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Squareheads of the Round Table is the 106th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

PlotEdit

The Stooges are troubadours in medieval times. The villainous Black Prince has designs on marriage to Elaine, the princess. She however is in love with Cedric, the blacksmith. The Stooges try to intervene for Cedric by serenading Elaine; the music is the sextet from Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor". They are captured by the king’s guards and condemned to be beheaded. Elaine sends them tools baked in a loaf of bread and they escape the dungeon.

While running from the guards, Moe overhears the Black Prince plotting with a co-conspirator to murder the king. The Stooges save the day by causing a diversion by dancing in armor to Stephen Foster’s "Old Folks at Home", thus allowing Elaine to free Cedric. Finally, the king realizes the plot and jails the Black Prince and his fellow plotter. Elaine is allowed to marry Cedric, and they all live happily ever after.

QuotesEdit

    • Larry: "Why does the prince want Cedric's head for? Ain't he got one of his own?"
    • Shemp: "Ya dope, two heads are better than one!"
    • King: "My daughter marry a ‘smith?!"
    • Shemp: "Take it easy, King; millions of women marry Smiths every year!"

Special effect notesEdit

  • When the King is climbing down the trellis, and it starts giving out, a wire can be seen tied to the trellis.
  • When the Stooges throw fruits at the trumpets, the film is looped back, and the trumpets appear alternately clean and dirty from the fruit hits.

ProductionEdit

  • Squareheads of the Round Table was remade in 1954 as Knutzy Knights, using ample stock footage.
  • Like Fiddlers Three and The Hot Scots, Squareheads of the Round Table was filmed on the existing set of the feature film The Bandit of Sherwood Forest.

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