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Musty Musketeers (1954)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 13 May 1954 (USA)
Set in the middle ages, the stooges wish to marry their sweethearts, but the King won't give his consent until Princess Alicia gets married. The princess is abducted by Mergatroyd, an evil ... See full summary »

Director:

Jules White

Writers:

Jack White (screen play), Felix Adler (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shemp Howard ... Shempeth (as Shemp)
Larry Fine ... Larryeth (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moeth (as Moe)
Vernon Dent ... King Cole
Philip Van Zandt ... Mergatroyd the Magician
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Storyline

Set in the middle ages, the stooges wish to marry their sweethearts, but the King won't give his consent until Princess Alicia gets married. The princess is abducted by Mergatroyd, an evil magician who plans to marry her and become ruler of the country. The stooges help the princess escape and then defeat the magician and his henchmen in a sword fight. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1954 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of this short is made up of footage from Musty Musketeers (1954). See more »

Goofs

In the new footage of Old King Cole's court it's very easy to tell that it is not Virginia Hunter playing Princess Alisha. Wanda Perry has a completely different hair style, and hides her face with a fan. See more »

Quotes

Shempeth: Scrameth, Princess! Scrameth!
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Connections

Remake of Fiddlers Three (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

A Calling We Do Come
Written and performed by Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Shemp Howard
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A good hybrid remake, with the seamless addition of new footage
20 March 2005 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

"Musty Musketeers" combines new footage with the 1948 Stooge film "Fiddlers Three." With this remake, a few elements of the storyline are smoothed out, and an entertaining sword fight replaces some of the original film.

The Stooges are living in Cole-Slawvania, around the time of King Arthur. They want to marry their sweethearts, but cannot wed until Princess Alicia, daughter of King Cole (Vernon Dent) marries first. The Stooges stumble onto a plot by the evil Mergatroid (Phil Van Zandt) to marry the princess and take over the kingdom.

In this hybrid remake, the Stooges are not court jesters, as they were in "Fiddlers Three." As such, the songs they sing at the beginning of the original film are sadly edited out. In their place, however, is more story exhibition showing the Stooges and their fiancées. A fun sword fight makes up the extra new footage, and seeing Shemp bite Mergatroid's nose is hilarious!

It is often amazing to see how smoothly the new footage of the Stooges was placed into earlier films. Director Jules White deserves much credit for this. Sets were meticulously redone, sometimes five to seven years after the original sets were constructed. Wardrobe is to be credited as well; the Stooges and Phil Van Zandt appear to wear the same costumes in the new footage as they did six years earlier. The Stooges should be credited as well; except for a little extra baggage under Moe's eyes, the Stooges don't appear to have aged at all!

The seamless addition of new footage into the old, along with the fun sword fight, makes "Musty Musketeers" one of the better hybrid remakes. Although "Fiddlers Three" is available on DVD, "Musty Musketeers" is not. See it if you get the chance, though. 7 out of 10.


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