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The Three Stooges in Orbit

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The Three Stooges in Orbit
Directed byEdward Bernds
Screenplay byElwood Ullman
Story byNorman Maurer
Produced byNorman Maurer
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe DeRita
Emil Sitka
Carol Christensen
Edson Stroll
George N. Neise
Rayford Barnes
Norman Leavitt
Nestor Paiva
Don Lamond
Peter Dawson
Peter Brocco
CinematographyWilliam P. Whitley
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant
Music byPaul Dunlap
Normandy Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • June 20, 1962 (1962-06-20) (Los Angeles)
  • July 4, 1962 (1962-07-04) (United States)
  • July 11, 1962 (1962-07-11) (New York City)
Running time
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,500,000[1]

The Three Stooges In Orbit is a 1962 American comedy science fiction film directed by Edward Bernds. It is the fourth feature film to star the Three Stooges after their 1959 resurgence in popularity. By this time, the trio consisted of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe DeRita (dubbed "Curly Joe"). Released by Columbia Pictures and produced by Normandy Productions,[2] The Three Stooges in Orbit was directed by long-time Stooge director Edward Bernds, whom Moe later cited as the team's finest director.

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The Stooges are television actors grappling with the impending cancellation of their animated television show, The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Their producer's dissatisfaction prompts a ten-day ultimatum to devise a compelling concept, forcing the Stooges to seek alternative lodging after an unfortunate cooking mishap results in eviction. Fortuitously, they find lodging in the eccentric abode of Professor Danforth, a fervent believer in an imminent Martian invasion. Danforth enlists the Stooges' assistance in developing a multifunctional military vehicle in exchange for his creation of an "electronic animation" device for their show. Despite initial skepticism, the Stooges acquiesce to Danforth's peculiar request.

Unbeknownst to them, the butler, disguised as a monster, is revealed as a Martian spy, signaling the extraterrestrial threat. As the Martians dispatch additional spies to Earth, a series of comedic mishaps ensue, including a transmission error of antiquated films and the inadvertent acquisition of a nuclear depth bomb, mistaken for a carburetor. A test run of the military vehicle leads the Stooges into a nuclear test area, culminating in an unexpected performance enhancement upon attaching the bomb to the engine.

Subsequently, a confrontation with the Martians ensues aboard the vehicle, climaxing in a daring endeavor to thwart the impending destruction of Earth and Disneyland. The Stooges successfully dismantle the Martians' scheme, averting catastrophe and ultimately saving their careers.



The inception of The Three Stooges in Orbit can be traced back to The Three Stooges Scrapbook, an unsuccessful color television pilot crafted in 1960 at a financial outlay of $30,000. Confronted with the pilot's lack of commercial success, producer Norman Maurer repurposed the existing footage by transforming it into black and white. Concurrently, Maurer structured the narrative around the premise of the Stooges engaging in rehearsals for their prospective television endeavor. Maurer also capitalized on the availability of numerous film props initially utilized in the production of Forbidden Planet.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Howard Maurer, Joan; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (2012) [1982]. The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press. pp. 326–327. ISBN 978-1-61374-074-3.
  2. ^ "The Three Stooges in Orbit on AFI".

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