The Yokeâs on Me, starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly), originally released May 26, 1944
The Yokeâs on Me is a very difficult Three Stooges short film to review, because it deals with the issue of racismâand not in a good way. In The Yokeâs on Me, the villains are Japanese Americans who have escaped from internment centers. The actors portraying the escapees wear dental prosthetics to exaggerate their supposed âenemy Japâ lookâwhich is ironic, since in other Three Stooges short films of the era, actors portraying Japanese did not have to wear them. I strongly oppose the entire idea of political correctnessâI believe it to be nothing more than censorship. But I find this short film disturbing because of the racist overtones, and due to the way that it deals with Americans of Japanese ancestry, I cannot recommend it.
Having said that, the basic premise of The Yokeâs on Me is as follows: having been rejected by the armed services, the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly) decide to âdo their partâ during World War II by becoming farmers. After paying $1,000 and throwing in their car, the boys become owners of a run-down farm, which lacks any livestock. After capturing an escaped ostrich, they decide to carve jack-o- lanterns for profit and then must contend with some Japanese Americans who have escaped from an internment center. The Three Stooges capture the escapees, with the help of explosive eggs laid by the ostrich who had swallowed some blasting powder.
Funny movie quotes from The Yokes on Me starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly)
Curly: Look, look! A pelican!
Moe: That’s no pelican, it’s a gander.
Curly: Mahatma gander?
Moe: No, a gander, a gander! A goose’s husband.
Larry: Yeah, a papa goose.
Curly: Do they have papa gooseses and mama gooseses?
Larry: Oh sure. And little baby gooseses, too.
Curly: Oh, I read about them. They come from Germany…the goosetapo!
Curly: Thatâs easyâweâve got an ostrich that lays hand grenades!
Trivia about The Yokeâs on Me starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly)
- The short deals with the relocation centers set up by the U.S. Government during World War II. This was a very controversial issue, and when it was revisited in the 1970s, this short was banned from American television. It is the only Three Stooges short with that distinction.