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Matri-Phony (1942)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  2 July 1942 (USA)
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The stooges are potters in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Octopus Grabus. When the emperor orders all beautiful red-headed women to be brought before him so he can select a wife, ... See full summary »

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Curleycue (as Curly)
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Larrycus (as Larry)
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Emperor Octopus Grabus
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The stooges are potters in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Octopus Grabus. When the emperor orders all beautiful red-headed women to be brought before him so he can select a wife, Diana, a pretty red-head, seeks refuge with the stooges. Some soldiers find Diana's hiding place and they are all brought to the palace where the stooges escape and try to pass of Curly as Diana, having broken the emperor's glasses. Their ruse fails and they're caught by the palace guards as they try to escape. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Matri-Phony is the first Stooges film to employ the accordion-based, driving version of 'Three Blind Mice' over the opening credits. This faster theme would be used until the end of 1944. See more »

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...or audible. In the final scene, when the boys are hanging upside down from the spears, you can hear what appears to be director Harry Edwards telling Larry "Larry, grab the..." See more »

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Curleycue: Oh, food! Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, gee, I love food!
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'The Biggest Chiselers In Town'
23 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh, boy: more corny signs.

The boys are in ancient Rome and are stonecutters. The sign over their front door of business reads, "Ye Olde Pottery and Stone Works - Mohicus, Larrycus And CurleyCue - The Biggest Chiselers In Town"

Emperor "Octopus Grabus" has issued an edict in which all unmarried redheads are ordered to the palace of for matrimony. One hot babe is pursued and runs into the boys' store looking to be hidden from a Roman soldier. The boys are happy to oblige.

My first or second look at this particular story probably made me laugh but now, some 40-50 years later, I had seen Curly pretend to be a woman so many times that isn't funny, anymore. The scenes with him and the Mr. Magoo-like "Octopus" (Vernon Dent) What I am saying is that is just too much familiar material.

To end on a positive note, the "dame" in trouble, "Diana," played by Marjorie Deanne was very hot. I'm surprised she didn't have a longer career, unless that was her choice.


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