It is required you watch the link below before reading the rest of this.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Uf1SYr7E4
Oh my. Where to begin? I am only capable of conveying words, mere words, and I'm afraid words can't do this justice. I'll try my best anyway.
My name is Metaldams, which means I like metal music. If THEY STOOGE TO CONGA is a metal album, it would be Slayer's REIGN IN BLOOD. To you non metal folks out there, which is most of you, REIGN IN BLOOD to me is a masterpiece and about as extreme as metal should get in terms of pure speed, heaviness, and subject matter. Anything more extreme and you're going overboard. Believe me, metal bands have been more extreme for thirty years, with ridiculous results. Well, it's the same with THEY STOOGE TO CONGA. It's as extreme as the slapstick of our heroes ever got, and the results are glorious. Yes, episodes of JACKASS involve sticking toy cars up rectums and various stunts that involve breaking bones, more extreme stuff than CONGA, but needlessly so. To my tastes, Moe Howard getting a spike through the head, eye, and ear is really the final say in extreme slapstick. Of course it's only funny because mere seconds later, it's as if nothing happened, and he had the wherewithal to shoot a flamethrower up Curly's ass.
Man, my sides literally hurt from laughter watching this one. Dudley Dickerson rules when the phone explodes in his ear. Sony needs to release every short he ever made the same way they did with Charley Chase and Buster Keaton. The man rules and was a comic genius whose scare reactions are a thing of beauty. You're the man, Dudley.
This is also the first post Pearl Harbor short that really delves into WWII outside of small references. What does propaganda do? Why, it dehumanizes the enemy, and the Japanese guy speaks perfect Engrish and the German's goose step is as comical as they come. I wish propaganda could always be this entertaining. A great Vernon Dent performance in this one.
Oh, what other great parts are there? Well....all of it. I love the beginning when the sexy mind reader triple slaps the Stooges and slams the door on them. It's funny because it's implied they were thinking something really dirty, and we as the viewer get to determine what. I have my theories, but I won't say, I need to keep things fucking clean for any children who may be reading this.
The Nazi maid lady is the only Stooge appearance of Minerva Urecal, a character actress who had quite a nice career. Check out her imdb page. 1943 would have to be her peak, though. When in the same year you appear in this gem and play the wife of Bela Lugosi as an ape, the level of awesomeness is beyond comprehension in my world.
Oh yeah, love the bit where they are playing tug of war dragging each other through the wall. When Moe loses and is trying to drag Curly back in, the combination of Moe's expression and Curly's scream make it seem like Satan dragging an unfortunate victim through the gates of Hell. It's quite hysterical.
Yeah, this short rules on all levels, definitely one of the all-time greats.