The Three Stooges Show

Season 7 Episode 9

Boobs in Arms

Aired Daily 6:00 PM Dec 27, 1940 on AMC
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Episode Summary


The Stooges mistakenly join the Army when they are running from a jealous husband, that the Stooges were hired to make jealous. Ironically, once they are in the Army, the jealous husband turns out to be their new Sergeant. They are sent to war and are accidently gassed by their own laughing gas bomb. The enemy captured them and the Stooges let them have it when they are still dopped up on all the gas.


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  • The Stooges, on the run from a nasty man, accidentally enlist in the army, and discover that he is their new commander.

    "Everything happens to me!!" cries Richard Fiske, who is probably best remembered for his part as the mean sargent in this film. His chemistry with the Stooges, notably the army drill scene is astouding. Much of this short is unoriginal, the first reel reworked almost exactly from Laurel and Hardy's "The Fixer Uppers". But this film is far superior in almost every respect. The battle scenes, mainly the loading of the cannon and the final duel in the enemy headquarters, are silly and full of energy, and make for lots of violent slapstick fun. An instant Stooges classic. You will never look at war the same way again.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Mrs. Dare begins to reach for her handkerchief even before she is supposed to start crying.

    • When Sgt. Dare brings the hose over to the bayonet bags, he only inserts it into Curly's bag. A couple of seconds later, Moe spits some water on him. But if Dare never placed the hose in Moe's bag, where did Moe get the water?

    • When Curly's head becomes stuck in the cannon, his hands are down at his side, but in the next shot, his hands are on the side of the barrel and he is trying to pull himself free.

    • Some of the enemy commander's lines don't match his mouth movements.

    • After Curly calls the woman on the street a "snobbess", there is a sudden cut in the film. This cut causes Larry to suddenly change position.

    • When Sgt. Dare tells the Stooges "I'm going to make soldiers out of you guys rather you like it or not!", Curly can be seen pulling an apple out of his pocket. The apple disappears in the next shot with no explanation.

    • When the water shoots out of Mrs. Dare's ears, Moe has to move a little bit to be in the path of the oncoming water, instead of it hitting him directly in the face like it should have.

  • QUOTES (12)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Some of the WWI battle scene were stock footage from the Best Picture winning classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).

    • The working title was "All This and Bullets Too", a parody of the 1940 film All This and Heaven Too.

    • One of the recurring signs in this short read "Join The Army And See The World-Or What's left of it."

    • Running time: 17 minutes 55 seconds

    • Columbia Pictures placed the Stooges in an unnamed army with military uniforms consisting of Zorro hats and tan uniforms with sergeant chevrons worn upside down to the American way; they are also armed with Civil War type muskets instead of modern rifles. Perhaps these uniforms deliberately do not resemble those of the U.S. Army because the finale takes place in a war.

    • The drill sergeant training segment was recycled in the 1943 short Dizzy Pilots. This was probably done as a cost-cutting measure.


    • The title is a parody of the title of the 1939 MGM film Babes in Arms based on the Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers musical. The working title was "All This and Bullets Too", a parody in itself of the title of the Warner Bros. film All This and Heaven Too.

    • The gag of trying to make a husband jealous by romancing his wife is lifted from Laurel and Hardy's Slipping Wives (1927) and The Fixer-Uppers (1935).