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Higher Than a Kite (1943)

After being accidentally dropped behind enemy lines, the Stooges disguise themselves and steal important plans from the Nazi high command.

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The stooges are auto mechanics working for the Royal Air Force in England. After wrecking an officer's car they need a place to hide, but their choice, a sewer pipe, turns out to a bomb which is dropped on the enemy. Finding themselves behind enemy lines, Moe and Curly disguise as German officers and Larry dresses as a seductive fraulein. While General Bommel chases after Larry, Moe and Curly steal the secret plans from the Nazi high command. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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After playing checkers, Moe looks at a picture of Adolf Hitler and says "schickelgruber". Schickelgruber-Hitler was Adolf Hitler's father's last name. See more »

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Since they are in England with the Royal Air Force, cars would have the steering wheel on the right. The one they work on and destroy has the standard United States steering wheel on the left. See more »

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Moe: [to Curly] And what did you answer when they asked what does a navigator do?
Curly: I told them a navigator crawls through a swamp until it becomes a suitcase, and bites like this too.
[Gestures his hands with the snapping motion of an alligator's jaws, with growling imitation]
Moe: No, like this.
[Uses horizontal motion of alligator's jaws, then slaps Curly with both hands]
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Edited into Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960) See more »

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Dumber Than a Mechanic
4 March 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Higher Than a Kite (1943)

*** (out of 4)

In this short, the Three Stooges end up over seas where they hoped to get their wings but instead they end up in a garage working as mechanics. After completely destroying a car the three end up hiding in a pipe but this pipe turns out to be a bomb. The bomb eventually gets dropped behind enemy lines and the boys must battle some Nazies.

HIGHER THAN A KITE is yet another WWII spoof where the boys do whatever it takes to make Germany and Hitler look like a bunch of idiots. When you view these shorts today some might grow tired since many of the subjects were all the same but you have to remember that it was war time when they were released and people wanted to see the hated Hitler made to look like a fool. I think the best moments of this short happen in the first half as the boys cause all sorts of damage to the car they're working on. Moe gets his head caught inside a pipe and the majority of the laughs come from Larry and Curly trying to get him free.


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