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Matri-Phony (1942)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 2 July 1942 (USA)
The stooges are potters in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Octopus Grabus. When the emperor orders all beautiful red-headed women to be brought before him so he can select a wife, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Harry Edwards, Del Lord (uncredited)

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (story), Monte Collins (story) (as Monty Collins) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curleycue (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larrycus (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Mohicus (as Moe)
Marjorie Deanne Marjorie Deanne ... Diana
Vernon Dent ... Emperor Octopus Grabus
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Storyline

The stooges are potters in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Octopus Grabus. When the emperor orders all beautiful red-headed women to be brought before him so he can select a wife, Diana, a pretty red-head, seeks refuge with the stooges. Some soldiers find Diana's hiding place and they are all brought to the palace where the stooges escape and try to pass of Curly as Diana, having broken the emperor's glasses. Their ruse fails and they're caught by the palace guards as they try to escape. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Goofiest comedy you ever saw!

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roamin' Romans See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of two shorts directed by frequent Stooges writer Harry Edwards, but the experience was not very pleasant. Edwards was deemed an incompetent director by the cast and crew. Edwards had a explosive attitude towards the cast saying they couldn't act, etc. It was also the only short where stuff was filmed over a period of weeks, due to this. Del Lord was brought in to shoot more footage for the film, as a result. See more »

Goofs

During the eating scene when Vernon and Curly (in drag) are being nipped by the crab on the seat between them, Larry and Moe are standing behind them. Larry is on the left and Moe on the right. When Larry takes a drink from a goblet he is on the right of Moe. Next scene Larry is back on the left of Moe. See more »

Quotes

Guard at Pottery Shop: Hey, what's behind those drapes?
Curleycue: The back of the drapes!
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12 January 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Matri-Phony (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Funny two-reeler has Mo, Larry and Curly working as potters in ancient Rome when Emperor Octopus puts out a call saying he wants to marry a young red-headed woman. One just happens to be hiding in their store and when the guards find her the three men are taken to the Emperor's lair where comedy follows. Fans of the Stooges are really going to find plenty to laugh about here. From what I've read the three didn't enjoy director Harry Edwards but you really couldn't tell by watching the film as all three men are in fine form. There are several funny moments throughout the film but the highlight has to be when the boys are being held in front of the Emperor with spears to their backs. Curly doesn't realize it and makes an escape only to be caught by something other than the guard. Another funny sequence happens early on inside their shop as a guard comes in looking for the hiding girl but gets a sales talk from Curly. The film certainly isn't a classic or masterpiece but fans of the Stooges should at least get several laughs.


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