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You Nazty Spy!
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Director:
Writers:
Felix Adler (story)
Clyde Bruckman (story)
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Release Date:
19 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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Columbia's comedy scoop of the year!
Plot:
In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Classic Satire See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly Gallstone (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry Pebble (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe Hailstone (as Moe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Beddoe ... Mr. Amscray (uncredited)
Chuck Callahan ... Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Mr. Ohnay (uncredited)
Florine Dickson ... Miss Pfiffernuss (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Richard Fiske ... Mr. Ixnay (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Lead Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Lorna Gray ... Mattie Herring (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Vance Rippemup (uncredited)
Joe Murphy ... Peasant (uncredited)
John Rand ... Grey-haired Axis Minister (uncredited)
'Little Billy' Rhodes ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Slim Summerville ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Axis Minister (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Mr. Bones / Train Conductor (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Felix Adler  story and screenplay (as Felix Alder)
Clyde Bruckman  story and screenplay

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Harry Davis 
 
Film Editing by
Art Seid  (as Arthur Seid)
 
Music Department
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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18 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The Three Stooges, who were all Ashkenazi Jews, occasionally worked a word or phrase of Yiddish into their dialogue. In particular here, they make several overt Jewish and Yiddish cultural references: The exclamation "Beblach!" used several times in the film is a Yiddish word meaning "beans". "Shalom Aleichem!", literally "Peace unto you" is a standard greeting in Yiddish meaning "hello, pleased to meet you". "Moe: We'll start a 'Blintzkrieg' (Blitzkrieg). Curly: I just love blintzes especially with sour krieg." This is a reference to the Ashkenazi Jewish dish blintzes with sour cream. In Moe's imitation of a Hitler speech, he says "in pupik gehabt haben" (the semi-obscene "I've had it in the bellybutton" in Yiddish). These references to the Nazi leadership and Hitler speaking Yiddish were particularly ironic inside jokes for the Yiddish-speaking Jewish audience.See more »
Quotes:
Guard:I caught this man walking down the street with a chicken
Curly Gallstone, Field Marshal:Blonde or brunette?
Moe:[to Curly] Quiet.
[to Man]
Moe:Where'd you get the chicken?
Man:From an egg.
Larry:Where'd you get the egg?
Man:From a chicken.
Curly Gallstone, Field Marshal:Ah, a vicious cycle. We must kill it. Remind me to kill a cycle.
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References The Boys from Syracuse (1940)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Satire, 28 October 2002
Author: Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California

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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