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We Want Our Mummy, starring the Three Stooges

We Want our Mummy (1939), starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard), Bud Jamison

Three Stooges SafariWe Want Our Mummy is a classic Three Stooges short film in every sense of the word.  It contains classic slapstick comedy, great verbal humor, and wonderful interaction between Moe, Larry and Curly.  In a nutshell, the Three Stooges  are detectives hired to find a missing professor—and unintentionally help the criminal move the professor out of the building.  Undeterred, our ever-optimistic Stooges are sent by Three Stooges regular Bud Jamison to find the lost tomb of King Rootentooten, that only the missing professor knows how to find.  Never letting the impossible slow them down, the boys hop a taxi (!) and drive to Egypt.
After some clowning around in the desert, they accidentally find the tomb, and after some frantic racing around the “haunted” tomb, Moe and Larry are caught by some very human criminals.  Moe and Larry escape, while Curly thinks that he’s found the mummy of Rootentooten—who’s soon chasing the reunited Stooges.  They’re soon chased into the burial chamber, and after some slapstick they think that Curly’s destroyed the valuable remains of Rutentooten.  The criminals are inside the tomb as well, and Curly impersonates the mummy.  With luck, they rescue the professor and the real mummy, and after a short encounter with a crocodile, they run out of the tomb and back to their waiting taxi.

We Want Our Mummy is a very funny Three Stooges short film, fast-paced and funny, with both slapstick and verbal humor – I enjoyed it very much, and hope that you do as well.

Funny movie quotes from We Want Our Mummy (1939) starring the Three Stooges—Moe, Larry and Curly

Curly (Curly Howard): Well, I reckon since there’s no other place around the place, this must be the place, I reckon.

Larry (Larry Fine): That’s a mirij.
Moe (Moe Howard): A mirij is what you see yourself in; that’s a mirage.
Curly (Curly Howard): A mirage is what you keep your car in.

Curly (Curly Howard): After all of that running, we’re still in the same place.
Moe (Moe Howard): Okay, wise guy, you lead.
Curly (Curly Howard): But I …
Moe (Moe Howard): Get going.
Curly (Curly Howard): I’ll go when I’m ready.
Moe (Moe Howard): Are you ready?
Curly (Curly Howard): I’m ready. Follow me.

Larry (Larry Fine): [to Curly] When they find out you killed the mummy, they’ll kill us!

Curly (Curly Howard): C’mon, Rootin-Tootin old kid! Heh heh! Whoever crowned you king?

Moe (Moe Howard): I got an idea, we’ll make a mummy out of you.
Curly (Curly Howard): I can’t be a mummy, I’m a daddy!
Larry (Larry Fine): All right so you’ll be a daddy-mummy.
Curly (Curly Howard): Oh! That’s different.

Moe (Moe Howard): Weigh the anchor!
Curly (Curly Howard): Forty-two pounds!

Professor Tuttle: That wasn’t King Ruten-Tuten! That was his wife, Queen Hatsi-Tatsi! This is Ruten-Tuten! He was a midget!

Dr. Crowell (Bud Jamison): That means we’ll never find the missing king!
Curly (Curly Howard): [looks surprised, takes card out of his front pocket] How did YOU know the king was missing?
[Moe turns his head to look]
Curly (Curly Howard): I… Ooh!
[hides card before Moe can see]
Moe (Moe Howard): Oh, so you’re the one, eh? That’s how you won my thirteen cents!
[smacks Curly]

Moe (Moe Howard): [looking through telescope toward Egyptian desert, but with Larry’s head in the way] We’re coming to a jungle. I can see the underbrush! And camels walkin’ through it! No no, they’re octopus!
Larry (Larry Fine): I don’t see anything!
Moe (Moe Howard): [notices that he was looking at Larry’s hair] You will!
[hits Larry with the telescope]

Thug: [in tomb, with Curly laying on a table dressed up as King Rutin-Tutin] Hey, where are those jewels that are supposed to be buried with them?
Thug in Museum Basement: Oh, they always wrap ‘em up inside the mummy. We’ll have to cut him open.
[with thugs looking away, Curly cringes, and unzips the front of his mummy costume]
Thug in Museum Basement: Let me have that sharp knife you have there.
[looks at “Rutin-Tutin”]
Thug in Museum Basement: He’s burst open!
[reaches inside Curly’s costume, pulls out newspaper]
Thug in Museum Basement: “Yanks win world series.” Can you beat that?
Curly (Curly Howard): Yeah, and I won five bucks!
Thug in Museum Basement: No kidding? I had the Cubs, and… WHAT?

Dr. Crowell (Bud Jamison): Gentlemen, you’re hired. We’re sending you to bring back the mummy of King Rutin-Tutin, you leave immediately for Cairo.
Curly (Curly Howard): Say I got an uncle in Cairo, he’s a chiropractor. Nyuk nyuk nyuk!
[Moe punches him in the nose]

Museum Curator: And if you are successful, we will pay you 5000 dollars.
Dr. Crowell  (Bud Jamison): The recovery of the mummy will prove of untold value to science.
Moe (Moe Howard): For science!
Larry (Larry Fine): For science!
Curly (Curly Howard): For 5000 bucks!

Moe (Moe Howard): [the Stooges find a sign post in the desert showing the locations of Cairo and Tunis] Oh, boy we’re nearly in Cairo. The tomb oughtta be around here someplace.
Curly (Curly Howard): I’ve gotta go to Tunis and then we can have tuna sandwiches for lunch.
[Moe slaps him]
Curly (Curly Howard): Oh!

Moe (Moe Howard): [what looks like the tomb of Rootin Tootin] Hey, he’s the real McCoy!
Larry (Larry Fine): McCoy, I thought his name was Rootin Tootin. [Moe raises his fist at Larry]

Curly (Curly Howard): Hey fellas, I found it.
Larry (Larry Fine): Found what?
Curly (Curly Howard): A tisket a tasket, [holds up a basket] that green and yellow basket. Nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!
[Moe gives him an open hand shove in the face]
Curly (Curly Howard): Oh!
[Staggers back into a well]
Curly (Curly Howard): Woooah!
[Hits the bottom with a splash and gets Moe and Larry wet]

Originally published at Clown Ministry

Trivia for We Want Our Mummy

  • The voice on the taxicab radio is Moe Howard’s normal speaking voice.
  • We Want Our Mummy is the first Stooge film to employ “Three Blind Mice” as the Stooges’ official theme song (the song also appeared somewhat prematurely in 1938’s Flat Foot Stooges, due to some confusion in that film’s release date). This version of “Three Blind Mice,” often affectionately known as the ‘sliding strings’ version, would be used regularly until 1942’s What’s the Matador?. An alternate version of the ‘sliding strings’ version would be used for a brief period starting with 1945’s If a Body Meets a Body.
  • The title We Want Our Mummy is a play on a child’s cry, “I want my Mommy!”
  • We Want Our Mummy marked the final appearance by longtime character actor James C. Morton; he died in 1942.
  • The facetious name “Root’ Tootin'” resembles Tutankhamun and “Hotsy-Totsy” resembles Hatshepsut.

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