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You Nazty Spy!
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Felix Adler (story)
Clyde Bruckman (story)
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Release Date:
19 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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  (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)
Crew believed to be complete

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18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Was the first Hollywood film to spoof Adolf Hitler, released nine months before Charles Chaplin's more famous The Great Dictator (1940).See more »
Larry Pebble, Minister of Propanganda:We will now pause for station identification.
Curly Gallstone, Field Marshal:This is N-U-T-S.
Larry Pebble, Minister of Propanganda:When you hear the conk on the dome, it will be exactly 3 o'clock.
[whacks Curly on the head]
Larry Pebble, Minister of Propanganda:3 o'clock Bolonia watch time.
Curly Gallstone, Field Marshal:3 o'clock Bolonia watch time.
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Followed by I'll Never Heil Again (1941)See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It sucked, but at least I did not break anything, 4 July 2014
Author: jmusacha from Miami, Florida

I saw You Nazty Spy (1940) at a friend's house on DVD from a Three Stooges box set he owns. The work runs for a little under eighteen minutes. The story concerns a coterie of old capitalist-industrialists from an advanced European monarchist state who depose the King and install a puppet dictator (played by Moe Howard) to rule the country for the benefit of said industrialists. The figurehead dictator chosen (Howard) was a wallpaper hanger that had been working for the industrialists. (This is most likely a humorless reference to the urban legend that Hitler had worked as a "house painter". This was not true, as Hitler was a painter/artist, not a house painter.)

After having not only viewed the picture itself, but also familiarizing myself with the relevant historical literature concerning the political situation in Germany, and also having read several articles about this film, I find it meets the criteria for a 4/10 rating.

Namely, that 1) It sucked, 2) It was annoying, and 3) It was borderline offensive, BUT the film did not prompt me to start breaking things. Then again I was at a friend's house -- if I were at my own house perhaps I would have been moved to break a table or chair or two, thus earning a film a theoretical 3/10 (general rating for a film that prompts minor property damage).

Thank you.

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