Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise is the 42nd 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 another parody of the Benjamin Franklin's "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." (A previous short was called Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb.)
The shot of Curly riding the oil gusher up into the sky would be reused in Oil's Well That Ends Well.
Once again, the Stooges are three hapless tramps. After nearly destroying a farmer's (Richard Fiske) pile of firewood, the boys come to the assistance of the Widow Jenkins (Eva McKenzie), who has just been cheated out of her land by a trio of swindlers (Dick Curtis, Eddie Laughton, James Craig). Attempting to fix the woman's well, the Stooges instead unleash an oil geyser. They manage to retrieve the deed to the land and are allowed to marry the now wealthy Widow Jenkins' daughters. Moe tells Curly to wish for quintuplets, and Curly replies, "We'll honeymoon in Canada!" (a reference to the Dionne quintuplets).
Moe Howard recalled in his autobiography that he received a glob of goo (representing oil) directly under his eyelids during shooting:
- "I remember once when the prop man concocted a smorgasbord of gook: chocolate, whipped cream, asbestos chips, linseed oil, ketchup, and other unknown goodies. Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise...was—what else—an oil well picture. The plot had us in one scene trying to repair a water pump. After many attempts, I took a screwdriver, knelt down, peered into the mouth of the pump, and jiggled the screwdriver inside of it. Gazing up the opening, I jiggled again and then looked up a third time. Suddenly, a blob of assorted gunk got me right in eye...and...it took hours to clean me up for the next scene."
Moe would have a similar accident while filming 1946's The Three Troubledoers, when chunks of black soot became lodged under his eyelids.