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Moe, Larry and Curly filmed a scene for this wartime feature on April 18, 1943, performing the old burlesque routine "Niagara Falls." The bit, along with a song by Nan Wynn, were scripted as a lunchbreak entertainment show for shipyard workers. The scenes were cut before YATES' release, but Jules White saved the Stooges' footage and used it one year later in GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944).

Beloved military school instructor Oliver Yates enlists, after arranging for his teaching deferrment to be waived. But he is quickly disappointed to learn that a punctured eardrum classifies him as 4-F. Not wanting to let down the young cadets who look up to him, he perpetrates a hoax with the help of boyhood friend Joe Briggs, allowing them to think he's in boot camp. Meanwhile he takes a job in the Long Beach shipyards, and begins treatments to heal his ear in the hope that he can reenlist and pass a new physical. But his "white lie" hoax backfires when the cadets learn he's not in the Army, and his rival Charlie Edmonds (Tom Neal) for the affections of Ruth Jones (Claire Trevor) becomes convinced that Ollie is either AWOL or a Nazi spy. Soon, Ollie learns that the cadets' faith in him isn't all that's at risk, when Charlie begins organizing the shipyard workers into a lynch mob.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
June 29, 1943
Columbia Pictures
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Feature Film
69 min.

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