The Yoke's on Me is the 79th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges; its title is a pun on the expression "the joke's on me", along with the egg theme. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
The Stooges try to join the army but are labeled 4-F by the draft board due to Curly having water on the knee. After they decide to go on vacation until a job comes along, their father (Robert McKenzie) insists they aid the war effort instead by becoming farmers. Inspired, the trio sell their dilapidated car and buy an equally dilapidated farm. The farm contains no livestock except for one ostrich, which eats gunpowder. The boys then spot some pumpkins and decide to carve and sell them.
In the interim, several Japanese refugees escape a prison camp (known during World War II as 'relocation centers'), and work their way onto the Stooges' farm. Curly is the first to notice some suspicious activity (one of the refugees places the carved pumpkin on his head, spooking Curly). Eventually, Moe and Larry believe him, and realize that the farm is surrounded by the Japanese. Moe then throws an ostrich egg (laden with digested gunpowder) at the refugees, killing them.
During World War II, the Stooges made a few comedies that engaged in propaganda against the then-enemy Japanese, including Spook Louder, No Dough Boys, Booby Dupes and The Yoke's on Me. The Yoke's on Me is especially singled out by modern critics. For many years, the film was blacklisted from the Stooges' television syndication package, due to its treatment of American-Japanese escapees from a relocation center (the character are not Japanese POWs).
- Larry: "I don't see a single cow."
- Curly: "I don't even see a married one."
- Curly: "Look, look! (a goose waddles up to them) A pelican!"
- Moe: "That's no pelican, it's a gander."
- Curly: "Mahatma gander?"
- Moe: "No, a gander, a gander! A goose's husband."
- Larry: "Yeah, a papa goose."
- Curly: "Do they have papa gooseses and mama gooseses?"
- Larry: "Oh sure. And little baby gooseses, too."
- Curly: "Oh, I read about them. They come from Germany...the goosetapo!"
- Moe: "Look, if you don't stop, I'll give you a pop."
- Curly: "What flavor?"
- Moe: "Five delicious flavors! [smack!]. Go on kill that gander so we can have some roast goose for dinner"
- Curly: "Oh boy, we're gonna have propagander for dinner!"
- Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 246. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4.
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