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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 »

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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 <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Mad buffoons in a barrage of laughs!

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27 December 1940 (USA)  »

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All This and Bullets, Too  »

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After the US Congress passed the Selective Training and Service Act on September 16, 1940, comedies about military life became popular; "Boobs in Arms" was the earliest of its kind. See more »

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Curly: [laughing] I think we're captured!
Moe: [laughing] They'll probably shoot us!
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Edited into Dizzy Pilots (1943) See more »

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Richard Fiske died in World War II
16 September 2005 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

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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