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Three Little Pirates (1946)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  5 December 1946 (USA)
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Three bumbling sailors from a garbage scow are marooned on an island where the anachronistic inhabitants seem trapped in the 17th Century.



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Complete credited cast:
Curly (as Curly)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Christine McIntyre ...
Rita Yolanda
Robert Kellard ...
Black Louie (as Robert Stevens)
Vernon Dent ...
Dorothy DeHaven ...
Chiquita, Governor's Secretary


The stooges are castaways from a garbage scow who land on Dead Man's Island where everyone is living in olden times. To escape from the governor, they disguise Curly as a Maharaja and win permission to journey to their own country to fetch presents. The governor is fooled, but the boys run into more trouble in the den of Black Louie the pirate where Curly is forced into a knife throwing contest with Larry as the target. Things look bad until a mis-thrown knife cuts the rope that holds the chandelier and it crashes down on Black Louie's men. With the pirates defeated, Moe decides to take over as ruler of the island. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

5 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Three Little Pirates  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The last The Three Stooges short in which Curly Howard was involved in the entire production. He was left out of the final scene of the next Stooges project, Half-Wits Holiday (1947), after he suffered a debilitating stroke. See more »


The drill that the Stooges are using, while making lots of noise (sound effects) doesn't seem to have any moving parts. The drill bit doesn't move at all. See more »


Moe: The raja says that in his domain on the islands of Coney & Long there are some fair chickadees who prowl through the meadows day & night.
Moe: If you give us till sunup, we shall bring some back by sundown.
Governor: Excellent, Excellent!
Governor: On your way with winged feet.
Curly: Aha, Yataminich, where are you?
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Another Time As Well As Another Land
13 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Three Little Pirates finds Moe, Larry, and Curly managing to drift into another time as well as another land when they loose control of their New York City garbage scow and drift out into the ocean. They arrive in a strange land that looks like the domain of some 17th century pirates with a jealous king Vernon Dent who throws them into jail just on general principles. As if being a Stooge wasn't enough.

But they are not without allies as the king's mistress Christine McIntyre sees the boys as her means of escape. Foolish girl, but she leads them to the pirate den where of course they have some more problems with pirate leader Robert Stevens.

Curly shines in this one as he and Moe play a visiting Rajah and an interpreter. It's a great comic sequence as they shower the king with 'gifts' from the new world like a lollipop ruby and bubblegum.

A really good stooge short.

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