Men in Black – starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard) originally aired September 28, 1934
Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard! Men in Black is a very funny, very fast-paced Three Stooges short film starring Moe, Larry, and Curly as medical doctors who been graduated from medical school simply due to the length of time that they were attending – but the Stooges are willing to prove themselves by working “for duty and humanity!” It’s a very, very funny, very fast-paced Three Stooges comedy. It’s a great blend of truly funny slapstick, running gags and verbal humor in the Three Stooges style.
So many comedy highlights …
In fact, it’s hard to mention highlights or favorite moments, since there are so many running gags include the repeated breaking of the glass door of the chief of medicine’s office, the Three Stooges repeated page “Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!”, etc. Likewise there are some many great comic scenes that I can’t pick a favorite, whether it’s the Stooges having to operate on the chief doctor, their interaction with a midget patient (look out for their interaction with the midget’s doctor, played by Three Stooges regular Bud Jamison), dealing with a telegram messenger, causing and clearing traffic jams in the hall of the hospital, etc.
It’s amazing how much comedy the boys managed to cram into only 19 minutes. It’s a true classic and bears the honor of being the only Three Stooges nominated for an Academy Award. It also marks the origin of Curly’s famous “woo woo woo!”
Men in Black is available on The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 1: 1934-1936.
Funny movie quotes from Men in Black starring the Three Stooges – Moe, Larry and Curly
Dr. Moe Howard: What’s your name?
Patient: (with the thermometer in mouth) Anna Conda.
Dr. Moe Howard: On account a what?
PA Announcer: Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard …
Dr. Moe Howard: How is she, Doctor?
Doctor with “Tiny Patient” (Bud Jamison): A slight hope.
Dr. Curly Howard: That’s too bad. What’s the matter?
Doctor with “Tiny Patient” (Bud Jamison): She’s in a coma.
Tiny Patient: [sitting up] I am not! I’m in a bed!
Tiny Patient: Say, doctor, do you really think I’m gonna get better?
Dr. Moe Howard: I’m very sorry, but I’m afraid you are.
Tiny Patient: Oh, thanks, doctor. You don’t know how I really appreciate it.
[after being asked where they found their respective patients]
Dr. Larry Fine: Under the bed!
Doctor Moe Howard: Upon the chandelier!
Dr. Graves: What did you do for him?
Dr. Curly Howard: Nothing! What’d he ever do for us?
Dr. Moe Howard, Dr. Curly Howard, Dr. Larry Fine: For Duty and Humanity!
An Apple a Day …
Hiccupping Nurse: Oh, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard! Is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Dr. Moe Howard: Yes, that’s true.
Hiccupping Nurse: Well, then, why don’t the patients eat an apple a day and save hospital expenses?
Dr. Curly Howard: Pardon me if I laugh. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! That’s a pippin!
Hiccupping Nurse: Oh, I know what a pippin is.
Dr. Larry Fine: You do, eh? What’s a pippin?
Hiccupping Nurse: Uh, a pippin is an apple with a skin on the outside.
Dr. Moe Howard: Did you ever see an apple with a skin on the inside?
Hiccupping Nurse: Oh, sure I did.
Dr. Larry Fine: You did?
Dr. Larry Fine:Where?
Hiccupping Nurse: In homemade apple pie.
Trivia for Men in Black starring the Three Stooges – Moe, Larry, and Curly
- The bizarre medical terminology used by the Stooges was ad-libbed.
- Curly Howard’s famous line “Woo-woo-woo-woo” was used when he forgot his lines but soon became a standard.
- The third Columbia short for the Stooges and their only short to be nominated for an Academy Award. They lost to the animated short La Cucaracha (1934).
- The title is a spoof of Men in White (1934).
Cast of characters
- Moe Howard (I’ll Never Heil Again) … Dr. Moe Howard
- Larry Fine (Nertsery Rhymes) … Dr. Larry Fine
- Curly Howard (I’m a Monkey’s Uncle) … Dr. Curley Howard (as Jerry Howard)
- Carmen Andre … Nurse (uncredited)
- Betty André … Nurse (uncredited)
- Neal Burns (Back from the Front) … Attendant (uncredited)
- Bob Callahan (Grips, Grunts and Groans) … Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
- Irene Coleman … Nurse (uncredited)
- Phyllis Crane (Uncivil Warriors) … Anna Conda (uncredited)
- Charles Dorety (Dizzy Pilots) … Doctor (uncredited)
- Joe Fine … Attendant (uncredited)
- Billy Gilbert (The Music Box; The Great Dictator) … Dangerous Patient (uncredited)
- Dell Henderson … Dr. Graves (uncredited)
- Ruth Hiatt … Whispering Nurse (uncredited)
- Kay Hughes … Nurse (uncredited)
- Bud Jamison (A Ducking They Did Go) … Tiny Patient’s Doctor (uncredited)
- Eve Kimberly … Nurse (uncredited)
- Charles King (Punch Drunks) … Anesthesiologist (uncredited)
- Hank Mann (Disorder in the Court) … Glass Door Man (uncredited)
- Arthur Rankin (Hoi Polloi) … Attendant (uncredited)
- Eve Reynolds (Movie Maniacs) … Nurse (uncredited)
- ‘Little Billy’ Rhodes (You Nazty Spy!) … Tiny Patient (uncredited)
- Jeanie Roberts … Hiccupping Nurse (uncredited)
- Helen Splane … Nurse (uncredited)
- Billie Stockton … Nurse (uncredited)
- Lucile Watson … Nurse (uncredited)