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Uncivil War Birds
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Clyde Bruckman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Eleanor Counts
Marilyn Johnson
Faye Williams
Ted Lorch
Joe Palma
Cy Schindell
John Tyrrell
Lew Davis
Cinematography Philip Tannura
Editing by Charles Hochberg
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) March 29, 1946 (U.S.)
Running time 17' 16"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by A Bird in the Head
Followed by The Three Troubledoers

Uncivil War Birds is the 90th 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.


It is the American Civil War, and the Stooges enlist in the service. Moe and Larry accidentally join the Union Army, while Curly manages to correctly sign up with the Confederate. Before the error can be corrected, several Union soldiers order Moe and Larry to lock up their "prisoner." A few moments later, a Confederate general sees Curly being released and, upon seeing Moe and Larry, thinks he has captured two Union soldiers. This mix up goes back and forth several times, until Moe and Larry finally find Confederate uniforms, only to be caught in Union army headquarters. They eventually escape by performing minstrel song-and-dance routine in blackface, with Curly playing a Mammy-type character and Larry strumming a banjo.

They sing "Dixie" with parody lyrics:

"Way down south in New York City
The cotton grows on the trees so pretty
On the trees
On the trees
In the South
South Brooklyn!"

Curly's illness[]

Uncivil War Birds was produced after Curly Howard suffered a mild stroke. As a result, his performance was marred by slurred speech, and slower timing. In addition, Moe Howard and Larry Fine are paired together and given the lion's share of the film's dialogue.[1]


  • Uncivil War Birds is a remake of the 1939 Buster Keaton film Mooching Through Georgia.
  • The song "Dixie" replaces the Stooges' regular opening theme of "Three Blind Mice" for this film.[1]
  • This episode marks the final appearance of two Stooge regulars Lew Davis and John Tyrrell, who died in 1948 and 1949, respectively .[1]


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