'Punch Drunks' is the second 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.
The script for "Punch Drunks" was written by the Stooges themselves, their only on-screen writing credit for the Columbia shorts—as Jerry Howard, Larry Fine, and Moe Howard. According to Moe, the initial treatment of the script was originated by Moe; on its strength, the studio decided to produce the Stooges' next film sooner than scheduled.
In 2002, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."