After initially joining the Union army, Moe and Larry switch allegiances to their Southern home state and Confederate brother Curley.

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The stooges are civil war soldiers who are constantly changing uniforms to avoid the opposing armies. Eventually they decide to be loyal to the south, but remain disguised as Union soldiers. Curly is detected as a spy, but Moe and Larry prevent his execution. The boys escape with a secret map and marry their three southern belles. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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The usual "Three Blind Mice" theme is replaced by an adaptation of composer Daniel Emmett's Civil War standard "Dixie", which plays over the title credits. See more »

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Padding is visible on Curly's rear end when he falls off the horse. See more »

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Moe: Brother, you all ejaculated a mouthful.
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Remake of Mooching Through Georgia (1939) See more »

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Full Of Clichés, Stereotypes & A Few Statements That Have New Meanings Today
4 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We are back in the Civil War days and the boys, as they usually did, play Confederates and you hear the phrases like "You all," "I reckon," "shore 'nuff," etc., more than you want to hear, at least at the beginning.

The Civil War parts of this "adventure,",which make up most of the story, have an odd twist. The boys apparently lived in a border state when some joined the Union, some joined the Confederacy. We know this because two minutes after the boys enlist, Moe and Larry are in blue and Curly is in gray. (Odd that could happen in the same town, but, hey, it's a movie.) Nonetheless, the boys realize this and from then on, are all on the same page.

There are a few things in this movie you would never see or hear today, in a PC or family film of this type: 1 - the boys dress up as slaves and sing "Dixie;" 2 - Moe says to the guys, "Brother, y'all ejaculated a mouthful." I thought I had heard wrong but played it back with English subtitles and, lo and behold, that's what he said. Well, there are a lot of thing in this episode that have far different meanings today.

The Stooges' version of Dixie had a northern twist which produced a few laughs, such as "way down yonder in New York City" and stanzas about the "cotton in Brooklyn."

Mostly this one just makes a small Union army group look really stupid while the Stooges keep fooling them with different uniforms and disguises. In all, it's a fair episode, ranking about in the middle of all their comedy short films.


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