Larry, Moe and Curly are working at a hospital for duty and humanity. They respond to each call only to find the hospital has a few more nuts than expected, from a man who sees things to a nurse with the hiccups. Later, their boss is in need of surgery to get the combination of a safe out, so the boys decide to operate. Comedy ensues through every mode of transportation, every glass broken, and every response from the PA system.moreless
As the people are clearing out of the hallway as Moe and Larry rush them out, it cuts to the next shot, and all the people are gone suddenly.
When Moe gets off the horse, he accidentally kicks Larry in the back.
After the Stooges all say "My girl" at the same time, Larry looks at Moe, but in the next shot, he's looking at Curly.
When Dr. Graves is ordering the Stooges to go to room 81, Larry is standing still, right beside Graves, then in the next shot, he's already halfway outside the door.
When the janitor sees the Stooges rushing towards Dr. Graves' office, he kindly shatters the glass on the door to let the boys jump through. Moe and Larry jump through, but Curly instead begins to open the doorknob like his usual brainless self, then there is a sudden cut to the interior shot of the office and Curly is already inside the room.
When Moe sees the doctor's stethoscope, he says "Gimme that s...that thing there." It sounds like he almost said "stethoscope" but remembered that he was actually just supposed to refer to it as "that thing".
Crazy patient: That is the momentous question! I once asked Hamlet, and he made this suggestion; he said "go for a walk" and I met a dog!
Dr. Graves: Don't let that body out of 84 until the bill is paid.
Larry: I ain't got no body!
Crazy patient: Look! Great, big, giant, green canaries!
(The Stooges discover they have a telegram.)
Moe: Who's it from?
Delivery boy: It's from a dame by the name of Nellie.
The Stooges: My girl!
Doctor: She's in a coma.
Female patient: I am not! I'm in a bed!
Dr. Graves: When you hear your call come over the loudspeaker, rush immediatly to answer, as seconds mean lives!
Hospital callboard: Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!
Moe: Shut up.
Hospital callboard: Shut up yourself!
Moe: Why are we all whispering?
Nurse: I don't know why you're whispering, but I lost my voice asking for a raise.
Curly: That's a pippin!
Nurse: Oh, I know what a pippin is.
Larry: You do, eh? What's a pippin?
Nurse: A pippin is an apple with its skin on the outside.
Moe: (just about at the breaking point) Did you ever see an apple with its skin on the inside?
Nurse: Oh, sure I did!
Larry: (astonished) You did? Where?
Nurse: In homemade apple pie.
(The Stooges faint in surprise.)
Woman: (seeing the Stooges) Gee, the joint is haunted.
Curly: How old are you?
Woman: I'm 35.
Curly: Naw, you couldn't get that fresh in thirty-five years!
Nurse: Should I give him some more sodium amatol?
Larry: Nah. Give him a Coca-Cola.
(Dr. Graves rises up)
Dr. Graves: No. Schnapps.
(Curly hits Dr. Graves in the head with a hammer)
Dr. Graves: (As he falls back) Oooh.
Dr. Graves: How'd you find the patient in room 86?
Moe: Under the bed.
Dr. Graves: How'd you find the patient in room 72?
Larry: Up on a chandelier.
Dr. Graves: What did you do for him?
Curly: Nothin'! What did he ever do for us?
Dr. Graves: (angrily) What are you working here for?
Stooges: For duty and humanity!
Curly: Pardon me while I laugh. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...
Moe: Take this carriage out.
Larry: I'll take it when I'm ready!
Moe: Are you ready?
Larry: Yeah, I'm ready.
(A repeated line heard several times throughout the film.)
Dispatcher: Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard!
(Moe's holding the phone receiver)
Curly: Hey, there's nobody on your line.
Moe: I know, but I'm expecting a call.
Larry: Doctor, we're mighty proud of you. You've done a wonderful thing for humanity, and when we leave here, we're going right down to the president's office and...
Curly: We won't say a word about it!
Voice on hospital PA: Calling Dr Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr Howard. Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard
(Moe shoots the voice box)
Voice on hospital PA: Ohhhhhhh, they got me.
The Three Stooges: For duty and humanity!
The Stooges were actually cut by flying glass in one of the scenes where they shatter Dr. Graves' door.
Midget comic "Little Billy" Rhodes, appears in drag as the little girl patient. He would later appear with the Stooges in You Nazty Spy! (1940).
A colorized version of this short was released on the Goofs on the Loose DVD.
Running time: 18 minutes 02 seconds
The renowned comedian Billy Gilbert (the mental patient) makes his first appearance with the Stooges. He would also appear with the Stooges in Pardon My Scotch (1935).
The opening title music is called I Thought I Wanted You. It is unique to both Men in Black and the previous short, Punch Drunks.
This short was the basis for the "Hospital" option in the Three Stooges video game.
This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Comedy Short Subject, but lost to the Technicolor musical short La Cucaracha (1934).
All of the bizarre medical terminology for their surgical instruments was ad-libbed by The Stooges.
Filming Dates: 8-29 thru 9-1-1934 (4 days)
The title is a spoof of the popular medical drama film, Men in White (1934).
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