April 26 / Prod. No. 165 / 20
m / d Del Lord / st
scr Felix Adler / ph
John Stumar / e Charles
Hochberg / C: Ted Lorch (Colonel Filbert),
Lew Davis (Bit Orderly), Marvin Loback (Bit Colonel), Billy Engle (Bit
Captain), Ford West (Lt. Colonel), Si Jenks (Major), Bud Jamison (General
Butts), Phyllis Crane (Judith), Celeste Edwards (Clementine), Lou Archer
(Goofy Soldier), James C. Morton (Northern General), Charles Dorety,
Heinie Conklin, Jack Kenny (Bit Soldiers), Hubert Diltz, Charles Cross,
Geo. Gray, Jack Rand, Harry Keaton, (Bit Soldiers) and Wes Warner (Stuntman)
In this Civil War related short
a Northern General summons three undercover agents, Operators 12 (Larry),
14 (Moe), and 15 (Curly), to pose as Southern officers. They are assigned
the names of Lietenant Duck, Capt. Dodge, and Major Hyde. Their mission
is to recover enemy secrets from Colonel Butts's in his southern mansion.
The Stooges start getting familiar with the Colonel's daughter, Judith,
and Curly offers to help frost a layer cake. While focusing more on
Judith than the cake, he frosts a quilted potholder, resulting in
an episode of coughing feathers after everyone has eaten the cake.
Later, to avoid discovery, Larry and Curly leave the room at separate
moments to return disguised as Moe's father and mother. Mr. and Mrs.
Dodge. Their masquerade is successful until they are asked the whereabouts
of their new baby. In desperation, and in an attempt to remain incognito
Curly throws a over-dramatic fit over where her baby is. Moe, adding
to the drama, dashes outside and steals the first baby that he can
get his hands on. Moe finds one alright, only it turns out to be black.
Did you know that the close-up of Curly's
"baby" was originally cut from TV prints?
4 (W 3/13 to F 3/15, and M 3/18/35) FN:
the characters of Duck, Dodge, and Hyde were supposed to be called Greps,
Burp, and Belch. The "Coughing Up Feathers" gag was redone
in Three Hams on Rye (9/7/50). "Charlie, the Guy with the
Goofy Limp" bit was revived in From Nurse to Worse (8/23/40)
and Hold That Lion (7/17/47).