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4 January 1951 (USA) See more »
The stooges are delivering some Arabian antiques, which include a magic lamp complete with genie. Three Arabian bad guys are after the magic lamp... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Philip Van Zandt ... Ahmed
Vernon Dent ... Mr. Bradley
Dick Curtis ... Hassan
Wesley Bly ... The Genii

Directed by
Edward Bernds 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elwood Ullman 

Produced by
Hugh McCollum .... producer
Film Editing by
Henry DeMond 
Art Direction by
Charles Clague 

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USA:16 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Moe:I'd knock your brains out if you had any.See more »
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Remake of Phoney Cronies (1942)See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Sound-Effects Dominate This Adventure, 23 May 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

The most pronounced feature in this Three Stooges short might be the sound effects. They are everywhere, especially with broken china noise. Clanks, bonks, yeoows, poofs, glass breaking, heads breaking....probably a hundred different sounds. Don't watch this one if you have a headache because it's loud.

The humor highlight is the last five minutes in which we have a Stooges favorite - a chase scene through a hall and several rooms. Innocent people like "Mr. Bradley" (Vernon Dent, who was on a million of these shows), along with the Stooges and two Arabian thieves all take their lumps - big-time.

The key part of the story is a genie appearing from a magic lamp. The Stooges call him "genius" instead of "genie." Shemp later calls him "Amos," which sounds a bit racial. Shemp accidentally rubs the lamp and gets the first wish. Not being too bright, Shemp asks for a new suit. Larry proves to be even dumber when he gets a free wish and Moe looks even dumber than the other two guys.

Anyway, without going into all the details, this Stooges effort started a bit weak but finished very strong. The line that made me laugh out loud was Shemp saying, "I suppose you think I'm scared" after we see his heart literally bouncing around inside his shirt. (It's better seen than described). Also, only in the Stooges can a guy (Moe) deliberately pour scalding coffee on a person's hand (Larry) and make it funny.

Stupid? Yes, but these guys are still funny and probably will make people laugh 100 years from now.

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