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The Three Stooges Show

Season 6 Episode 2

We Want Our Mummy

Aired Daily 6:00 PM Feb 24, 1939 on AMC
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Episode Summary


The Stooges, who are detectives, are hired to find Professor Tuttle and the mummy of Egyptian King Rutentuten.

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  • The Stooges are hired to locate an Egyptology professor who has gone missing in the tomb of Pharoah Rootentootin.

    The Stooges investigate the royal Egyptian bloodline of Rootintootin and Queen Hotsy Totsy in this crazy scare comedy. This is notable occasion when verbal comedy and sight gags outweigh the physical punishment. "Tunis sandwiches" is a prime example from the short. Curly dominates the film, especially the ending in which he plays a mummy, and his "swimming" pantomine. The ending gag involving Dick Curtis pulling away Curly's wrapping to reveal a newspaper about the World Series is probably my favorite gag from the film. The Egypt sets are suprisingly impressive for a low budget Stooges comedy. One of the Stooges' best fright comedies.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The Stooges' cabfare to Egypt was $2,198.55.

    • The voice of the radio announcer and the voice of the "angry echo" are both done by Moe.

    • Although Moe and Larry originally wrap Curly's arms to his body with the mummy bandages, both of his arms are free later on.

    • When the alligator bites Curly, he is wearing the tiara from his mummy costume. His tiara is gone in the next shot.

    • When Jackson and his two henchmen fall into the well, the yell you hear is actually the Stooges' yell from earlier in the film.

    • When the alligator first crawls into the crypt, a freeze-frame is used for a few moments.

    • Blooper: When you see Curly's marriage, you can very clearly see a dark boarder around the picture frame as if the camera couldn't capture the entire view.

      Blooper 2: If the three archeologist thugs were such good archeologists, then they should of caught onto Curly dressing up as a fake mummy.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (The Stooges pass roadsigns for Cairo and Tunis.)
      Moe: We're nearly in Cairo. The tomb ought to be around here someplace.
      Curly: I'd rather go to Tunis, so we can have "tunis" sandwiches for lunch.

    • (Moe and Larry examine a mummy.)
      Moe: Hey! He's the real McCoy.
      Larry: McCoy? I thought his name was Rutentuten.

    • The Stooges: At your service night and day. If we don't get 'em, you don't pay. Excelsior!

    • (Curly is lost alone in the tomb)
      Curly: Moe! Larry! Where are you?
      Echo: Where are you?
      Curly: Hmm! An echo. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. I'm here, where are you?
      Echo: I'm here, where are you?
      Curly: I asked you first, where are you?
      Echo: (in a deep, menacing voice) None of your business.

    • Museum Curator: Gentlemen, you're hired. We're sending you to bring back the mummy of King Rutentuten. You leave immediately for Cairo.
      Curly: Say, I got an uncle in Cairo! He's a chiropractor! N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk!

    • Moe: I got an idea, we'll make a mummy out of you!
      Curly: I can't be a mummy, I'm a daddy!
      Larry: So you'll be a daddy mummy!
      Curly: Oh, that's different.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The second of two Stooges shorts to use a white background during the opening credits. The other is Flat Foot Stooges (1938).

    • Running time: 16 minutes 27 seconds

    • "We Want Our Mummy" is the first Stooge short to employ "Three Blind Mice" as the Stooges' official theme song (the song also appeared somewhat prematurely in 1938's "Flat Foot Stooges", due to some confusion in that short's release date. This version of "Three Blind Mice," often affectionately known as the 'sliding strings' version, would be used regularly until 1942's "What's the Matador?".


    • The scene where the thug in the mummy costume (Ted Lorch) slowly opens his eyes and begins moving behind Curly's back is parodying a scene in the horror classic The Mummy (1932) where the mummy of Imhotep (Boris Karloff) slowly comes to life while Norton (Bramwell Fletcher) is looking away.

    • The title is a play on a child's cry, "I want my Mommy!"