The Three Stooges: Three Stooges in History [DVD]

The Three Stooges: Stooges in History is a collection of five short two-reelers starring the various incarnations of the classic comedy trio in different historical time periods. In Squareheads of the Round Table (1948), Moe, Larry, and Shemp are hired by a blacksmith in the Middle Ages. In I'm a Monkey's Uncle (1948), Larry, Moe, and Shemp are cavemen who steal the women of their neighboring cave dwellers. In Restless Knights (1935), Larry, Moe, and Curly are the poor bodyguards of an abducted medieval queen. In Matri-phony (1942), Larry, Moe, and Curly are potters on the run from the lusty Ancient Roman Emperor. In Fiddlers Three (1948), Larry, Moe, and Shemp are fiddlers in the court of Old King Cole.
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Synopsis

Matri-Phony
This Three Stooges short takes place in the days of "Ancient Erysipelas," where the lusty Octopus Grabus is emperor and Ye Olde Pottery and Stone Works is run by Mohicus, Larrycus and Curleycue, "the biggest chiselers in town." The emperor is on the search for a new wife, but the young lovely that is chosen by one of his men just doesn't want to have anything to do with him. The Stooges try to help her out by hiding her in one of their pots, but they are all caught and brought to the palace. The Stooges are to be thrown to the lions but they manage to escape their captors. Moe and Larry convince Curly to dress up as Octopus's prospective bride while the real one escapes. Luckily the emperor's eyes are bad and Moe and Larry break his glasses, so he's never any the wiser. Finally the boys break for freedom by jumping out one of the palace's windows, but they wind up getting caught, upside-down, on the spears of three guards. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Square Heads of the Round Table
The Three Stooges play troubadours of the Middle Ages in this comic short. It opens with Shemp stuck in his armor suit -- "I kept busting rivets so I had my tailor spot-weld me," he explains. It turns out that Cedric the blacksmith is hiding in their home to avoid beheading -- he has fallen in love with Princess Elaine (Christine McIntyre), who is betrothed to the Black Prince (Phil Van Zandt). To help him out, the Stooges accompany him to serenade the fair princess but they are all caught by the king (Vernon Dent) and jailed in the dungeon to await execution. But the princess saves them with a loaf of bread filled with files, saws, and hammers. The Stooges escape their captors and don suits of armor (or "steel step-ins," as Moe calls them). The Black Prince is planning to kill the king as soon as he's married to the princess, and Cedric is to be beheaded when the trumpets announce the forthcoming wedding. But the Stooges hurl fruit into the trumpets to keep them from sounding and reveal the Black Prince's nefarious plot. Cedric is saved, and the King allows him to wed the princess. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Restless Knights
This comedy short puts The Three Stooges into a medieval setting and opens with a cameo from Walter Brennan as the boys' old father. It turns out that the Stooges are the progeny of a chambermaid to the King of Anesthesia, and they head to court to offer their services to the young Queen (Geneva Mitchell). But there is intrigue afoot at the court -- the Prime Minister is plotting to take over Anesthesia's rule. While the Stooges show their prowess (or lack thereof) at wrestling, the Queen is spirited away. For letting the Queen be kidnapped, the boys are sentenced to be executed, but they manage to escape when their enemies are distracted by the silhouette of a pretty girl undressing in a window. The Stooges find the Queen in the wine cellar and knock out her captors one by one. They also knock out the Queen and each other. While this isn't one of the Stooges' best shorts -- their period pieces were rarely as good as those that took place in the present -- it does have one of the best lines. The dying Brennan tells the Stooges their noble titles: Larry is the Duke of Durham, Moe is the Count of Fife and Curly is "Baron of Graymatter." ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

I'm a Monkey's Uncle
One of the better Three Stooges comedy two-reelers of the "Shemp era," I'm a Monkey's Uncle featured the boys as cavemen chasing after a trio of prehistoric lovelies, Aggie, Maggie, and Baggie (aka Columbia starlets Dee Green, Virginia Hunter, and Nancy Saunders). The latter seems to have spent her days at Columbia trekking endlessly back and forth between the Stooges and B-Western star Charles Starrett. the Stooges recycled footage from I'm a Monkey's Uncle for Stone Age Romeos (1955). ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Fiddlers Three
Filmed on standing sets from Columbia's Bandits of Sherwood Forest (1946), this average Three Stooges comedy featured the zany trio as fiddlers at the court of Old King Cole. They are forbidden by the king to marry their sweethearts until Princess Alicia weds Prince Valiant. An evil magician, who loves Alicia as well, does his level best to prevent that from happening. The Stooges remade the story in 1954 as Musty Musketeers. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Moe Howard
    Moe Howard - Moe
  • Larry Fine
    Larry Fine - Larry
  • Curly Howard
    Curly Howard - Curly
  • Vernon Dent
    Vernon Dent
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    Marjorie Deanne
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