No Dough Boys (1944)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick, Spy Comedy  |  
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During WWII, many Three Stooges shorts were more than just a little propaganda-laden. It may be painful now to watch the Japanese stereotypes and jokes, but at the time Americans found it necessary to drum up as much hatred as possible for their adversaries. Here, the Stooges are playing Japanese soldiers in a commercial. They are given but a 15-minute lunch break, not enough time to change their costumes, so they head for a diner in their uniforms. This unnerves the diner's owner, who has just read a news item about a Japanese sub which has been sunk off the coast. Three of the crew have escaped, and while the Stooges' makeup wouldn't fool anybody with common sense, the owner is convinced they are the spies. He battles the Stooges, who fight back and dash into a house with a secret panel. Behind the panel is a Nazi spy (Vernon Dent) and his three female helpers (one of them is Christine McIntyre). They know right away that the Stooges are not the spies, but they let them stick around, hoping to find out what they want. At the spies' request, the Stooges perform a wild acrobatic act. Eventually the real Japanese crew shows up and a fracas ensues. After a lengthy battle, the Stooges emerge victorious. They rip off the clothes of the unconscious Nazi spy to reveal that he is wearing long underwear with a swastika print.

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actor, commercials, Japanese [nationality], misunderstanding, Nazi, spy