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 »
The stooge's friend Jerry convinces them to take out on insurance on Curly and then have him act insane to collect. Moe and Larry put Curly on a leash and take him to the insurance doctor ... See full summary »
A follow up to "You Nazty Spy", the stooges have taken over the country of Moronica. Moe is Hailstone the Dictator, Curly is a Field Marshal and Larry is Minister of Propaganda. The stooges... See full summary »
To escape the police, the stooges pose as plumbers and are hired to fix a leak in a fancy mansion. They wind up crossing the electrical system with the plumbing and generally ruin the place... 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 tree surgeons who are enlisted by a rich old man to find a mate for his rare puckerless persimmon tree. The boys sail to the tropical island of Rhum-Boogie to find the tree.... See full summary »
The stooges are repairmen who get a job fixing the doorbell in large house which is the secret headquarters of some Nazi spies. They manage to ruin most of the house while working on the ... See full summary »
The stooges are artists living in Paris. When the landlord comes after the overdue rent, the boys skip out and wind up joining the French Foreign Legion. Posted to the desert, their ... See full summary »
Set in a desert land where the stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded ... 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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