The stooges are greeting card salesmen who are mistakenly inducted into the army after escaping from the jealous husband of one of their customers. In bootcamp their sergeant turns out to ... See full summary »
Set in WW II, the stooges are the only survivors of an American ship sunk by an enemy torpedo. Adrift on a raft, they come upon a German battleship and by various means, such as Moe ... See full summary »
The stooges are convicts about to be executed for some murders they didn't commit. The day before the execution they are tricked into marrying three rich girls who need husbands to collect ... See full summary »
The stooges arrive in Hollywood hoping to make it in the movie business ("There must be a couple a hundred guys in Hollywood who don't know anything about making movies, three more ain't ... See full summary »
The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the ... See full summary »
The stooges are defense workers who have trouble getting to sleep when Curly gets a toothache. Moe and Larry try various ways to remove the offending tooth, but nothing works so they take ... See full summary »
The stooges get jobs as census takers and wind up in a fancy mansion looking for people to survey. Moe and Larry are recruited to join a bridge game, while Curly adds Alum to the lemonade. ... See full summary »
The stooges are living with their mother who persuades them its time to leave home and seek their fortune. After a con man sells them a phony deed to a lost gold mine, the boys head west to... See full summary »
Rejected by the armed services, the stooges decide to "do their bit" by becoming farmers. After paying $1000 and throwing in their car, the boys are owners of a run down farm, which lacks ... See full summary »
The stooges are dressed as Japanese soldiers for their job as magazine models. On their lunch break they go into a restaurant with their Japanese uniforms on causing the proprietor to ... See full summary »
The stooges are the 'Minute Menders', three tinkers who live under their car. The boys decide to drum up some business by punching holes in the unattended lunch boxes of some workmen. When ... See full summary »
The stooges are three fish peddlers who, looking for a new business opportunity, open a beauty salon south of the border. Their first customers are some chorus girls from a local night club... See full summary »
The stooges are greeting card salesmen who are mistakenly inducted into the army after escaping from the jealous husband of one of their customers. In bootcamp their sergeant turns out to be the same man, whom they constantly vex and bewilder. When the boys are sent to the front lines and the sergeant is captured they must rescue him, which they do after doping themselves with laughing gas. At the end they get shot off into the sunset on a cannon shell. Written by
Mitch Shapiro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It is certainly ironic and kind of sad to know that Richard Fiske ("Why does everything happen to me?") was Killed In Action in Le Croix, France during World War II. Fiske had lots of movie credits and I imagine he probably earned a good income at that time. But back in those days, actors, singers, and other celebrities actively participated in World War II and sacrificed their lives for the U.S. Constition and Democracy.
Fiske was excellent in this short film as the guy that the Stooges keep foiling. At the beginning of the movie they run into him on the street and knock him down. Later they are sweet-talking his wife when he walks in on them. Finally, they join the Army and he is their Drill Instructor. Unlike another (more violent) Stooge short which ended with the Stooges getting shot by a firing squad, this one ends with the Stooges getting bombed. It seems like there was an anti-war message somewhere in this short, but the antics make it hard to stop laughing long enough to think about it.
One of the more ironic moments is when the Stooges comment on "Friendly Fire" and say "our own troops are bombing us" and Larry says "We'll get killed." I don't know if the Stooges were aware of how Friendly Fire was a major cause of casualties back in those days (before computers, electronic communications, satellites) when artillery fire was done by guessing and estimating.
It is interesting to see these old short films and to wonder if the sarcastic remarks that are often made were an over-looked social critique that was going on here. The Stooges are never given enough credit for their sophistication, and their writers have never gotten any credit either. How about the sign on Curly's uniform? "O'Brien's Kosher Restaurant" and was that a comment on the commercialization of war? Could so many sarcastic remarks and gags be anything less than social commentary? Why does Charlie Chaplin get so much credit (talk about over-rated) while the Three Stooges are never given any credit for the same thing? Last note, Philip Van Zandt committed suicide in 1958. Another Stooge extra that took his own life.
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