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The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 15 February 1962 (USA)
Three goofy druggists travel back to Ancient Greece on a milquetoast inventor's time machine.

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (screenplay), Norman Maurer (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moe Howard ... Moe
Larry Fine ... Larry
Joe DeRita ... Curly Joe
Vicki Trickett ... Diane Quigley
Quinn K. Redeker ... Schuyler Davis (as Quinn Redeker)
George N. Neise ... Ralph Dimsal / King Odius
Samson Burke Samson Burke ... Hercules
Marlin McKeever Marlin McKeever ... Ajax and Argo, The Siamese Cyclops (as The McKeever Twins)
Mike McKeever Mike McKeever ... Ajax and Argo, The Siamese Cyclops (as The McKeever Twins)
Emil Sitka ... Shepherd / Refreshment Man
Hal Smith ... King Theseus Of Rhodes
John Cliff ... Ulysses
Lewis Charles ... Achilles The Heel
Barbara Hines Barbara Hines ... Anita
Terry Huntingdon Terry Huntingdon ... Hecuba
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Storyline

Three druggists travel with a Milquetoast inventor, Schuyler, and his girlfriend, Diane, to ancient Greece on a newly invented time machine. There, the evil tyrant, Odius, takes a shine to the woman and has the guys enslaved as galley rowers using the excuse of the three druggists helping a rebel leader, Ulysses, escape. The rigors of the rowing pump Schuyler up into a muscleman with strength comparable to Hercules himself, who is in the employ of Odius. The threesome get the idea of raising money by promoting Schuyler as Hercules for a series of physical contests. Using a combination of his great strength and, a judicious use of a large supply of potent tranquilizers Curly-Joe brought with him, Schuyler is a success. However, this leads to trouble when the real McCoy learns about the imposter. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film of The Three Stooges written and produced by Norman Maurer, who was the son-in-law of Moe Howard. Maurer had written and drawn the Three Stooges comic book for many years before branching into films. See more »

Goofs

In the dungeon, actors' shadows are cast on the matte painting of the corridor. See more »

Quotes

Curly Joe: But we're outnumbered.
Moe: You're outbrained too, but we have to try anyhow.
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Filmed in glorious black and white See more »

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Spoofs Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Truly funny
14 November 2005 | by ShadowJackSee all my reviews

I came to this film NOT a big fan of the stooges. Having said that I laughed myself silly at it. Unlike a typical Stooges short, it has a plot, actual jokes, and some interesting casting. Though they are long in the tooth in this film, they perform admirably. Keeping their fine physical humor (which doesn't usually send me, but it is well used here) and adding some fun word play and situational humor.

The supporting cast is quite able and the production qualities are higher than I normally associate with the stooges work.

I ran across this while waiting at my doctor's office for some paperwork and stayed around to see how it all worked out. I laughed out loud in public several times. I will seek it out, as I own, nor have been interested in owning anything by the Stooges. This may be among their best work. This is one I'll buy.

Good stuff.


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