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”.
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
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.
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.
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?