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You Nazty Spy! (1940) Poster

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Larry Fine walks with a limp because he injured himself shortly before filming began. However, it adds to the realism because Joseph Goebbels walked with a limp.
A billiards 8-ball was used as a fortune telling device in the scene with the female spy, Mattie Herring. This predates by ten years the popular toy fortune telling device, "The Magic Eight Ball", first marketed by Alabe Crafts Company in 1950.
Was the first Hollywood film to spoof Adolf Hitler, released nine months before Charles Chaplin's more famous The Great Dictator (1940).
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This was Moe Howard's personal favorite of all the Stooges shorts.
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This was Larry Fine's favorite short.
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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.
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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).
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Filmed in 1939, not released until 1940.
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This was the first Three Stooges short to not open with the classic Columbia Pictures logo.
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"Moronika for Morons" parodies the Nazi slogan "Deutschland den Deutschen" (Germany for Germans).
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