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Three Little Pirates (1946)

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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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Black Louie (as Robert Stevens)
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Chiquita, Governor's Secretary
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Storyline

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 <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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5 December 1946 (USA)  »

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3 Piratas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Production number 4067. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Governor: [sentencing Moe, Larry, and Curly to death] You have your choice: you may have your heads chopped off or you may be burned at the stake.
Curly: We'll take burning at the stake!
Governor: Very well. We'll toast them Monday at sundown.
Moe: What did you pick burning at the stake for?
Curly: Because a hot steak is better than a cold chop.
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Curly... we hardly knew ye
10 June 2002 | by (Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Many Curly fans are disappointed with his 1945-46 performances during which his health got worse and worse to the point where he was no longer his old energetic self. However, his performance in this is as good as one could hope for (no one can play a maharajah better than Curly!) and fans of Curly and the stooges in general would love this short (which I consider to be their best of 1946). The plot: The stooges are sailors who wind up in ancient times and are sentenced to death by the ruler. Luckily, lady Rita is there to help them escape. Using their wits (disguising Curly as a maharajah) and their fighting abilities (they later face a band of cutthroat pirates who challenge them to a game of knife-throwing), they are eventually victorious. As mentioned, Curly's performance in this is just wonderful and there are memorable sight gags throughout. I consider this and "Fuelin' Around" to be director Edward Bernds's best Stooges shorts. RECOMMENDED


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