They Stooge to Conga

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They Stooge to Conga
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Directed by Del Lord
Produced byDel Lord
Hugh McCollum
Written by Monte Collins
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Vernon Dent
Dudley Dickerson
Stanley Brown
Lloyd Bridges
John Tyrrell
Cinematography George Meehan
Edited by Paul Borofsky
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 1, 1943 (1943-01-01)(U.S.)
Running time
15:32
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

They Stooge to Conga is a 1943 short subject directed by Del Lord starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 67th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

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Plot

The Stooges are incompetent and dim-witted repairmen fixing the doorbell of a large house, which, unbeknownst to them, is the secret headquarters of a group of Nazi agents, headed by the ruthless Hans (Vernon Dent). They manage to disembowel the wiring of the walls and destroy most of the house as they work. Moe and Larry then subdue Hans and his Japanese cohort, assume their wardrobes (emulating Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo) and ultimately sink their submarine by remote control. The boys are caught before the remote control falls, leading to an explosion.

Production notes

They Stooge to Conga was filmed May 6–9, 1942. [1] The film title is a parody of the 18th-century play She Stoops to Conquer . [2]

The doorbell repair segment was reworked with Shemp Howard in 1952's Listen, Judge . [2] The footage of the submarine jumping out of the water was recycled from Three Little Sew and Sews . A similar gag was used in the 2012 film The Three Stooges where Larry (Sean Hayes) is wearing a sandwich board.

A young Lloyd Bridges appears as "Telephone Customer #2" in one of his last uncredited roles. [1]

This is the third Stooges short where Moe plays a parody of Adolf Hitler; the first two, with Moe portraying "Moe Hailstone" as the Hitler parody role in both, were You Nazty Spy and its sequel I'll Never Heil Again , both of which had no connection to this short.

This entry also marked the first time Curly says the word, "sabatoogie," a mispronouncing of "sabotage".

Violence

They Stooge to Conga has been frequently ranked as the most violent Stooge film of the Curly Howard era (1934–1947). [3] DVD Talk critic Stuart Galbraith IV writes that, in its brief 15½ minutes, the film "offers several startling moments, none more gleefully sadistic as when Curly, scaling an electrical pole, within a few seconds manages to puncture the top of Moe's head, an eye, and an ear with a climbing spike, all with cringe-inducing 'ker-CHUNK' sound effects." [4] Moe also gets pulled through lath and plaster, with a real wooden pillar unintentionally landing on his neck. Curly gets his share of abuse, via electrocution, falling off a telephone pole, severe nose twisting, and getting singed via an acetylene torch. [2]

Although Columbia short subject head/director Jules White was known for the usage of excessive violence in his films, They Stooge to Conga was directed by Del Lord. [3] "We had trouble pulling Moe all the way through the wall," White later recalled. "Since Moe was a full grown man, we weakened the wall and the wood inside and then replastered the wall." [2]

Notable violent gags

  • When the trio first enter the house, Moe and Larry try to enter the house simultaneously. They are wedged in the doorway, and get thrust out when Curly comes up from behind with the point of an anvil as a gouge.
  • When Curly is pulling a wire out of a wall he pulls out a ringing phone. He answers it, says "This line is busy" and throws it away, hitting Moe in the head. Moe throws it back in retaliation, hitting Curly in the head as Moe smiles smugly.
  • When Moe is pulled through the wall by Larry and Curly, an actual 2x4 made of solid wood crashed onto Moe's neck.
  • When Moe twists Curly's nose with a tool, he uses a grinding wheel to file it back into shape.
  • As Moe and Larry assist Curly up a telephone pole, Curly accidentally impales Moe in his scalp, eye and ear with a climbing spike on the bottom of his shoe. These spike gags are almost certainly the main source of the short's reputation as excessively violent.
  • When Curly is halfway up the telephone pole, Moe burns him with a flame torch to get him all the way up.
  • After Curly drops a wrench, it lands on Moe's head, bouncing into Larry's hand. Moe uses the wrench on Larry's nose while hitting him in the throat.
  • Curly shocks himself when he tries to straighten a wire. He shocks himself again when he goes to test the connection.
  • When Curly gets zapped via several telephone pole wires, he loses his grip and falls to the sidewalk, landing on Moe and Larry below.
  • While Curly is "charged like a battery," Moe places a light bulb in Curly's ear, which lights up. To short him out, Larry places a screwdriver in Curly's opposite ear, bursting the light bulb.
  • As Curly is sliding on electrical wires, he gets a shock, which pushes him through an open window.
  • As the Nazi spies' cook (Dudley Dickerson) is talking on the phone, the phone explodes in his face due to Curly's manipulating the electrical wires. The startled cook then backs away from the phone, right into an open waffle iron. The iron closes on the cook's buttocks, leading the cook to think he is being attacked by someone.
  • When Moe takes a hammer, he hits Larry from behind, then thrusts it into Curly's mouth. Curly, in turn, bonks Moe with his own hammer 20 times in rapid succession.

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References

  1. 1 2 They Stooge to Conga at threestooges.net
  2. 1 2 3 4 Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 221. ISBN   0-9711868-0-4.
  3. 1 2 Howard Maurer, Joan; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 244. ISBN   0-8065-0946-5.
  4. Galbraith IV, Stuart (July 7, 2012). "The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 5, 2013.