The Three Stooges Show

Season 1 Episode 3

Men In Black

Aired Daily 6:00 PM Sep 28, 1934 on AMC
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Episode Summary


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.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Stooges become doctors at a busy hospital.

    "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!" The immortal line (and highlight) from this immortal Stooges film. This film is off the wall and totally silly, and has a variety of both verbal and physical gags that range from hysterical (the DT Patient) to amusing (the operation on Dr. Graves) to lame and unfunny (the pippen jokes; they're beyond me). No Stooges really dominates the show here, so they all have equal opportunites to show off. Del Henderson and Jeanne Roberts provide great support and set up for plenty of gags. A fun and entertaining classic, but not quite the Stooges best.moreless
  • The Stooges are doctors turned loose in a hospital, where the lives of patients in Los Arms Hospital lie in their experienced hands.

    This short is a classic by all counts. The Stooges play doctors, one of the many professions they have played in their film career. Indeed this is a very funny short, and I am amazed that for a film as funny as this, there is not a big story line in it. The Stooges are geniuses though, because they are able to ad-lib on the spot, with great lead offs from Moe. The names of the medical instruments would be used in later stooges shorts, as well as one of my favorite gags: In a horizontal shot, you see Moe and Larry take off down one end of the hallway, and Curly down the opposite end. Moe whistles to him, and Curly "la lees" the same direction without care. Another great moment, just a side note, is Larry's "Let's plug him, and see if he's ripe!" This film should have one an Oscar.moreless
Dell Henderson

Dell Henderson

Dr. Graves

Guest Star

Jeanie Roberts

Jeanie Roberts

Hiccupping Nurse

Guest Star

Ruth Hiatt

Ruth Hiatt

Whispering Nurse

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goofs:

      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".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • 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!

  • NOTES (10)