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"900 B.C.?! You Mean I Haven't Even Been Born Yet?!"
on December 28, 1999
Hoping to achieve the same critically-acclaimed status of the Abbott & Costello Meet...series, Moe Howard's son-in-law, Norman Mauer conceived the idea of the stooges traveling back in time and encountering the mighty Hercules. The Hercules series of films were very popular at the time and Columbia Pictures executives were seeing $$. So Norman Maurer joined with long-time stooge director Ed Bernds(director of such classics as Micro-Phonies(1945) and Who Done It?(1949))to make the block-buster smash The 3 Stooges Meet Hercules. It made more $ than any other stooge film and proved that after 27 years, the Stooges were still funny. But, like every stooge film, it has its share of flaws. Again, as in Have Rocket, Will Travel(1959), this entry in the series involves a love affair between characters that we don't even care about. This only damages the comical chemistry between Moe, Larry, and Curly-Joe. However, this film uses its low budget very well by using stock footage from previous Columbia adventures.