Men in Black (1934)
Director: Ray McCarey
Writer: Felix Adler
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Phyllis Crane, Charles Dorety, Billy Gilbert and Bud Jamison
Tagline: A TONIC for the “BLUES”!
The boys are recent graduates (because they’d been there too long) from a medical school sent to work at a hospital. There our guys respond to a variety of calls with the type of success/zaniness you’d expect.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Men in Black was the third Three Stooges short and the only one to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. (It was nominated for Best Short Subject – Comedy. If only it had won. Can you imagine future ads proclaiming The Stooges as Academy Award Winners?)
Curly forgot a line and adlibbed his famous “Woo-woo-woo” which would go on to become one of his trademark phrases. Men in Black also contains many bits that would often turn up in Stooges shorts – the boys going into a quick huddle; breaking a plate glass door window repeatedly as they run through/by; pulling objects (bicycles, a horse, a go-cart) out of a closet that are obviously too big to fit, etc.
Men in Black earns 5 of 5 stars.