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Average Rating:     [6.29/10]   15 votes


The space agency's latest attempt to launch a rocket into space has failed, and Mr. Morse (Jerome Cowan) lays blame with Dr. Ingred Naarveg's fuel formula. Janitors Moe, Larry and Curly Joe want to help her, and break into the laboratory at night to concoct their own special brand of fuel. Wrecking the lab in the process of pumping the fuel into the rocket, the Stooges find themselves on the run from Morse when he stumbles across their latest disaster. Hiding in the rocket, they accidentally launch themselves into space on a collision course with the planet Venus, where they find a giant flame-breathing tarantula, and a talking unicorn whom they befriend. But also waiting for them is a computer brain that controls the planet, which plans to create robot replicas of the Stooges and conquer the Earth.

The final reel finds the Stooges back on Earth to a heroes' welcome, and recreating the party scene from HOI POLLOI (1935).

If the voice of the unicorn sounds familiar to some, it's Dallas McKennon, the voice of 'Archie' (THE ARCHIES) and 'Gumby.'

Costar Robert Colbert ('Dr. Benson') is best known as star of the TV series THE TIME TUNNEL.

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Moe, Larry and Curly Joe
Release Date
August 01, 1959
Production Type
Feature Film
76.4 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   8556
Shooting Days:   13 days   From: 1959-05-18   To: 1959-06-01

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Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "Say, they made Moe really ugly, didn't they?""Oh I don't know, I think he's uglier in person."[smack!]
    (Curly Joe and Larry)

  • "Ain't he quaint?" "Ain't?! The word is Isn't!" "Isn't he quisn't?"
    (Larry & Moe)

  • "Watch what you're doin'. He's my friend." "Would you go halvies with him on everything?" "Coitainly." "Here's your half!" [clang!]
    (Larry & Moe)

Stooge Goofs   (9)
  • Audio error
    When Larry says "She's gonna lose her job", the end of his line is muted for some reason.

  • Bad dubbing
    When Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe are climbing down the ladder in the spaceship, for some strange reason, they dub in Curly's woo-woo-woo's from another short.

  • Bad dubbing
    When the Stooges are climbing back inside the rocket the second time to get away from the boss, for some reason, they dub in Moe saying "I'm caught! Help me! I'm caught!" from later in the film (when he gets stuck in the bird cage).

  • Bad dubbing
    Similar to the "bad dubbing" goof in OUT WEST: when Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe are yelling as they're being dropped out of the bird cage, you can hear Shemp yelling as well. This is because they dubbed in the Stooges' yells from a Shemp short.

  • No mouth movement
    When the monkey jumps on top of Moe and Larry, you hear one of them yelling, but neither of their mouths are moving.

  • Prop mishap
    When Curly Joe is pouring salt into the big tub of chemicals, he almost accidentally drops the whole jar of salt in the tub. Moe was in the middle of saying something as Curly Joe's goof happened, so Moe was kinda distracted for a moment.

  • Replayed shot
    When Larry is trying to find his lost shoe on the dance floor, after he gets kicked on the head, that same shot of him getting kicked is accidentally (?) replayed in reverse. This might have been intentional, though.

  • Visible shadows
    When the camera first shows Moe adding chemicals into that big tub, you can see the shadow on the tub of somebody (maybe the cameraman) walking up, then backing away. Likewise, when Curly Joe is sitting down and trying to cross his legs, on the bottom of the screen, you can see a shadow of somebody behind the camera for a few seconds.

  • Visible wires
    When Larry floats in the rocket, you can see the wires lifting him.

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Fan Reviews   (7)
Posted 2010-05-23 00:51:28 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2015-01-15 17:45:50 by Shemp_Diesel

Straddling the line between average & below average stooge shenanigans. The outer space plot was done much better in The Three Stooges in Orbit. Some of the rehashed gags were merely okay, such as the plumbing scenes & the closing moments at the fancy party which mirror Hoi Polloi. The whole planet Venus business with the talking unicorn & the mad robot played like bad children's fare--but of course, the stooges of the late 50s and 1960s were pegged as being nothing more than "children's entertainers". A problem they didn't have when making the 2-reelers that made them legends.

5 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2014-12-11 02:14:09 by Porfle Popnecker

Funny how the last ten-fifteen minutes of so (that is, the party scene derived from "Hoi Polloi") gives us an indication of what it might have looked like had Joe Derita been involved in the Stooges' final Columbia shorts. He was a serviceable third Stooge at best, but had less comedy talent and personality than Joe Besser.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2008-08-13 20:11:57 by DocWatson

This was snuck in on an old TBS marathon of mostly great shorts. It was the obligatory Joe DeRita entry. I thought that Joe DeRita worked much better than Joe Besser, and some of his stuff with them is truly priceless (His recreation of the Maha routine that Curly invented they did on the Steve Allen show was as great). Other times, they look lost and old.

This time, it's really neither. What kills this is the excruciatingly slow pace. For 76 minutes, which most movies aren't even close to being that short, this movie plods along like a four hour documentary on grass growing. Alot of funny bits are made useless by the plodding manner in which they are executed. Not a must see, but if you can tolerate the pace, go for it.

2 out of 4 from me.

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2003-07-30 22:34:00 by Del Lord
This picture was clearly made to cash in on the Stooges' sudden resurgence in popularity, and, sad to say, it's not very good. In spite of some ressurected routines, and a fairly good supporting cast (Anna-Lisa does quite well with her role) the whole thing just kind of sits there. The pacing is off, and the story moves far too slowly. Some of the mayhem on hand is presented in too-tightly framed shots (specifically, the scene with the picks-and-shovels). DeRita tries to get off a couple off half-assed Curlyesque noises, and fails miserably. Moe looks worse here than he did in films made a couple of years later. The only one who seems about right is Larry, and that's probably because
his charachter was so non-descript by that time it had almost ceased to exist! All in all, a missable effort.

Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Posted 2001-04-29 17:00:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-07-01 19:41:00 by Stooge
A bad start off to the DeRita era. A lot of weak and sappy parts, especially with the talking unicorn. The only good parts are the plumbing and party scenes, even though both of them are rehashes of A PLUMBING WE WILL GO and HOI POLLOI.

TTS IN ORBIT did much better with the outer space plot.

Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Posted 2002-04-07 06:00:00 by Mike Holme
There seem to be a lot of re-hashed routines in this one. There is a variation of the "maze-of pipes" gag from "A Plumbing We Will Go" and in the party sequences Curly-Joe does the "spring attached to the butt" gag previously done in "Hoi Polloi", "Three Little Sew And Sews", and "An Ache In Every Stake". Unfortunately the scenes on Venus are for the most part, pretty stupid. The gags that are redone are actually redone pretty well and there are a few new gags. A decent outing with our boys.2 1/2 pokesMike Holme
Posted 2001-05-09 12:21:00 by BeAStooge
The Venus sequences are bad kids' TV fare, but the rest of the film, especially the plumbing and party scenes are well done... a decent DeRita job.

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