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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 
Writing credits
Elwood Ullman (story) &
Monte Collins (story) (as Monty Collins)

Elwood Ullman (screenplay) &
Monte Collins (screenplay)

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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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:Oh, food! Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, gee, I love food!See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
'The Biggest Chiselers In Town', 23 October 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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