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You Nazty Spy! (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Short

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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Moe Hailstone: [holding a book] I'll keep this.
Curly Gallstone: Oh, a bookkeeper.
Moe Hailstone: Go burn the books.
Larry Pebble: Why burn the books?
Moe Hailstone: There are too many bookmakers. The bookies are overrunning the country. Those are my orders.
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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

References The Boys from Syracuse (1940) See more »

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The Stooges funniest and most poignant one ever
30 June 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The Three Stooges must've known what was goin' on in Germany (all three are Jewish), so thety decided to do a parody. It is not only they're funniest one yet, but also the'yre most meaningful (I thought this parody was much better than the Groucho Marx one in 1938). Here, The stooges play Hailstone, Gailstone and pebble. They become the heads of Moronica (I love the slogan: Moronica for Morons) and start to create chaos. Very smart comedy, including scarily right on impression of Moe doing Hitler (though I crack up at the thought of him speaking) and Curly doing Mussolini. Gags of course, but the puns are hilarious as well. A++


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