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You Nazty Spy! (1940)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, War | 19 January 1940 (USA)
In a country, munitions manufacturers maneuver a wallpaper hanger to become dictator with his compatriots as his personal staff.

Director:

Jules White

Writers:

Clyde Bruckman (story and screenplay), Felix Adler (story and screenplay) (as Felix Alder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly Gallstone (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry Pebble (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe Hailstone (as Moe)
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In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king, they decide to make Moe the new ruler as he'll be stupid enough to follow their orders. Moe becomes Dictator, Curly is a Field Marshal and Larry becomes Minister of propaganda. After successfully preventing a female spy from committing mayhem, the boys are run out of office by a mob and eaten by lions. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Columbia's comedy scoop of the year!

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Short | Comedy | War

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The part of Mata Herring is played by Columbia stock actress Lorna Gray. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 99, one the last surviving cast members of the classic Stooges shorts. She retired from acting in 1950, became active in charities and became a minister using the name Adrian Booth in her post acting days. She made rare appearances a fan conventions in the 2000's. See more »

Goofs

Co-writer Felix Adler's name is misspelled as "Alder" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Moe Hailstone: To you, I give Mickey-Finland.
Larry Pebble: If I get Mickey-Finland, I'd better be rushin'.
Curly Gallstone: Then quit Stalin.
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Crazy Credits

Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle. See more »

Alternate Versions

As of September, 2004, has been released on DVD in both original black-and-white as well as with a new colorization process. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Three Stooges (2000) See more »

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Stooges' gutsy move
6 May 2001 | by TresixSee all my reviews

Mel Brooks has often said that humor was probably the one weapon that the Jews had against the Nazis. The Three Stooges get there shots in at the Nazi Party with the short YOU NAZTY SPY! This was the first time that anyone in the movie business had the nerve to make fun of Adolf Hitler. Released in January of 1940 (over a year before the U.S. entered WWII), NAZTY SPY! beat Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR by nine months. YOU NAZTY SPY! starts with three men, Mr. Ixnay, Mr. Amscray and Mr. Ohnay discussing how they can keep their munitions business going when the king of the country of Moronica wants only peace. Their solution: Overthrow the king and install a dictator who will do their bidding. Their man: Wallpaper hanger Moe Hailstone (Moe Howard). There are also jobs for his assistants too, Gallstone (Curly Howard) and Pebble (Larry Fine).

The thing that really makes this work is Moe's uncanny resemblance to Der Fuerher and the subtle things that underscore the real-life situation like Hailstone's speech to the masses. It looks almost like the real thing. This short proves that the Stooges were indeed much more than mere slaps and eyepokes, and that they may have been a lot more intelligent off camera than people gave them credit for.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh, You Nazty Spy! See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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