Feb. 24 / Prod. No. 443 / 17
m / ap Jules White / d
Del Lord /
st scr Searle Kramer and Elwood Ullman /
ph no credit / e
no credit / C: Bud Jamison (Prof. Wilson),
James C. Morton (Prof. Crowe), Dick Curtis (Jackson), Robert Williams
(Prof. Tuttle), Ted Lorch (Kidnapper) and Eddie Laughton (Jake, the
Professor Tuttle has disappeared.
He is the only man in the world who happens to know the exact location
of the King Rutentuten mummy. To solve this mystery, Professor Wilson,
an Egyptologist at the Museum of Ancient History, summons three top
investigators: Sherlock Bones (Larry), Charlie Chin (Moe) and Philo
Pants (Curly). Once in Egypt, the Stooges search aimlessly through
an underground tomb. They eventually run into a gang of deperadoes
who happen to be holding Prof. Tuttle hostage in another cavern. The
crooks' main interest is to unearth the precious jewels and money
that are hidden inside the mummy of King Rutentuten. To circumvent
the plot, Moe applies his tailor experience to disguise Curly as a
makeshift Rutentuten in an attempt to ward off the crooks. When the
gangleader searches through Curly's mummy attire for the diamonds,
he finds an old newspaper and reads it aloud: "Yanks Win World
Series! Can you beat that!" Blowing his disguise, Curly says,
"Ya. And I won five bucks!" A short chase ensues, with Jackson
and his gang falling off into an open pit that the Stooges covered
earlier with an Egyptian rug. With the case now solved, Professor
Tuttle reveals that the mummy they accidentally destroyed earlier
wasn't Rutentuten, but rather his wife, Queen Hotsitotsie. It turns
out that the real King Rutentuten was a midget!
Did you know that the radio commercial
announcer is Moe, using his "straight" speaking voice?
4 (T 11/1 to F 11/4/38) FN: The
"Yanks Win World Series" gag and Curly's brief scene with
a mummy alligator were not in the film's final draft screenplay. "Rutentuten"
is spelling in film script.