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"And if, by now, you're wondering what on earth the Three Stooges have to do with the fairy tale of Snow White, it's very simple. In this version, we're telling the story of... Snow White and the Three Stooges!"
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A 1961 live-action retelling of Snow White directed by Walter Lang, starring Carol Heiss (a then-recent Olympic gold medalist in figure skating) as Snow White, with The Three Stooges taking the place of the Seven Dwarfs.

The story follows the fairy tale, with a few twists, such as Prince Charming having been raised by the Stooges after they saved him from an assassin when he was a boy (he'd lost his memory in the attack). The film started as a Non-Actor Vehicle for Heiss, similar to the Sonja Henie films also by 20th Century Fox, with the Stooges only being brought in when Fox realized that Heiss couldn't carry the movie by herself.

Snow White and the (More Than) Three Tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The inclusion of Count Oga, for one. The prince got a larger role than in other tellings. He actually has a role in the story instead of just a cameo, and he even gets to take part in an action-packed climax.
  • Barefoot Captives: What happens to Snow White when she is locked up by the queen after the death of her father the king.
  • The Cameo: An uncredited Mel Blanc as the voice of Quinto, the Stooges' ventriloquist dummy.
  • Canon Foreigner: Count Oga is the original character.
  • Cool Crown: Snow White wears a really dainty one with her birthday skating dress.
  • The Dragon: Count Oga serves the evil queen.
  • Dream Ballet: Although a daydream ballet, Snow White has one of these after she thinks the prince was killed.
  • Easy Amnesia: The prince got hit on the head during his assassination attempt, and lost his memory.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Snow White's skating dress, on her birthday, is loaded with sequins. A few other dresses in the scene are also glittery.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Count Oga takes a header into a cauldron filled with boiling oil and is shown sinking out of sight with an utterly agonized look on his face.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: The costuming is bright and colorful, and turns into Costume Porn for everyone at Snow White's birthday celebration.
  • Jail Bake: With a sandwich instead of a cake.
  • Mythology Gag: The Stooges are house sitting for a bunch of dwarfs.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: Carol Heiss was a skater, not an actor. She didn't have any illusions otherwise, and just wanted to have fun making a film before moving on to other things (she even got scolded for asking for autographs at the studio cafeteria).
  • Parental Abandonment: Snow White's mother died in childbirth, of course to have the king remarry, and her father dies on her seventeenth birthday.
  • Parental Substitute (and Papa Wolf): The Three Stooges give an unexpectedly touching performance as the devoted adopted parents to the amnesiac prince, repeatedly risking their lives without hesitation to protect their adopted son. While this is not their funniest performance, it appears to be their sweetest.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Snow White's skating dresses were very fancy, even if Hollywood Costuming.
  • Pretty in Mink: The film had a number of dresses with fur trim, including the white skating dress Snow White wears, and she gets an ermine muff for her birthday.
  • Prince Charming: The prince is actually named that.
  • Princess Classic: Snow White is just as sweet and pure as she is in her Disney incarnation.
  • Rule of Three: The magic dagger Count Oga wears grants three wishes, but they can only be used for good.
    • Though normally, wishing someone in Hell forever would not count as a good wish, in the case of a certain villainess it made an exception.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: The Stooges were doing this before they rescued the prince.
  • Slapstick: There were a few scenes of this, if not much compared to the Stooges' other films.
  • Storybook Opening: With the Stooges interrupting it repeatedly.