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  • "Uncivil Warriors" is one of the funniest shorts that the 3 Stooges have ever done. Though "Men In Black" was nominated for an Oscar in the Short Subject category, this film could have been nominated as well in 1935. The Three Stooges displayed their greatest comedic energy between 1934 and 1937, and "Uncivil Warriors" is a gem among all of their films. The funniest scene is when the boys are masquerading as Confederate officers and Curly has to dress up as an officer's wife. But when the boys have to "produce" a child to keep up the masquerade and the child is black, that is hysterical. That was a joke that was very brave to do in 1935 - the same year that Southern theater owners didn't want their audiences to see a dance number between Shirley Temple and Bill "Bo Jangles" Robinson. Much respect goes to director Del Lord - for letting the Stooges go to the comedic edge of the universe. Also, much respect goes to actor Bud Jamison, one of the best straight men in comedy at that time. Had Jamison not passed away in 1944, he would have been very much a part of the Stooges legend. Now that television is editing all of the Stooges films for commercial time, it is better to get all of your favorite Stooges films on VHS or DVD.
  • Another very funny short by the wonderful Three Stooges. The plot of this episode takes place during the Civil War. Moe, Larry, and Curly are three yankee soldiers, and their captain asks them to spy on the Southern Rebels. When they get to the South, our typical stooges screw around as usual. But they do get the information they need. They end up meeting some very beautiful southern bells as well and have a wonderful feathered cake. Of course they blow their cover, and you know the rest of the story. This was a very funny episode. Despite not being my favorite, as one three stooges fan to another, I would always recommend it.

    8/10
  • The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is the all time funniest comedy team!

    This is a great Three Stooges short and it has become one of My favorites! Its hilarious! Great one from beginning to end! Bud Jamison as usual puts on a great performance! The cake eating scene, the questioning scene with Theodore Lorch, and the end scenes are very funny. This is a very good Three Stooges short!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Without a doubt, "Uncivil Warriors" is one of the best shorts the Three Stooges ever made, and it's one of my personal favorites. It's the eighth Stooge short in a series of 190, and it's the second Stooge short that was directed by the competent Del Lord. Probably more than any other director during the Stooges' heyday, Lord helped to further define the comic personalities of Moe, Larry, and Curly.

    This entertaining Civil War comedy has some wonderful highlights (but do not read any further until after you see this picture). While preparing a cake, Curly accidentally spreads frosting on a torn potholder. The one close shot of Curly's hands applying frosting to the cake is brilliantly hilarious: Curly's voice is heard explaining about his getting "sick of the dough" and going "on the loaf." Then a slap is heard (presumably from Moe) and Curly lets out a yelp. Moments later, the Stooges predictably cough up feathers after they struggle to eat the cake (Moe remarks that the cake, called "Southern Comfort," tastes more like "Southern Comforter"). In their opening scene, the Stooges cause some ruckus when they scramble to answer their bugle call. By the same token, they cause more havoc at the film's closing when they get shot out of a cannon and land on their Union campsite. When Capt. Dodge (Moe) reveals an African-American infant as his own child, the sneering Major Filbert (Ted Lorch) remarks, "Looks like you, does he?" And finally, in order to dodge a Confederate soldier, the Stooges apply the familiar "Charlie, the fellow who walks like this" gag, which they did later in "From Nurse to Worse" (1940).

    For Three Stooges fans everywhere, "Uncivil Warriors" is simply a gem not to be missed.
  • This review is of the eighth Three Stooges short they made for Columbia Pictures. In this one, Moe, Larry, and Curley (as his name was spelled at the time) are Union spies during the Civil War disguising themselves as Confederates in order to discover their plans. Plenty of many very funny and what would become very familiar routines abound here and they all come together perfectly. And it's always a treat to see usual supporting player Bud Jamison whenever he has a scene with the boys. Also, usual writer Felix Adler and director Del Lord-with only his second film with the boys-do a fine job of making this an almost perfect Stooges short. Oh, and while there's a visual joke near the end that would probably be politically incorrect today, the way Moe explains it does excuse it a little. So on that note, Uncivil Warriors comes highly recommended.
  • Michael_Elliott25 February 2008
    Uncivil Warriors (1935)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    The Three Stooges are fighting for the North in the Civil War but go undercover to spy on the South. This is a short that actually looks better than anything else. The period piece actually looks very realistic with the costumes but there are a few laughs as well. The highlight has to be the scene where the boys eat a cake, which just happens to make them cough up feathers.

    Now available on Columbia's 2-disc set, which includes over 20 classic shorts, all digitally remastered.
  • The Three Stooges are Union spies sent to snoop on the activities of the Confederates in this different short from their earliest period. This gives them the opportunity to dress up in Civil War costumes, which boosts the level of their shenanigans slightly. Good scenes include them trying to outwit usual foil Bud Jamison, as well as a classic routine that would be repeated many times as this series continued: Curley helps bake a layer cake but mistakenly adds a torn and discarded pot holder into the pan, causing feathers to be coughed up later on while eating it.

    *** out of ****
  • This is certainly one of the better Stooges vehicles I've watched so far, arguably lifted by its Civil War setting: the boys are Union secret agents(!) sent on a mission behind enemy lines. While the level of invention isn't up to that seen in Buster Keaton's similar THE GENERAL (1927) – and it would be unrealistic to expect it to be – it's still a reasonably sustained comical piece.

    The trio's typical slapfest routine is, together with the aid of impersonation and mimicry, utilized as a means of confusing the Confederates and retrieve the information they were assigned to procure (which is summarily destroyed by Curley when he rolls the paper – used by Moe to write it all down – to make a cigarette!). The ending sees The Stooges fired out of an enemy cannon and landing on the superior officers from their own lines!
  • jeff-buda9 January 2019
    One of my favorites. By this point the Three Stooges it hit their stride. One of the funniest of all time
  • Larry (Operator 12), Moe (Operator 14), and Curly (Operator 15) are given a secret mission behind the southern lines during the US Civil War. They are given the captured identities of Lieutenant Duck (Larry), Captain Dodge (Moe), and Major Hyde (Curley).

    This has all the great Three Stooges slapstick. It has a bit of drama but it's mostly Stooges stupidity in the funniest sense. The feathers in the cake are a charming touch. The version I saw ends with the guys fired from the cannon and landing on the northern general. I guess there is another scene cut for reason of taste. It's a bit abrupt but the 20 min short still works.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    AS A RULE OF thumb, the earlier a Stooges' Comedy, the better. This has never been more evident than with UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1934). Being the 8th 2 reeler that the Stooges made for Columbia, it was among the oldest, ergo, the best of their long career.

    THE AMAZING THING, to us anyway, about this entry is how real both the Union and Confederate soldiers appear. In till photos, they would appear to be actual Civil War photographs by, say Matthew Brady. "Officers" James C. Morton, Bud Jamison, Theodore Lorch and Marvin Lobach all look the part of the real thing. (See what a little grease paint and artificial facial hair can do!)

    AND THE UNIFORMS were accurate and convincing, too!

    THE SEVENTEEN MINUTES of the short roll by in a seeming flash; owing to a rich assortment of clever, relevant gags; such as 'Operators 12, 14 and 15!', 'Duck, Dodge, Hyde' and 'Charley walks like this!'

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, WHICH of course, was an unknown commodity in the 1930's, is in evidence. In the scenes in which Colonel 'Bloodhound' Filbert (Theodore Lorch) interrogates the Stooges, demanding to see Moe's little Son; he is presented with an infant; who just happens to be a Black child. This scene has been deleted in some of the prints which we've seen.

    WE WOULD CERTAINLY give this a top shelf rating. As an example of a Stooges' outing, it's strictly Bon Ton!
  • I know that if I had a sensitive mission involving obtaining some enemy secrets at wartime, I'd entrust that mission to none other than the team of Howard, Howard, and Fine to get the job done. It's agreed they're the best men for the job.

    That's what the Three Stooges have to do in Uncivil Warriors, get some battle plans from the Confederate headquarters which is in an old plantation house. Of course Moe, Larry, and Curly especially Curly aren't exactly housebroken yet to mix in that society.

    Funniest scene is them eating a cake where feathers have been stuffed into the batter mix. Seeing these three coughing up enough feathers for an indoor blizzard will really tickle the old funny bone.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    "Uncivil Warriors" is an American black-and-white sound film from 1935, so this one is already over 80 years old. Maybe the names of director Del Lord or writer Felix Adler tell you already what this is, but if not then a look at the cast list certainly should. These 20 minutes are one of the first 10 Three Stooges short films and even if this may look like a political comedy taking place during the Civil War, it really isn't. It's all about the slapstick and also not an anti-Nazi propaganda movie as they did several in the years to come. The Stooges are spies from the North trying to collect information in the South and if you know them, you will also know that nothing goes according to plan really. As this is an early Stooges work, it still has trademark Stooge Curly on board. The outcome of how much you will enjoy this little film, probably one of their more, but not most, known short film efforts will have to do a lot with how much you like the trio in general and their run-ins with soldiers, cake and each other of course in particular. I am not a great fan of their slapstick routine and find it pretty much the same in all their works regardless of the plot. Thumbs down. Not recommended.