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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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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roamin' Romans See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Matri-Phony is the first Stooges film to employ the accordion-based, driving version of 'Three Blind Mice' over the opening credits. This faster theme would be used until the end of 1944. See more »

Goofs

Larry uses a cigarette lighter and Vernon wears glasses both were unknown in ancient times. See more »

Quotes

Curleycue: Oh, food! Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, gee, I love food!
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One of the funniest Three Stooges episodes!
10 March 2003 | by Movie NuttballSee all my reviews

This ancient Rome short is hilarious!I love the dinner table scenes and also the scenes with Vernon Dent.The armor and clothes looked realistic.The things the Stooges do in their store is hysterically funny!This is a great one to watch!


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