Columbia, 1941. Directed by
Jules White. Camera: L. William O'Connell. With Moe
Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Mary Ainsley, Don Barclay, Lynton Brent,
Bobby Burns, Vernon Dent, Ned Glass, Bud Jamison, Johnny Kascier, Jack
"Tiny" Lipson, Duncan Renaldo, Cy Schindell, Al Thompson, Bert Young.
The second Jules White-directed short
that lacerates the Third Reich opens with the message "The
characters in this picture are all fictitious. Anyone
resembling them is better off dead." This is the sequel to the
1940 short You Nazty Spy! Though that one ended with
the Stooges getting killed, the boys are back and running Moronica.
Amscray, Ixnay, and Umpchay, who last time unseated the King of
Moronica, Herman of 6-7/8, now want to put Hailstone the dictator
(Moe) out of business.
The Hitler look-alike is bent on world
dominance, and the Stooges have a pow-wow with a Mussolini
look-alike named Chissolini and a Japanese leader who insists on
taking photographs. They fight over who will control the world
and get into a football game, using the globe as the ball.
Eventually, the trio is blown up by a pool ball rigged with
explosives, their heads mounted to the wall.
The Three Stooges
An Illustrated History,
by Michael Fleming
Broadway Books 1999