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Average Rating:     [8.92/10]   38 votes


The Stooges are three Union spies who infiltrate the Confederate headquarters of General Butts. Their mission is to determine the enemy's positions and armaments, but manage to find the time to flirt with the General's daughter and her two lovely friends. Before long, the boys find themselves suspected by Major "Bloodhound" Filbert, who has a special skill in uncovering spies.

Dialogue makes reference to "Where is Operator 13?" OPERATOR 13 was an MGM Civil War drama released in 1934, costarring Ted Healy. The Stooges were still under contract at MGM, and Curly Howard had a small cameo as a Confederate soldier in that film. Costume and makeup test production stills of Curly in OPERATOR 13 exist, and one can be found in the 2006 Larry Fine biography One Fine Stooge by Steve Cox and Jim Terry.

Opening title music is an arrangement of "Dixie" and "John Brown's Body," by Louis Silvers; see The Three Stooges Journal # 88 (Winter 1998).

UNCIVIL WARRIORS was adapted for the first issue of The Three Stooges comic book series published by Jubilee Publications. Moe's son in-law Norman Maurer served as the comic's editor, writer and illustrater, with his partner Joe Kubert. The issue was released in February 1949. The comic book version is slightly different from its film counterpart, with the Stooges portraying Union spies named Lieutenant Al Mond, Captain Ches Nutt and Major Phil Bert. Moe, Larry and Curly are assigned to infiltrate General Cornligger's headquarters at Confederate Army Camp and liberate Operator 13, who turns out to be an attractive blonde named Miss Draindrop Ansby.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
April 26, 1935
Production Type
Short Subject
19.5 min.
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Production Notes   (3)
Working Title(s):   OPERATORS 12, 14 AND 15
Prod. No.:   165
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1935-03-13   To: 1935-03-18

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 3.25)
Face Slaps: 13 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (13)
  • "I got sick of the dough, and thought I'd go on the loaf."

  • "Well being as there's no other place around the place, I reckon this must be the place, I reckon."

  • "I baked a cake once, but it fell and killed the cat."

  • "What did you say the name of this cake was?" "Southern Comfort." "Tastes more like Southern Comforter."
    (Moe and Phyllis Crane)

  • "I used to work in a bakery as a pilot" "A pilot?" "Yeah. I used to take the bread from one corner and pilot in the other."
    (Curly and Phyllis Crane)

  • "Do you know what that paper was?" "Hot!"
    (Moe & Curly)

  • "How's yours taste?" "Like a mattress." "Want mine?" "I'm stuffed now!"
    (Moe & Curly)

  • "He's known as 'Bloodhound Filbert', and he can smell a spy a mile away." "I'm glad he can't smell 'em any closer."
    (Bud Jamison & Curly)

  • "Sounds like trouble..." "Sounds like Lieutenant Duck to me!"
    (Moe & Curly)

  • "A victim of coicumstance!"

  • "Duck, Dodge, Hyde!!"
    (James C. Morton)

  • I was lost, all by MYSELF!!

  • "Where is Operator 13?" "He swam across the river and died of Potomac poisoning."
    (James C. Morton & Curly)

Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Coughing in the Background
    When the general asks the Stooges if they remember their names, you can hear somebody coughing in the background.

  • Mouthing the Same Line
    At the end when James C. Morton's character says â€Å"I wonder what's become of Operators 12, 14, and 15”, the soldier standing to his left mouths that line at the same time.

  • Repeated Shot
    After the Stooges dash out of the house when their identies are revealed, you can see Major Filburt running out of the house after them, then the camera shows the Stooges running in the woods. When it cuts back to the outside of the house, Filburt runs out of it again.

  • Visible Wires
    You can see the wire that pulls up the cannon when the soldiers are â€Å"lifting” it, and also, the wirethat pulls the Stooges (or their dummies, rather) out of the cannon when they get blown out of it.

Stooge Routines   (8)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • This short was the Stooges debut of Ted Lorch.
    Source: Ted Lorch (cast database)
    Added by ProfessorStooge on 2010-06-07 11:30:30
    Status: Confirmed

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Fan Reviews   (11)
Posted 2010-04-08 18:37:30 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-11-28 16:53:49 by Shemp_Diesel

The stooges were certainly on a roll during this period right after Del Lord began directing, with every short starting with Pop Goes the Easel and onward being a certifiable hit.

"Do you know what that paper was?"


8 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2010-07-15 12:26:07 by Final Shemp
Uncivil Warriors is a lot of fun, and one of the better shorts that came out of the trio in 1935.
There's a lot to laugh at here, as the Stooges go to absurd lengths to hide their identities. Curly is in top form throughout the short, and gives the short such memorable highlights such as his burning of the information they've received by lighting a cigarette and dressing up in drag disguised as Moe's wife.
The short drags a little toward the middle during an overlong gag in which the Stooges eat a cake accidentally made out of a pillow, and start coughing up feathers. It has its moments, but it probably should have ended about a minute earlier than it did.
The Civil War setting suits our boys very well and they'll definitely rock the house every time they're in soldier uniform. I gotta give this one high marks. It's too much fun.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 3 1/2 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2010-06-13 19:51:20 by benjilbum
This one is absolutly one of their best. For funny dialog (to me anyway) it IS their best. Too many funny lines to quote here, but they all work. Its also somewhat weird and surreal in spots, which I always love. Stooge films are moving surrealism, mostly because they routinely violate the laws of physics and human phyisology. But this one (and many others of course) show they were masters of funny dialog as well as physical comedy. In other words, they could do it all. "Walks like athisa."

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2010-05-07 22:11:51 by Bud_Jamison
This an absolute classic!! One of Bud's greatest performances. Many fond childhood memories laughing along with this. I think I'll have a little nip & tuk right now!!!

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2007-11-10 23:36:08 by Justin T
Edited 2007-11-11 13:35:59 by Justin T

I just watched this one for the first time in awhile on the new DVD set and I have to say its one of the best early Curly shorts!

I'm a Civil War buff, so I really get a kick out of seeing the Stooges in this setting. There are alot of great jokes and lines in this one, esp Curly about working in a bakery. I love it when the do the "Southern Gentlemen" stuff and the Charlie gag is always fun. And of course the feathers in the cake gag is hilarious, no wonder they reused it again in later shorts.

But I LOVE when the Confederate played by Ted Lorch tries to expose the Stooges as Union Spies, I just bust a gut when Larry comes in pretending to be Moe's dad with that gruff voice of "Where is my son?!" then Curly as his wife and the baby gag, while some my not consider PC these days, is still funny in my book.

A great short, 4 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2003-02-18 04:42:00 by Bruckman
Edited 2006-03-24 16:35:24 by shemps#1
It's always amusing to hear the Stooges do their "Southern Gentlemen" voices (a throwback to their stage days w/Healy). Ostensibly a spoof of MGM's Marion Davies feature OPERATOR 13, this film bears more than a passing resemblance to two other Civil War comedies, Keaton's THE GENERAL and the flashback scenes in Harold Lloyd's GRANDMA'S BOY. For some reason, the gagwriters seemed to think putting Curly into female garb was a surefire laugh- getter in these earlier efforts; at least 3 of the 1935 Stooge shorts see Curly impersonating a woman. The sequence where Moe must contend with Curly and Larry and a baby as his "family" is nicely paced and one of the more offbeat sight gags (typical of this early period) have the Stooges fording a stream on a horse equipped with anchor and life preserver.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2002-01-10 03:54:00 by waynesworld
The bit about "Charlie the man with the limp, he walks like thisa" was used in FROM NURSE TO WORSE as well wasn't it? Wasnt it also used in UNCIVIL WARBIRDS TOO? Great short!
Posted 2002-01-09 22:35:00 by BJR
For some reason I had always thought of this short as mediocre, but tonight it aired on AMC, and suddenly I realized what I was missing out on by not watching it when it came on! Gosh, this is probably one of the top five shorts!Before I get into the various funny parts, I will say this: there is one part that is PAINFULLY FUNNY in this short, where I couldn't catch my breath during the entire scene, where the boys are hacking up all the fluff from the "cake" (watch it to find out what I'm talking about). It's very similar to the "fish scene" in COMMOTiON ON THE OCEAN, but is combined with a much better short overall.I have always been a huge Moe fan, and have seen the second and third Stooges mainly as useful for objects of Moe's agression and punishment. But I must say, Curly takes the cake in this short. His performance in the kitchen/baking scene is genious, and his "Well if this is the place, I reckon it must be the place, I reckon... nyuk nyuk nyuk!" line had me rolling on the floor!The funniest single moment in the film for me was Curly's ridiculous use of the southern accent in one of the two "Charlie walks like this" scenes, where the guard asks him who Charlie is, and he responds slowly and in an unusually low voice, "He walks like-uh this-uh." It's definitely my favorite line from Curly of all time, just listen to the way he says it!Most of the comedy in this one came from making fun of southerners, which the Stooges do darn well! Still, the "barfing" scene is nonstop hysterical laughter for two minutes. The general asks Moe what he thinks they should do, and he says, "well, uh," and then suddenly hacks up a huge mass of fluff all over the guy! Just watch the general's reaction! Larry and Curly proceed to begin upchucking too, until finally it is complete chaos with the boys stumbling around the room and barfing up so much fluff you can't see anything. Finally, they lie on the floor and huge fountains of white fluff are spewing up about 10 feet!Absolutely hysterical. I may change my mind, but this just may be the best Curly short of all time, up there with my favorite short of all, GOOF ON THE ROOF and THREE DARK HORSES.Rating: 9.5/10 pokes
Posted 2001-10-21 16:25:00 by [Deleted Member]
I liked the scene close to the beginning where the Stooges introduce themselves. They do these nutty little hand motions and sounds to go along with their self-introductions.

What an ingenious couple of gags- "Charlie walks like this" and Curly's "Union underwear" line. Both were good ways to get out of sticky situations.

Larry did a good job in his "Where's my son?" scene and Curly did a good job in his "What have you done with my child?" scene.

This isn't oe of the best shorts, but if it's one of the worst, then I'm Bullwinkle the moose.

ISLIPP today, you slide tomorrow. ©2001
Posted 2001-10-10 12:07:00 by BuffaloBillius
This is, in my opinion, the greatest stooge short ever. When Curly is doing that side stroke in the ditch full of water, i've never laughed so hard before. I give this 4 pokes. Its the best.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-03-01 20:41:00 by NicktoBarada
I always get a kick out of the one-liners in this short. Also, watch Larry in the cake-eating scene when the woman says, "Maybe you'd better have my cake." The face he makes is PRICELESS! Or how about Larry's line, "HOW IS MY SON?" For some reason, that always cracks me up. Have a nip and tuck!

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