Wee Wee Monsieur (1938)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Three Stooges play aspiring artists in this comic short. They're honing their craft in "Paris -- somewhere in France" (as the title card helpfully offers). The boys are no better at art and music than they were at the blue-collar jobs they had in their other films. They're eight months behind on the rent and the landlord is furious. In an attempt to escape his wrath, the Stooges dash into an office of the Foreign Legion. Believing that the organization is somehow related to the American Legion, they sign up for what they believe is passage home to America. In reality, they've been contracted for a term of service in the desert. Their commanding officer (Bud Jamison) orders them to keep guard over Captain Gorgonzola. Predictably, the captain is kidnapped by bandits almost immediately. Faced with the firing squad, the Stooges beg for a chance to rescue the captain. Because no white man has ever entered the chief's domain, the Stooges disguise themselves as a trio of Santa Clauses and manage to sneak their way in. When they encounter the chief's harem and start playing games with the girls, Curly gives their presence away. They escape from the bandits long enough to dress up as harem members and are able to knock the chief and his slave unconscious. Unfortunately, they take a wrong turn with the captain and end up in the lion's den. They're able to vanquish the beast and hook him up to a cart like a horse. The lion takes them back to headquarters.

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accident, foreign-legion, incompetence, kidnapping, military, outlaw [Western], rescue, victim