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The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 4 July 1962 (USA)
The Stooges must battle alien spies to safeguard a goofy scientist's revolutionary new vehicle.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Those Brainless Astro-Nuts play ring-around-the-moon with a mob of mixed up Martians! See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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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?


At least one scene of the Martian's attack (a building being blasted) is from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). See more »


Moe: What do you normally do when somebody mails you a bomb?
Curly-Joe: I mail it back.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credit sequence, an animated Martian disintegrates each set of credits with his ray gun before the next set of credits appears. See more »


References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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If this is their best, their worst must be torture
24 November 2003 | by (WI, USA) – See all my reviews

First of all, the Stooges spend almost no time in orbit at all in this film. Maybe I was thinking of "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" when I thought this would be more space oriented. All that wouldn't matter if this had been any good.

The movie starts out with a somewhat interesting narration by a Peter Graves-like voice, giving us a history of the centuries of speculations of what shape Martian life might take. It turns out the "startling answer" to this question is that Martians look like guys in crude rubber masks that are a cross between Frankenstein's monster and the people from the "Twilight Zone" episode "Eye of the Beholder." In fact, one of them is a guy in a rubber mask. Why did his superiors go to the trouble of giving him cosmetic surgery to look human if he's going to go and disguise himself as a Martian? Mars is in a lot of trouble anyway, if their entire invasion consists of two soldiers creeping around an old man's house.

Somebody made a good point that at least the aliens speak another language instead of English, like so many sci-fi movies, but those scenes drag, as if the Martians are waiting for the viewers to catch up to the subtitles. This actually leads to one of the few humorous moments, where Moe does read the subtitles, but since this comes about fifteen minutes before the end of the movie, it doesn't help much.

Maybe the haunted house elements made me start thinking this was a lot like a literal, full-length, live action version of an old Hannah Barbera cartoon. The humor is so lame and predictable. How many times did somebody say some variation on, "I'm not dumb, you know," and then they go and do something dumb? Oh, look, somebody has just carefully laid out a bunch of pies while the Stooges are wreaking havoc in front of some distinguished army brass. I wonder what's going to happen next?

There's also a pointless romance between the professor's daughter and an army captain. They spend most of their time staring dreamily at each other. Later, you know the captain is at the door by the way the romantic music starts playing before she can even answer it, which is one of the unintentionally funny moments.

It's probably obvious I'm not a Three Stooges fan. I saw this as the second part of a double feature, and I stuck around to see if my opinion of them improved at all. I should've walked out like nearly the entire audience did. I did like that made for TV bio-pic where Paul Ben-Victor played Moe, however. I just apparently can't stand their shtick.

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