GenreComedy, Short ScreenplayFelix Adler CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 1, 1949 (1949-09-01) WriterFelix Adler (story), Felix Adler (screenplay) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Slapstick, Black-and-white CastMoe Howard (Moe), Larry Fine (Larry), Shemp Howard (Shemp), Vernon Dent (Hassan Ben Sober), George J. Lewis (Ginna Rumma), Frank Lackteen (Affa Dolla) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Paperman, IMAX 3D Deep Sea, Presto, The Artist, Feast
TaglineThe Stooges are waiters in the Middle East looking for a hundred carat diamond in the ancient tomb of King Rutentuten.
Malice in the Palace is the 117th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1949 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
The Stooges are running the Cafe Casbah Bah (a Middle Eastern restaurant) and attempting to prepare a meal for customers Hassan Ben Sober (Vernon Dent) and Ginna Rumma (George J. Lewis). The meal turns out disastrous: their spaghetti dinner is spilled all over the customers' faces, so the stooges offer them a replacement meal: hot dogs. Because a stray cat and dog make noises at inopportune times while Larry prepares the meal, Larry's meal appears to be actual dog and cat meat, which brings Moe and Shemp great grief when ordered to eat it by their customers.
These two customers are thieves intent on robbing the tomb of King Rootintootin, which contains a priceless diamond, and because of their fear of a curse on the diamond, they decide they need three stooges to carry out the deed; the bumbling Moe, Larry and Shemp prove to be perfect for the job. Before ben Sober and Rumma can reveal their scheme, they discover that the Emir of Shmow (Johnny Kascier) has already gotten his hands on the diamond. The two plotters start wailing and, when ben Sober reveals his actual career as a doorman (and not the royalty Moe thinks he is), he and his accomplice are thrown out of the restaurant. The Stooges then attempt to steal the diamond back from the Emir, since it is government property and would likely fetch a large reward.
The Stooges arrive at the Emir's palace dressed as Santa Claus. They then manage to acquire the diamond and make a quick exit, but not before dealing with a burly guard (Everett Brown).
In popular culture
Malice in the Palace was one of five Stooge films included in the TBS 1995 Halloween special The Three Stooges Fright Night.
The 2004 NBA brawl between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons has come to be known as the Malice at the Palace, a play on the title of this short and a reference to the fact that the event happened at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
This short was seen in a movie theater in The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.