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The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 15 February 1962 (USA)
Three goofy druggists travel back to Ancient Greece on a milquetoast inventor's time machine.

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (screenplay), Norman Maurer (based on a story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moe Howard ... Moe
Larry Fine ... Larry
Joe DeRita ... Curly Joe
Vicki Trickett ... Diane Quigley
Quinn K. Redeker ... Schuyler Davis (as Quinn Redeker)
George N. Neise ... Ralph Dimsal / King Odius
Samson Burke Samson Burke ... Hercules
Marlin McKeever Marlin McKeever ... Ajax and Argo, The Siamese Cyclops (as The McKeever Twins)
Mike McKeever Mike McKeever ... Ajax and Argo, The Siamese Cyclops (as The McKeever Twins)
Emil Sitka ... Shepherd / Refreshment Man
Hal Smith ... King Theseus Of Rhodes
John Cliff ... Ulysses
Lewis Charles ... Achilles The Heel
Barbara Hines Barbara Hines ... Anita
Terry Huntingdon Terry Huntingdon ... Hecuba
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Three druggists travel with a Milquetoast inventor, Schuyler, and his girlfriend, Diane, to ancient Greece on a newly invented time machine. There, the evil tyrant, Odius, takes a shine to the woman and has the guys enslaved as galley rowers using the excuse of the three druggists helping a rebel leader, Ulysses, escape. The rigors of the rowing pump Schuyler up into a muscleman with strength comparable to Hercules himself, who is in the employ of Odius. The threesome get the idea of raising money by promoting Schuyler as Hercules for a series of physical contests. Using a combination of his great strength and, a judicious use of a large supply of potent tranquilizers Curly-Joe brought with him, Schuyler is a success. However, this leads to trouble when the real McCoy learns about the imposter. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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More fun than a Roman Circus! (Poster). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De tre træmænd møder Herkules See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Curly Joe: But we're outnumbered.
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acting their age
21 November 2004 | by awobyobSee all my reviews

Hercules, my introduction to the "golden" Derita years. Golden perhaps, given Moe and Larry's age during this time and the fact that after 24 years toiling in Harry Cohn's salt mines, they were finally getting PAID, real money, not the peanuts tossed down to them before. As for the film, nothing golden about it(would you settle for the bronze, Moe and Larry certainly did with Curly-Joe). Maybe that's a bit strong. I hardly think this film is the worst, it's a decent outing. But much like the Besser years, decent is the best you can hope for.

There's something else about these films too, I think it's the stooges themselves and how their on screen personas seem to match their actual age. Even in the worst Besser films, the stooges still seem to be beyond the constraints of old age, still runnin' wild, vandalizing, and smooching with chicks half their age. But all that seems left behind at the closed down shorts department & the boys seem content with being portrayed as the kindly old grandfather figures always in the position to guide some strapping young lad which leads to another drawback of these 60's features, the prerequisite "love story". Just more useless filler to pad the length on these features, I suppose.

If only Cohn had let the boys have features during their prime, and they could've really brought all of their antics to the screen & not have to worry about angry parent groups or toning it down for the sake of the children.

5/10


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