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Uncivil War Birds (1946)

After initially joining the Union army, Moe and Larry switch allegiances to their Southern home state and Confederate brother Curley.

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Jules White

Writer:

Clyde Bruckman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
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Storyline

The stooges are civil war soldiers who are constantly changing uniforms to avoid the opposing armies. Eventually they decide to be loyal to the south, but remain disguised as Union soldiers. Curly is detected as a spy, but Moe and Larry prevent his execution. The boys escape with a secret map and marry their three southern belles. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Southern Dumbbells See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The usual "Three Blind Mice" theme is replaced by an adaptation of composer Daniel Emmett's Civil War standard "Dixie", which plays over the title credits. See more »

Goofs

Padding is visible on Curly's rear end when he falls off the horse. See more »

Quotes

Moe: Brother, you all ejaculated a mouthful.
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Connections

Edited from Mooching Through Georgia (1939) See more »

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One of the strangest stooge shorts ever
6 November 2009 | by Jim-500See all my reviews

This short is an oddity in that it hardly has any stooge dialogue or slapstick! The verbal exchanges are limited in that they simply advance the plot; we have no wisecracks, visual jokes, or typical dumbness associated with the boys. And you can count on one hand the amount of slapstick gags.

Many talk about how Curly was in failing health in this short, but surprisingly he has a lot of energy. Outside of the fact that his voice is lower than normal, he engages in typical Curly antics which show him to be full of vim and verve. Too bad they didn't give him much to do.

This short has the most bizarre scene I think I've ever seen in all the shorts. The three are made up in blackface and are in a huddle; Larry says, "If we-all can get that map back to headquarters, we-all can win this war!" Curly responds, "Yeah, and then we-all can get married!" Moe rolls eyes and chirps, "Brothers, you just ejaculated a mouthful!" (While that verb does have the appropriate meaning--to espouse--even in 1946, the stooges surely were giggling under their makeup.)


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