In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king, they decide to make Moe the new ruler as he'll be stupid... See full summary »

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In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king, they decide to make Moe the new ruler as he'll be stupid enough to follow their orders. Moe becomes Dictator, Curly is a Field Marshal and Larry becomes Minister of propaganda. After successfully preventing a female spy from committing mayhem, the boys are run out of office by a mob and eaten by lions. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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19 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Oh, You Nazty Spy!  »

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Curly "Gallstone"'s red book of women's addresses and phone numbers has the rather overt sexual references "Ruby Clutch", "oh, oh oh! G" (bra size) and the unread "Tessie oomph 2 69" which were ignored by the censors. This was a key dig at the attempt to censor The Great Dictator (1940) then in production by Charles Chaplin (Curly was also noted in his personal life for being a womanizer). See more »

Goofs

Co-writer Felix Adler's name is misspelled as "Alder" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Moe: What do you mean by reading a book? Suppose you learn something. Loyal Moronikans shouldn't read. Take your troops out and have them burn every book in Moronika.
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Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle. See more »

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Edited into The Three Stooges Follies (1974) See more »

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A Classic Satire
28 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This short just proves that the Stooges were not just slapstick masters, but that they were great social satirists. The boys were ahead of the curve by making a blatent parody of how Hitler came to power. The thing that made it more ironic was the fact that Moe, a Jew, plays a perfect Hitler characature and pulls it off convincingly. If you want to see some more of Moe's dead on imitation of Schikelgruber, just look at "They Stooge to Conga" and "I'll Never Heil Again" (the sequel to this short).


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