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The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)

The Stooges must battle alien spies to safeguard a goofy scientist's revolutionary new vehicle.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe DeRita ...
Curly-Joe (as The Three Stooges)
Larry (as The Three Stooges)
Moe (as The Three Stooges)
Carol Christensen ...
Carol Danforth
Captain Tom Andrews
Professor Danforth
Ogg / Airline Pilot
Rayford Barnes ...
Zogg / Airline Co-Pilot
Don Lamond ...
Colonel Smithers
Doctor Appleby
Thomas Glynn ...
George Galveston
Jean Charney ...
WAF Sergeant
Peter Dawson ...
General Bixby


The Three Stooges, Moe, Larry, and Curly-Joe, are evicted from their hotel room and set out to find a new place to live while prepping for their new TV show. They end up settling at the home of the eccentric inventor, Professor Danforth. The professor is glad to have company in the house again. He is working on a new vehicle which he plans to sell to the military. Unfortunately, a spy from Mars is trying to steal it. When he tells the Stooges about the spy, they are of the opinion he has "been bending over those diagrams too long." But with their TV show in danger of cancellation, the professor says he has another invention guaranteed to save their show if they will help him safeguard his new vehicle. They soon discover the Professor may not be as crazy as he sounds when two real Martians hijack the vehicle, mount a laser cannon on it, and begin attacking the city. Now, the fate of the human race rests in the hands of (gulp) The Three Stooges. Written by gorn9146

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Comedy | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

4 July 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los tres chiflados en órbita  »

Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Professor Danforth's cartoon machine was based on a real technique being developed by producer Norman Maurer. It involved filming live action actors in special high contrast makeup and costumes and using special processing techniques to create cartoon like images without the expensive labor intensive hand drawn process. The process never succeeded and the animated footage, and the Three Stooges cartoon series were created using traditional techniques. See more »


Moe: The visibility is zero.
Curly-Joe: Yeah, and we can't see either!
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Crazy Credits

The box for the 1995 Columbia/Tri Star U.S. VHS release incorrectly credits Joe DeRita as "Curly Joe Howard." See more »


References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) **
4 January 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one of the weaker things the later Stooges did, and you can mark that down as coming from a lifetime fan of all their two-reel shorts (be they with Curly, Shemp or Joe) as well as their feature films with Curly Joe DeRita. This movie just flat out ain't very funny. Having Moe, Larry and Curly Joe tangle with old professor Emil Sitka and cool-looking Frankensteinian martians (well, they look cool to those of us who grew up loving cheesy monster movies) should have helped make for a sure fire bullseye. Instead, this nonsense is all over the place, hopping from one unfunny bit of business to the next, trying to fill in the running time with all sorts of unrelated junk (including a meaningless relationship for the professor's daughter). This makes their Joe Besser shorts like OUTER SPACE JITTERS and SPACE SHIP SAPPY look positively first-rate. ** out of ****

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