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Men in Black (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 28 September 1934 (USA)
The stooges become doctors at a large hospital where they disrupt patients and staff alike.


Ray McCarey (as Raymond McCarey)


Felix Adler (story and screen play), Felix Adler (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Moe Howard ... Dr. Moe Howard (as Moe)
Larry Fine ... Dr. Larry Fine (as Larry)
Curly Howard ... Dr. Curley Howard (as Curley)


The stooges are three doctors who graduated medical school by being in it for too many years. They come across such problems as an overly chirpy nurse, a mental patient, and a combination to a safe swallowed by the hospital superintendent in the course of their attempt to get through the day. Written by Mike "Nelson" <dagger@tiac.net>

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A TONIC for the "BLUES"!


Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


The bizarre medical terminology used by The Three Stooges was ad-libbed. See more »


In one scene, a janitor is repairing the broken glass in a door. The Stooges come running to it and the janitor smashes the glass and The Three Stooges jump through the opening. However, when the Stooges are in the office, they are shown opening and closing a door with no broken glass. See more »


Dr. Larry Fine: [Holding a knife in the operating room] Wait a minute. Let's plug him, and see if he's ripe.
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Referenced in Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) See more »


I Thought I Wanted You
Music by Archie Gottler
Played during the opening credits
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In the top three!
9 December 2005 | by maxcellus46See all my reviews

This is one particular Stooge short that actually uses satire in conjunction with slapstick, a rarity. As mentioned, the title and concept for this short was "borrowed" from a feature film from the same year with Clark Gable called "Men In White". It's basically about the trials and tribulations of interns and their sacred cause for "duty and humanity". I saw this recently and almost treated it like the Stooge version because it does take itself a little too seriously. In any case, "Men In Black" is so well written, directed and not to mention original, it didn't borrow a thing from Chaplin or any of the others, that the Motion Picture Academy nominated it for an award as the best short comedy of 1934. Some stinky short called "La Cucaracha" outdid it though and stole the award. Some producer's brother in law must have been on the Academy's voting board. "Men In Black" pokes fun at the whole concept of the medical profession much in the same way that the Marx Bros. always did at this time. May not be a fair comparison but I can see the Marx Bros. in this short. In fact in their feature "A Day At The Races", there is a scene where there's "medical things" going on and they cause anarchy as usual. My guess that this particular short was judged along those lines and hence why it was nominated in the first place. Try this in fact: watch this short first and then watch "Duck Soup" or "Day at the Races" with the Marxes and then see if there isn't the same great quality of comedy.

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Release Date:

28 September 1934 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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