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SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES

Adaptation of the children's Snow White tale, with an exception... instead of the Seven Dwarves, we have The Three Stooges. Too faithful an adaptation, the Stooges are given little opportunity for 'stoogery," resulting in a sappy, big-budget dud.

Upon the King's death, the Queen (Patricia Medina) takes control of the Kingdom with the help of her wizard aide Count Oga, and imprisons her stepdaughter Snow White. Several years earlier, the Queen arranged for Hordred the Archer (Buddy Baer) to kill the bordering kingdom's Prince Charming, to void his promised betrothal to Snow White. But the Prince was rescued by three travelling medicine show hawkers (Moe, Larry & Curly Joe), and Hordred kept his failure a secret from the Queen. Stricken with amnesia, the Prince was adopted by the Stooges and spent several years travelling with them as ventriloquist and magician, Quatro the Magnificent.

Returning to present-day, the Queen is threatened by Snow White's beauty and orders Hordred to kill her as well, but the archer frees her and tells Snow White to flee the kingdom. She meets the Stooges, and Snow White and Quatro fall in love. During a performance at the castle, the Queen discovers that Charming and Snow White are still alive, and orders the deaths of them and the Stooges. The Stooges escape with the Princess, and thinking that Quatro has been killed, take refuge in a high mountain cabin. But with the help of Oga and his magics, the Queen discovers their hideaway, and plots to kill Snow White herself. Meanwhile, Prince Charming has regained his memory, and organizes the kingdom's citizens into a coup against the Queen and Oga.

Filmed in CinemaScope and TechniColor.



Carol Heiss earned a figure-skating Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympics; the film's ice-skating backdrops were designed to showcase her talents.

Academy Award winner Martin Landau (ED WOOD, TUCKER, television's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) auditioned for the role of Count Oga; that audition footage was included on Fox's "Hidden Hollywood" DVD.

Reknowned voice artist Mel Blanc is the voice of Quinto the puppet. Patricia Medina was married to Joseph Cotten (CITIZEN KANE, NIAGARA).

Animation and comedy director Frank Tashlin was originally slated to direct SNOW WHITE.

Walter Lang directed the Stooges once before, in MEET THE BARON (1933 MGM), and went on to become one of Hollywood's greatest musical directors with THE KING & I (1955) among his credits. Personal problems led to a career slide by 1960; although SNOW WHITE was a big-budget project, it was a far cry from the calibre of Lang's prior projects.

Costar Edson Stroll (McHALE'S NAVY) was interviewed in The Three Stooges Journal # 108 (Winter 2003).

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly Joe
Release Date
June 21, 1961
Studio
20th Century-Fox
Production Type
Feature Film
Duration
107.4 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   887
Shooting Days:   43 days   From: 1960-12-12   To: 1961-02-23

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Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "You're better than we ever were." "Yeah, but he cheats... he's got brains."
    (Moe & Curly Joe)

  • "I love you just as you are, all three of you." "Gee, only our mother ever said that without laughing in our faces."
    (Carol Heiss & Larry)

  • "That last lot of onions you sent us, even a pig wouldn't eat!" "Maybe you just weren't hungry."
    (Herbie Faye & Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Forced Perspective Revealed
    During Snow White's birthday party-on-ice, a large "swan-sleigh" appears and glides over to Snow White laden with gifts. When the swan-sleigh enters the ice, it is near the back of the rink where a painting of a castle-like building is in the background. The sleigh appears larger than it really is due to the forced perspective of the painting (to make the castle appear off in the distance). As the sleigh glides forward onto the rink, and eventually in front of Snow White, it "shrinks" into proper perspective.

  • Prison Bars?
    After the wicked queen condemns Snow White to a prison cell, her faithful guard vows to watch over her 'til she's freed. Yet, in the brief scene where Snow White thanks the guard for his loyalty, a view of the cell window is offered. The window bars do not span across or up-and-down the window, but end after a few short inches in spear-tips. Although dramatic in appearance, there appears to be enough room between the bars for Snow White to exit the cell through the window!

  • Visible Wire
    When the transformed-into-a-witch queen flys out the window, the wire used to lift her off the ground and out the window is visible.

  • Who's Driving the Wagon?
    After the Stooges rescue the young Quatro from the ruffian, they decide to beat it out of town. While traveling, all three revive the unconscious boy ... whose driving the wagon?


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Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2008-08-13 20:16:38 by DocWatson

I wish I had never sat through this... I wonder what Curly and Shemp thought of their brother and good friend as they looked down from comedy heaven... They hopefully only did this for the money. This is the absolute worst feature length Stooge short of all time, and it's worse than the worst of the shorts, because they were mercifully 15 minutes when they were bad.

It's just a complete waste of your time, my time, and even the Stooges time. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!

BOMB!!!!! out of 4 from me.


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Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2003-09-02 13:38:00 by shemps#1
This film embodies the Stooges of the 1960's with Joe Derita: watered down, lame, boring, unfunny kiddie fare. Sure this film had a periodical chuckle here and there, but 2 minutes out of 107 does not make for a good film. As an aside, looking at Moe during these final years reminds me of Warwick Davis from the Leprechaun films.

Recommended for use when euthanising old pets, and you never really liked the pet to begin with.

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Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-04-28 17:04:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-07-01 19:50:00 by Stooge
This is a THREE STOOGES movie??!! I would've hardly noticed. This whole movie is a bore! The boys appear in just about 50% of the film, and even the scenes with them are dull. The Stooges' act was toned down to almost nothing by this time just to it can be suitable for children. BIG MISTAKE!! The only use-of violence in this short is when Moe bops Curly-Joe on the head - that's it! One measly bop on the head, and even that looked fake. I can't believe a great writer like Elwood Ullman wasted time co-writing this. The first time I watched this when I got the tape for my birthday 2 years ago, I found myself fast forwarding through almost the whole movie, then the next day I promised myself I would watch the whole movie but ended up falling alseep after only a few minutes!

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Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2002-02-11 20:54:00 by Shemp_Diesel
I hear Moe once referred to this as the technicolor terror. This film has a few moments that get a few chuckles out of me(the boys in the book & the stooges peddling Yuk in the town square). The rest is an absolute bore that's only interesting as a morbid curiosity for those who have yet to see it. 1 1/2 pokes

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Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-11-05 18:54:00 by Nicole
When I saw this a couple of months ago, and I was shocked by it. This was the first feature-length movie of the Derita years I have seen, other than FOUR FOR TEXAS. I KNOW it's supposed to be a kids movie but they COULD have had SOME slapstick. If the kids were able to watch the shorts without totally killing each other, then ONE slap wouldn't have mattered.
Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-09-24 18:52:00 by Dunrobin
I watched this all the way through, today, for the first time since it was released when i was a kid. I have to admit that it was better than I expected. The trick is to enjoy the movie as a decent, old-fashioned kids film, and not as a "Stooges" film, and then Moe, Larry and Curly Joe's performances don't seem so lame.Still, if you're looking for typical Stooges slapstick, then don't bother with this film! Dunrobin (the Webmaster)"If at first you don't suceed, keep on suckin' til ya do suck seed! Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!" - Curly Howard ("Movie Maniacs," 1936)

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Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-08-26 20:07:00 by jercel77
This movie had some violent scenes too bad non of them were with the stooges. A witch smashing in a mountain side, a man falling in a barrel of boiling water, prince hit with an arrow, men stabbed with swords, a man stretched in admitting something. Why were the Stooges toned down to non existing violence. The only thing good about this movie were the sets and the color. Grade D-
Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-08-07 06:13:00 by [Deleted Member]
Well, this was an interesting movie to me. "Snow White" has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. I will say this- the film does get boring. It's basically "Sow white at the Ice Capades with special guest stars "The Three Stooges"". I too fast-forwarded past the skating and singing scenes. They were BORING with a capital B. I've said this on another Stooge forum site and I'll say it here and now: This is a Carol Heiss movie first, a movie starring the lady that played the queen second and a Stooge movie third. The kitchen workers look like the Stooges to me- but I think they were supposed to. DeRita looks so bald in this movie that you can actually see what was on his mind!A good film, but definately not the best from the DeRita era.ISLIPP on the ice with Carol Heiss! ®2001
Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-04-17 00:43:00 by Mike Holme
The only thing that I can credit this short for is color, the rest sucks! Worst Joe DeRita film ever.
Re: SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES
Posted 2001-01-14 16:12:00 by B. Bopper
A very weak film. Very little time to see the Stooges in this film and there is almost 0% Stooge physical comedy. Also many of the ice skating sequences have absolutley nothing to do with the plot.Overall a terrible movie. A must see only for Stooge fans who enjoy ice skating and fairy tales.

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