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You Nazty Spy! (1940)

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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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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A billiards 8-ball was used as a fortune telling device in the scene with the female spy, Mattie Herring. This predates by ten years the popular toy fortune telling device, "The Magic Eight Ball", first marketed by Alabe Crafts Company in 1950. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Moe Hailstone: Moronica must expand! We shall lend our neighbors a helping hand, we shall lend them two helping hands... and help ourselves to our neighbors!
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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 »

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More satire than merely slapping.
10 December 2005 | by maxcellus46See all my reviews

This one shows the Stooges, the writers, and the studio all in top form. The writing is very clever, in fact rather Marxist, that is Marx Brothers type. Moe as a "Hitler type" dictator and Curly as a "mussolini", they just can't miss. Curly even does a "Bob Hope" when he turns to the camera and in reference to some dialog between Moe and Larry says, "They're nuts!" In comparison to Chaplin's overzealous take on 'ol Shicklegruber, this is much funnier. Cahplin at this point, or more accurately from about the mid 1920's onward, tends to get too much pathos involved with otherwise great comedy. His comedies and especially his feature films always seemed to be attempting to send the world a message or moral. Much like the Our Gang shorts produced during their floundering MGM period. The Stooges version is played strictly for laughs and well it should be. If you're going to play someone as rotten as Hitler, than make a total ass out of him without any appearances of "having seen the light" like Chaplin does at the end of his "Great Dictator". The Stooges are all fired up in this one and I'll bet Chaplin was too, considering the Stooge's version was released before Chaplin's. "Hail, Hail, Hailstone! Wahoo!"


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