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Felix Adler (story)
Clyde Bruckman (story)
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Release Date:
19 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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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  (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)
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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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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 »
Moe:To you, I give Mickey-Finland.
Larry:If I get Mickey-Finland, I'd better be rushin'.
Curly Gallstone, Field Marshal:Then quit Stalin.
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References The Boys from Syracuse (1940)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
More satire than merely slapping., 10 December 2005
Author: maxcellus46 from United States

This one shows the Stooges, the writers, and the studio all in top form. The writing is very clever, in fact rather Marxist, that is Marx Brothers type. Moe as a "Hitler type" dictator and Curly as a "mussolini", they just can't miss. Curly even does a "Bob Hope" when he turns to the camera and in reference to some dialog between Moe and Larry says, "They're nuts!" In comparison to Chaplin's overzealous take on 'ol Shicklegruber, this is much funnier. Cahplin at this point, or more accurately from about the mid 1920's onward, tends to get too much pathos involved with otherwise great comedy. His comedies and especially his feature films always seemed to be attempting to send the world a message or moral. Much like the Our Gang shorts produced during their floundering MGM period. The Stooges version is played strictly for laughs and well it should be. If you're going to play someone as rotten as Hitler, than make a total ass out of him without any appearances of "having seen the light" like Chaplin does at the end of his "Great Dictator". The Stooges are all fired up in this one and I'll bet Chaplin was too, considering the Stooge's version was released before Chaplin's. "Hail, Hail, Hailstone! Wahoo!"

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