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Old 11-13-2007, 11:58 AM
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Three Stooges Experts: a dialog question

In "Disorder in the Court", there's a scene where Larry pulls the toupee off a court officer's head (and thinks it's a tarantula). The Stooges jump on it and ultimately shoot it. Moe realizes it is a hairpiece and slaps Larry.

The court officer takes the damaged piece away from Moe and says "I'll sue you for this". Moe replies "Superstitious, eh?". Then, off camera, Curly chimes in.
What it sounds like doesn't make any sense to me, so obviously I'm hearing it wrong. To my ears it sounds like "Oh, vice eye kid".

Anyone out there have any ideas?
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:03 PM
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"Ohhh...wise-guy kid?"
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:18 PM
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Hm. Somebody's got it posted on Youtube. At 1:48.

You're right, he does say, "Vice eye kid". No clue, sorry.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:39 PM
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Does it mean something, though no doubt spelt differently, in Yiddish? It sounds like Curly is reacting to and commenting on Moe's horrid little bit of wordplay.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:37 PM
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I don't have anything to advance the OP, but. . .

In a "Cool Cat" cartoon, Col. Rimfire's teeth/dentures get yanked out of his mouth, and land on the ground, still a-clickin' and a-clackin'. Col. Rimfire sees them, and, surprised, shrieks "A TARANTULA!" and shoots his teeth. Wonder if this is some old vaudeville shtick or something
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:31 PM
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Geez, people, learn to use Google. From this webpage, we learn that the dialogue in question goes:
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Witness's friend: Wasted five good slugs.

Burly voice: I'll sue you for this!

Witness's friend: Oh, superstitious, eh? Oh, [tape unclear].
Glad to help. Oh, you're welcome.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:37 PM
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This is the closest thing I've found.
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Dammit, I used to know what Curly said -- it wasn't "wise guy kid," it was something else, apparently the title of a popular song of the period.
From a 1997 post at the bottom of this page.

Looks like it's an actual mystery.
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:59 PM
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After re-watching it: Wow, that is a mystery.

I'd also just like to add that I love the Stooges. I was pretty sure I'd be able to come in and answer any 3S question there is. No idea on this one, though.

Definitely sounds like "vice eye kid". My only thoughts are that vice might have something to do with the vice squad, and eye might be like in private eye? I've got nothing.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:29 PM
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Geez, people, learn to use Google. From this webpage, we learn that the dialogue in question goes:Glad to help. Oh, you're welcome.

I have two DVD versions of DitC. The original Columbia/Sony DVD from around 1999 had subtitles - your quote was what the subtitles showed.
The newer "year" boxset just came out last week. They dispensed with subtitles.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:32 PM
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I remember that very well from when I was a kid, and I used to think he was saying "Oh, bite-size kid!" (like saying he is very small).
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:54 PM
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I watched the youtube clip a couple of times, it sounds to me like he's saying, "Oh, but I kid". But that makes no more sense in context than "vice eye kid" so what do I know?
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:30 PM
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Nothing to add except to say, this is what I love about the SDMB.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:55 AM
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I would just add that just before that, Curly calls the toupee a field mouse. Moe calls it a divot. Then Curly, off camera, calls it something else. To me, it sounds like "vye sigh kid," which, again, doesn't mean anything.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:07 PM
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I hear "Vise-Eye(d) Kid." As in Moe shot so straight it seemed like he was using a vise.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:00 PM
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Well, there is a vise in that short. . . .
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:37 PM
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An (unconvincing) theory is that it is a botched reading of "As if I cared."

I think it's probably some extremely obscure Yiddish pun or wordplay.
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:53 PM
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I think it's probably some extremely obscure Yiddish pun or wordplay.
That's what I thought at first but then I thought that if that's what it was, someone would have figured it out by now.

My Mom speaks pretty good Yiddish so I asked her. She said that the closest thing that it sounded like if it were Yiddish would translate to "a white kid" which, of course, doesn't make much sense. I am going to forward her the link the the short and she'll try to watch it tonight and report back.

Also, I don't get the Moe's joke. How is "Superstitious, eh?" a pun?
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:58 PM
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Also, I don't get the Moe's joke. How is "Superstitious, eh?" a pun?
Sue-perstitious
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:59 PM
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Sue-perstitious
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:20 PM
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Mom watched the clip and said that it's definitely not Yiddish.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:37 PM
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I listened to it on a loop. I hear phonetically "veyesh eye kiuhd". Nice Idea? Wise idea? Why's Ikea? Yiddish for white a (veis ein) 'kia{dt}' (whatever 'kiadt' phonetically means in Yiddish)? I doubt its a pre-brainfart of Curly's later trouble, and to me seems too clear and intentional to be a misread left in.... sorry to see I'm puzzling this out 5 years after the rest of you.... wonder if it is a contemporary song title. Someone answer it, its damn important. Much love to y'all, stooges are demigods in my comedic religiosity.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:16 PM
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A more likely explanation:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fro...es/zZwtT-0p4_w
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Based on the transcript posted at threestooges.net, Curly's line, and
the proper spelling thereof, is "Oh, vici kid!"

Vici kid was a fine soft leather used mainly for gloves and shoes. So
apparently Curly was commenting on the fine, soft leathery quality of
the court clerk's toupee.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:22 PM
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As the OP of this zombie thread I thank you Gigobuster.

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Old 12-02-2016, 07:13 PM
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"Oh vici kid."

Wha Curly said was "vici kid" Vici kid is type of leather used to made soft leather gloves. A more detailed definition can be found by using Google Search. That line has haunted me for 50 years.
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:22 PM
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Yes, we've known that for four years, now.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:48 PM
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Yes, we've known that for four years, now.
Nice eye, kid, you read the dates!
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Nice eye, kid, you read the dates!
Why, soitenly! N'yuk n'yuk n'yuk n'yuk n'yuk.
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