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Average Rating:     [7.22/10]   38 votes


The Stooges' dying father reveals that they are really of noble blood: Larry is the Duke of Durham, Moe the Count of Fife... "and I the Count of Ten?" asks Curly. "No, you're Baron of Greymatter." They go to the court of Queen Anne to protect her from harm, but she's kidnapped while the Stooges put on a wrestling exhibition. The boys manage to escape execution, find the Queen being held captive in the wine cellars and hatch a plan to save the day.


Opening title music is "Entry of the Giants," by Louis Silvers; see The Three Stooges Journal # 87 (Fall 1998).

The castle sets were originally built for THE BLACK ROOM (1935) starring Boris Karloff.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
February 20, 1935
Production Type
Short Subject
16.5 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   160
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1934-12-19   To: 1934-12-22

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 6.00)
Face Slaps: 20 Eye Pokes: 4 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (7)
  • "All for one!" "One for all!" "Every man for himself!"
    (Larry, Moe and Curly)

  • "And what were you doing in Paris?" "Oh, looking over the Parasites."
    (Geneva Mitchell & Curly)

  • "What'cha do with the Queen?!" "Maybe he trumped her." [Smack!]
    (Moe and Curly)

  • "Maybe they'll miss us." "That'll be an arrow escape."
    (Larry & Curly)

  • "And I, the Count of Ten?" "No, you are Baron of Grey Matter."
    (Curly & Walter Brennan)

  • "C'mon... even if we can't find the Queen, we can at least get a drink."

  • "Queenie, he's got the strongest feet in the kingdom."

Stooge Goofs   (9)
  • Curly Slipping
    When Curly goes back to one of the guards to snap his finger at him, he accidentally slips and falls on the ground.

  • Cut in Film
    There is a cut in the film when the stooges are untying the queen from in between the wine barrels.

  • Disappearing swords
    After the Stooges lose the sword fight and are led away by the guards, their swords are scattered all over the floor. Then Curly runs back, falls on the floor, and gloats at the guard. In the next shot when the guard chases Curly away, you can see that the swords have suddenly vanished!

  • Fixed Hat
    At the beginning when the Stooges show up from under the bed, Curly's hat looks like it's going to fall off, but in the next shot it's on correctly.

  • Larry's Hands
    When Curly elbows Larry on the head, Larry holds his head in pain, but in the next shot, his hands are suddenly on the ground.

  • Late Saluting
    When the Stooges salute the queen, Larry misses his cue and salutes a little too late.

  • Misleading Title!
    Despite the episode's title, the Stooges are not knights, but musketeers!

  • Missing Part
    In the part after the Stooges escape their execution, when they stop running, Moe is standing closest to the left side of the screen, with Larry in the middle and Curly on the right end. Then the camera shows a quick shot of a hand from above dropping a jug and when it goes back to the Stooges, Curly is suddenly standing at the left end of the screen, and he is bending over for some unknown reason.

  • Mistake in music
    As the opening music fades out, you can hear a faint squeak.

Stooge Routines   (6)
  • Heads or tails
    To decide which one of the Stooges has to do a hard task, the Stooges all flip a coin and decide that the odd man loses. When they're done, the third Stooge opens his hand, shows his coin, and says that he has "Tails". The other two lie and say they have "Heads" while still covering their coins, leaving the third Stooge as the odd man out.
    Also used in:  SOUP TO NUTS

  • Hot stake better than cold chop, A
    When the Stooges are given the choice to either have their heads chopped off or to be burned at the stake as their death, Curly decides to go with being burned at the stake. When the other Stooges ask why, he responds "A hot 'steak' is better than cold 'chop'!"
    Also used in:  THREE LITTLE PIRATES

  • One for all, all for one, every man for himself!
    MOE: All for one!
    LARRY: One for all!
    THIRD STOOGE: Every man for himself!

  • Parasites
    A Stooge says he was in Paris looking over the "Parasites".

  • Patty-cake
    Moe and Curly are playing patty-cake together and at the end, they slap each other on the head instead of their hands.
    Also used in:  YOU NAZTY SPY!

  • Throw her to the dogs
    When Moe says that he'll throw an attactive women to the dogs, the other two Stooges act like dogs.
    Also used in:  MERRY MAVERICKS

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • This was the first short to feature the triple slap --- it was used by the father in the opening scene.
    Source: RESTLESS KNIGHT (1935)
    Added by MR77100 on 2009-05-25 12:41:15
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (14)
Posted 2001-10-08 11:53:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-24 01:15:24 by Shemp_Diesel

Very funny beginning to this short with the boys & Walter Brennan as their father (Come close my sons so I may bless you). Pretty funny stuff when the boys enter the palace too (the Duke of Mixture, Fife of Drum and Baron of Brains). Unfortunately, once the execution scene starts the short begins to nosedive and the closing minutes with the stooges running around clubbing people are not very good either.

And the ending is totally unsatisfying--you're just left to wonder if the stooges ever did rescue the queen or not? Not one of the stooges better early efforts--but fortunately, some guy named Del Lord began directing with the next film.

5 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2010-07-15 12:17:32 by Final Shemp
Restless Knights starts off well then kind of has its ups and downs. It's a very uneven short. It could have been great, but it feels undercooked.
I like the Stooges antics in the wrestling ring. It's not the best their slapstick has to offer, but it's a mild serving. The attempted execution scene is a ball too (the apple bit is a nice touch). And the legendary battle cry…
"All for one!"
"One for all!"
"Every man for himself!"
Unfortunately, that gag is driven into the ground, which Curly saying something different every time. It was hilarious the first time, not so much afterwards. The short also suffers some laughless clusters, and it starts to bog down.
The ending is very anticlimactic and lacks any resolution at all. In fact, when you think about it, it's kind of a sour end, with the heroes knocked out somewhere in the castle and the main villain roaming free to take them prisoner all over again.
The short is just too much of a could-have-been for me. If they had waited until this script was ready, it could have been one of the greats.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 2 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2010-04-06 09:49:37 by [Deleted Member]

This short lacks in places, but the best part is when Moe and Larry mistakably knock out the queen. "Queeny!"

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2010-04-01 14:15:24 by Gritto RhumBoogie
A weak early short. The wrestling scene is not really that funny. 2.5 pokes.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2007-11-08 01:16:43 by skeit

I really like this one. I don't find that it bottoms out as it gets to the ending. The wrestling scene cracks me up everytime, especially Larry's jungle clothes and when Moe throws him. Interesting appearance by 3 time Oscar winner Walter Brennan. The Queen's guard is also very funny. The Paris sites line makes its first appearance here, I think. I always loved the "warm steak, cold chop" line.

One thing that really bugs me about this short is how when Curly gets the guards attention, they silently get up from the table without their fellow guards noticing that they've left. I can only suspend my disbelief so far I guess :)

3 pokes.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-09-06 09:26:00 by Genius In the Lamp
Edited 2005-10-18 10:40:21 by shemps#1
A funny, if inconsistent, short. The opening scene is funny, the wrestling scene was a hoot, and I liked the aborted execution. But some of the humour hasn't aged well ("Duke of Mixture"), there are a few dead spots, and the end is abrupt and unresolved. Still, the short has its moments that make it work inspecting.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2004-01-16 19:37:00 by Justin T
This starts out good but the ending kinda fizzled for me, the best part is the Moe and Curly Wrestling Match with Larry as the ref, gotta love the Tarzan look! That scene is a Stooge Classic. Also liked Moe's "parasites" line.3 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2003-11-01 11:13:00 by AndrewRB
I hate this short. The nobility titles are funny, but considering that they're the highlight, that's a problem. This could be the worst Curly short I've seen.

Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Posted 2000-07-25 03:56:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-30 00:26:00 by Stooge
A pretty good film, and the wrestling scene is my favorite part. Moe and Curly were great in that scene, but the funniest part was seeing what Larry was doing in the background of that scene. He also looked hilarious in that "Tarzan" outfit.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2003-04-07 03:38:00 by MeliaKira
Another of my favorites from the early days of Curly. And, one of Walter Brennan's first film roles.The wrestling scene is priceless: "Queenie, he's got the strongest feet in the kingdom !"

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-08-24 02:48:00 by [Deleted Member]
I like "Restless Kights". It has a real medieval feel to it. But then, so do the other shorts that take place in that time. I too love the triple-slap blessing. Larry's "That's a foul bet" line was also a riot, as was the other things you all mention. I like when Curly staggered backward after Moe and Larry accidentaly club him. Great short, but not excellent.ISLIPP, so dry the floor. ©2001
Posted 2001-08-23 15:27:00 by Mike Holme
I agree with Uncle Mortimer on this one. The wrestling scene was funny, but quite weird. The first five minutes of this short start real strong, but the rest starts to fall flat, and the ending left me hanging.2 1/2 pokes Mike HolmeEdited by - Mike Holme on 10/8/2001 8:17:40 PM

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2001-02-13 12:55:00 by Airdale
The wrestling scene was just plain old WEIRD! Even too weird for some stooge lovers. And Curly was still working on his woo-woo-wooing then(the woos didn't have their usual flow). But the gray matter bit is always a laugh!
Posted 2000-12-26 14:34:00 by Uncle Mortimer
This short is decent, but it bores me a little. I think it's because it comes off uneven and not paced as well as others. Most of this short makes ME restless.

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