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Men in Black (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 28 September 1934 (USA)
The stooges become doctors at a large hospital where they disrupt patients and staff alike.

Director:

Ray McCarey (as Raymond McCarey)

Writers:

Felix Adler (story), Felix Adler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Moe Howard ... Dr. Moe Howard (as Moe)
Larry Fine ... Dr. Larry Fine (as Larry)
Curly Howard ... Dr. Curley Howard (as Curley)
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Storyline

The stooges are three doctors who graduated medical school by being in it for too many years. They come across such problems as an overly chirpy nurse, a mental patient, and a combination to a safe swallowed by the hospital superintendent in the course of their attempt to get through the day. Written by Mike "Nelson" <dagger@tiac.net>

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A TONIC for the "BLUES"!

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Men in Black See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was refused a British cinema certificate in 1934. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, a janitor is repairing the broken glass in a door. The Stooges come running to it and the janitor smashes the glass and The Three Stooges jump through the opening. However, when the Stooges are in the office, they are shown opening and closing a door with no broken glass. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Moe Howard: We'll make an incision like this.
[he draws a line on Dr. Graves]
Dr. Curly Howard: No, we'll make an insertion like that.
[he draws another line]
Dr. Larry Fine: No, we should make an excursion like this.
[he draws two lines; Moe draws an "X" in one box, Curly an "O" in another, and Larry an "X" in a third]
Dr. Moe Howard: [fighting over the last play] Tic tac toe!
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Featured in Muppet Babies: Eight Flags Over the Nursery (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I Thought I Wanted You
(uncredited)
Music by Archie Gottler
Played during the opening credits
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MEN IN BLACK (Raymond McCarey, 1934) **1/2
13 January 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This Oscar-nominated Three Stooges short was possibly a spoof on the Clark Gable hospital drama MEN IN WHITE (1934). The insane comedy style of the film is pretty much influenced by The Marx Bros. – but actually anticipates their own assault on the medical profession in A DAY AT THE RACES (1937)! The Stooges go to their designated operating rooms via horses, racing-cars and the like; the operation on their own boss sees them using an electric drill and then stitching him up with all the various instruments of the profession still inside! As ever, the comic trio fall back too often on slapping each other around (not to mention fooling around with some girl, in this case a dumb nurse); actually, the best gag revolves around the glass on the boss’ office door (which is smashed every time our heroes leave his company, since they’re constantly being called to explain their unethical behavior – seeing them coming one more time, the janitor who’s forever replacing the glass anticipates them by breaking it himself!). Incidentally, both director McCarey and screenwriter Felix Adler worked contemporaneously on the (more sympathetic but no less havoc-ridden) films of Laurel & Hardy.


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