Malice in the Palace is the 117th 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.
According to a published report, Moe, Larry, and director Jules White considered their best film to be You Nazty Spy!. This 18-minute short subject starring Moe as “Moe Hailstone”, an Adolf Hitler-like character satirized the Nazis in a period when America was still neutral and isolationist about WWII. You Nazty Spy! was the first Hollywood film to spoof Hitler, released in January, 1940, nine months before Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Reportedly this film caused the Stooges to be placed on Hitler’s so-called “death list” because of its anti-Nazi stance. Chaplin, along with Jack Benny, would also be on this list due to their later anti-Nazi films.
The Three Stooges are witnesses at a murder trial, but are not to be found. They are out playing tiddly winks.
In this Three Stooges short, the boys must marry off Curly Joe so that he can inherit a fortune.