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Elwood Ullman (story) &
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Release Date:
2 July 1942 (USA) See more »
Goofiest comedy you ever saw!
The stooges are potters in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Octopus Grabus. When the emperor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curleycue (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larrycus (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Mohicus (as Moe)
Marjorie Deanne ... Diana

Vernon Dent ... Emperor Octopus Grabus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Snake Charmer (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Guard at Pottery Shop (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Emperor's Aide (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... Guard (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Miss Syracuse (uncredited)
Charles Phillips ... Guard (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Guard (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Edwards 
Del Lord (uncredited)
Writing credits
Elwood Ullman (story) &
Monte Collins (story) (as Monty Collins)

Elwood Ullman (screenplay) &
Monte Collins (screenplay) (as Monty Collins)

Produced by
Del Lord .... producer
Hugh McCollum .... producer
Cinematography by
George Meehan 
Film Editing by
Paul Borofsky 
Crew believed to be complete

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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #8285)

Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: ...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 »
Curleycue:[holding an urn] There's a pretty thing! A tenth-century razpanyasechekinifuchiyajiminiharonji!See more »


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Winning Stooges Short, 12 January 2015
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Matri-Phony (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Funny two-reeler has Mo, Larry and Curly working as potters in ancient Rome when Emperor Octopus puts out a call saying he wants to marry a young red-headed woman. One just happens to be hiding in their store and when the guards find her the three men are taken to the Emperor's lair where comedy follows. Fans of the Stooges are really going to find plenty to laugh about here. From what I've read the three didn't enjoy director Harry Edwards but you really couldn't tell by watching the film as all three men are in fine form. There are several funny moments throughout the film but the highlight has to be when the boys are being held in front of the Emperor with spears to their backs. Curly doesn't realize it and makes an escape only to be caught by something other than the guard. Another funny sequence happens early on inside their shop as a guard comes in looking for the hiding girl but gets a sales talk from Curly. The film certainly isn't a classic or masterpiece but fans of the Stooges should at least get several laughs.

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