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"Uncivil Warriors" is one of the funniest shorts that the 3 Stooges have ever done. Though "Men In Black" was nominated for an Oscar in the Short Subject category, this film could have been nominated as well in 1935. The Three Stooges displayed their greatest comedic energy between 1934 and 1937, and "Uncivil Warriors" is a gem among all of their films. The funniest scene is when the boys are masquerading as Confederate officers and Curly has to dress up as an officer's wife. But when the boys have to "produce" a child to keep up the masquerade and the child is black, that is hysterical. That was a joke that was very brave to do in 1935 - the same year that Southern theater owners didn't want their audiences to see a dance number between Shirley Temple and Bill "Bo Jangles" Robinson. Much respect goes to director Del Lord - for letting the Stooges go to the comedic edge of the universe. Also, much respect goes to actor Bud Jamison, one of the best straight men in comedy at that time. Had Jamison not passed away in 1944, he would have been very much a part of the Stooges legend. Now that television is editing all of the Stooges films for commercial time, it is better to get all of your favorite Stooges films on VHS or DVD.
The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have
loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I
love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly
Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great
actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In
My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is
the all time funniest comedy team!
This is a great Three Stooges short and it has become one of My favorites! Its hilarious! Great one from beginning to end! Bud Jamison as usual puts on a great performance! The cake eating scene, the questioning scene with Theodore Lorch, and the end scenes are very funny. This is a very good Three Stooges short!
Okey, okey! This is no "racial" short, but this is one of the gems of
the Stooges... indeed one of the funniest shorts ever made.
The Stooges are Yanks, who are on a mission to check on the South to see what they are up to. As usual their plans go astray. Moe manages to note down a couple of interesting facts about what the South is planning to do, only for Curly to unwittingly roll up the paper and use it for a cigarrette and ends up burning his face.
And here comes the highlight of this classic:
Moe comes up to Curly with that funny look on his face when he's angry with them. Curly explains: "I was burning up!" Moe: "Do you know what the paper was?" Curly: "Hot?" *SLAP*
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Without a doubt, "Uncivil Warriors" is one of the best shorts the Three
Stooges ever made, and it's one of my personal favorites. It's the
eighth Stooge short in a series of 190, and it's the second Stooge
short that was directed by the competent Del Lord. Probably more than
any other director during the Stooges' heyday, Lord helped to further
define the comic personalities of Moe, Larry, and Curly.
This entertaining Civil War comedy has some wonderful highlights (but do not read any further until after you see this picture). While preparing a cake, Curly accidentally spreads frosting on a torn potholder. The one close shot of Curly's hands applying frosting to the cake is brilliantly hilarious: Curly's voice is heard explaining about his getting "sick of the dough" and going "on the loaf." Then a slap is heard (presumably from Moe) and Curly lets out a yelp. Moments later, the Stooges predictably cough up feathers after they struggle to eat the cake (Moe remarks that the cake, called "Southern Comfort," tastes more like "Southern Comforter"). In their opening scene, the Stooges cause some ruckus when they scramble to answer their bugle call. By the same token, they cause more havoc at the film's closing when they get shot out of a cannon and land on their Union campsite. When Capt. Dodge (Moe) reveals an African-American infant as his own child, the sneering Major Filbert (Ted Lorch) remarks, "Looks like you, does he?" And finally, in order to dodge a Confederate soldier, the Stooges apply the familiar "Charlie, the fellow who walks like this" gag, which they did later in "From Nurse to Worse" (1940).
For Three Stooges fans everywhere, "Uncivil Warriors" is simply a gem not to be missed.
Another very funny short by the wonderful Three Stooges. The plot of
this episode takes place during the Civil War. Moe, Larry, and Curly
are three yankee soldiers, and their captain asks them to spy on the
Southern Rebels. When they get to the South, our typical stooges screw
around as usual. But they do get the information they need. They end up
meeting some very beautiful southern bells as well and have a wonderful
feathered cake. Of course they blow their cover, and you know the rest
of the story. This was a very funny episode. Despite not being my
favorite, as one three stooges fan to another, I would always recommend
The Three Stooges are Union spies sent to snoop on the activities of
the Confederates in this different short from their earliest period.
This gives them the opportunity to dress up in Civil War costumes,
which boosts the level of their shenanigans slightly. Good scenes
include them trying to outwit usual foil Bud Jamison, as well as a
classic routine that would be repeated many times as this series
continued: Curley helps bake a layer cake but mistakenly adds a torn
and discarded pot holder into the pan, causing feathers to be coughed
up later on while eating it.
*** out of ****
Uncivil Warriors (1935)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
The Three Stooges are fighting for the North in the Civil War but go undercover to spy on the South. This is a short that actually looks better than anything else. The period piece actually looks very realistic with the costumes but there are a few laughs as well. The highlight has to be the scene where the boys eat a cake, which just happens to make them cough up feathers.
Now available on Columbia's 2-disc set, which includes over 20 classic shorts, all digitally remastered.
Larry (Operator 12), Moe (Operator 14), and Curly (Operator 15) are
given a secret mission behind the southern lines during the US Civil
War. They are given the captured identities of Lieutenant Duck (Larry),
Captain Dodge (Moe), and Major Hyde (Curley).
This has all the great Three Stooges slapstick. It has a bit of drama but it's mostly Stooges stupidity in the funniest sense. The feathers in the cake are a charming touch. The version I saw ends with the guys fired from the cannon and landing on the northern general. I guess there is another scene cut for reason of taste. It's a bit abrupt but the 20 min short still works.
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AS A RULE OF thumb, the earlier a Stooges' Comedy, the better. This has
never been more evident than with UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1934). Being the
8th 2 reeler that the Stooges made for Columbia, it was among the
oldest, ergo, the best of their long career.
THE AMAZING THING, to us anyway, about this entry is how real both the Union and Confederate soldiers appear. In till photos, they would appear to be actual Civil War photographs by, say Matthew Brady. "Officers" James C. Morton, Bud Jamison, Theodore Lorch and Marvin Lobach all look the part of the real thing. (See what a little grease paint and artificial facial hair can do!)
AND THE UNIFORMS were accurate and convincing, too!
THE SEVENTEEN MINUTES of the short roll by in a seeming flash; owing to a rich assortment of clever, relevant gags; such as 'Operators 12, 14 and 15!', 'Duck, Dodge, Hyde' and 'Charley walks like this!'
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, WHICH of course, was an unknown commodity in the 1930's, is in evidence. In the scenes in which Colonel 'Bloodhound' Filbert (Theodore Lorch) interrogates the Stooges, demanding to see Moe's little Son; he is presented with an infant; who just happens to be a Black child. This scene has been deleted in some of the prints which we've seen.
WE WOULD CERTAINLY give this a top shelf rating. As an example of a Stooges' outing, it's strictly Bon Ton!
I know that if I had a sensitive mission involving obtaining some enemy
secrets at wartime, I'd entrust that mission to none other than the
team of Howard, Howard, and Fine to get the job done. It's agreed
they're the best men for the job.
That's what the Three Stooges have to do in Uncivil Warriors, get some battle plans from the Confederate headquarters which is in an old plantation house. Of course Moe, Larry, and Curly especially Curly aren't exactly housebroken yet to mix in that society.
Funniest scene is them eating a cake where feathers have been stuffed into the batter mix. Seeing these three coughing up enough feathers for an indoor blizzard will really tickle the old funny bone.
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