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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Filmed in 1939, not released until 1940. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Moe: Moronica must expand! We shall lend our neighbors a helping hand, we shall lend them two helping hands... and help ourselves to our neighbors!
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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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References The Boys from Syracuse (1940) See more »

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Three Stooges Go To War
1 September 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

At a time in Hollywood when the movie colony was hesitant still to critique Nazi Germany even obliquely, three comedians of Jewish ancestry did a wonderful job in sending up the whole Nazi gang for a few belly laughs.

This Three Stooges short You Nazty Spy anticipated Charlie Chaplin's more famous The Great Dictator by several months. Chaplin might have gotten a few ideas from the boys, but their film was strictly slapstick without any serious message underpinning the short.

Moe makes one great Hitler and Larry and Curly aid and abet as the field marshal and propaganda minister. They do come to an end that I really wish that Hitler, Goering, and Goebbels had come.


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