large red paint-splatter in the center, making it resemble the flag of Japan. The planes overhead turn out to be bombers who believe the Stooges are Japanese marines, and promptly bomb the trio. Amidst the bombing, Moe creates a makeshift motor out of a rotor and Curly's Victrola, and the trio make a mad dash out of there.
Curly Howard's mannerisms and reactions had been starting to slow down. He was only a few short weeks away from suffering a minor stroke, one that would hamper his remaining time with the Stooges. Though Curly's mannerisms and timing are still sharp in this short, his falsetto voice sounds hoarse at times.
During World War II, the Stooges made a few comedies that engaged in propaganda against on the then-enemy Japanese, including Spook Louder, No Dough Boys, Booby Dupes and The Yoke's on Me, which no longer reflect America's official relationship with Japan.
Booby Dupes is a remake of the 1932 Laurel and Hardy short film Towed in a Hole, the one variance being that the duo never make it to the water. In addition, the gag of a Victrola acting as a car radio appeared in the duo's 1932 film Busy Bodies.
- Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 259. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4.