Nobody's been able to identify this mystery march, yet. I even played
it for Alan Mueller while he was over and he couldn't identify it,
I was watching late night TV over the holiday, and have found yet
another occurrence of the yet-to-be-identified 3 Stooges March (not the
real name, but it's what we've been calling it here for ID purposes).
Right now, the song can be heard from the MMD archives "Audio and
Midi Files" page as http://mmd.foxtail.com/Sounds/stooges.ra
I'm suspecting that Columbia owned the rights to the song back then.
Anyway, the new occurrence was in the full-length (Columbia) movie "All
The King's Men" from 1949. It follows the political rise of Willie
Stark to governor. The song is played during a pep rally early in the
To recap, the other 6 instances I've identified so far are from 20
minute 3 Stooges short films:
- Termites of 1938 (1938)- the Stooges "play" this song on a violin,
flute, and string bass at a dinner party in an attempt to attract mice.
The song is played steadily, like a "march" in this scene.
- Dutiful But Dumb (1941)- my favorite rendition of this song. Curley
is hidden inside a floor-standing radio, and plays the song on a
modified harmonica, gradually speeding up the music as he goes. Played
quite fast, like a polka.
- Three Little Twirps (1943)- plays as background music at circus while
Moe & Curley sell their tickets. Sounds like a march here, with a
longer, previously unheard introduction (or perhaps it's the 2nd song
in a medley here?).
- Idle Roomers (1944)- Curley "plays" the song on trombone, very fast,
to calm the wolf-man.
- Gents Without Cents (1944)- 3 girls perform acrobatics on stage while
this song is playing. The song is played faster here, like a fast
march or maybe a polka.
- Gents in a Jam (1952)- Shemp, Moe & Larry have a problem with a
broken-apart radio that won't stop playing this song. Song played at
presumed normal tempo.