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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.


Jules White


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




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly Gallstone (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry Pebble (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe Hailstone (as Moe)


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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Short | Comedy | War


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Was the first Hollywood film to spoof Adolf Hitler, released nine months before Charles Chaplin's more famous The Great Dictator (1940). See more »


When the three stooges enter the lion's den, Moe is wearing a black arm band with a question mark which he wasn't wearing in any previous scenes. See more »


Mr. Ixnay: We've come here to offer you the greatest opportunity of your life.
Moe Hailstone: You mean you'll let us paper the living room?
Mr. Ixnay: No, no, no. You're through with papering. My partners and I are going to make you Dictator of Moronica.
Moe Hailstone: Dictator? What does a dictator do?
Mr. Ixnay: A dictator? Why, he makes love to beautiful women, drinks champagne, enjoys life and never works. He makes speeches to the people promising them plenty, gives them nothing and takes everything. *That's* a dictator.
Curly Gallstone: Hmph, a parasite. That's for me.
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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 »


References The Boys from Syracuse (1940) See more »

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19 March 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Munitions manufacturers, Ixnay, Onay, and Amscray, are not satisfied with their profits in the peaceful country of Moronica. They use workmen Hailstone (Moe), Gallstone (Curly), and Pebble (Larry) to overthrow the King, becoming dictators and starting a war.

This gets shown quite early in the war and a year before Charlie Chaplin's iconic "The Great Dictator". It's too bad that this seems to have been overshadowed. It doesn't have the same visual knockout punch like Chaplin playing with a giant globe. What it does have is pushing a reticent public about the war. It's funny and jabs at the Nazis with sharp elbows.

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Release Date:

19 January 1940 (USA) See more »

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Oh, You Nazty Spy! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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