The Three Stooges Meet Hercules is the third feature film to star the Three Stooges after their 1959 resurgence in popularity. By this time, the trio consisted of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe DeRita (dubbed "Curly Joe"). Released by Columbia Pictures, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules was directed by long-time Stooge director Edward Bernds. Over the years, Moe would cite Bernds as the team's finest director. This was the most financially successful of the Stooges' feature films and is still highly regarded amongst fans.
The Stooges work at Dimsal's Drug Store in Ithaca, New York, where they befriend Schuyler Davis (Quinn Redeker), the owner of the shop next door, who is attempting to build a time machine. With the boys' "help", the machine transports the boys, Schuyler and disaffected girlfriend Diane Quigley (Vicki Trickett) back in time to Ithaca in ancient Greece during the reign of the lecherous King Odius (George N. Neise). The King, after defeating and imprisoning Ulysses because the Stooges are believed to be gods, has a yearning for Diane. Realizing they have disrupted the proper course of history, Schuyler and the boys free Ulysses, after which Odius banishes them to the galleys, where Schuyler builds impressive muscles while constantly rowing.
After an escape and shipwreck, they kill a monster with the help of Joe's sleeping pills and start billing Schuyler as Hercules at a local gladiatorial arena. The real Hercules (Samson Burke) gets wind of their game and confronts them, but after single combat the Stooges convince Hercules to help them rescue Diane in a chariot chase. The time travelers remove the king and, navigating by observing the progress of military technology, manage to set history straight by dumping him off during Indian dominated American Old West where a band of warriors chase him off into the distance.
- Moe Howard - Moe
- Larry Fine - Larry
- Joe DeRita - Curly Joe
- Quinn Redeker - Schuyler Davis
- Vicki Trickett - Diane Quigley
- George N. Neise - Ralph Dimsal/King Odius
- Samson Burke - Hercules
- Emil Sitka - Shepherd/Refreshment Man
- Hal Smith - King Theseus Of Rhodes
- Marlin McKeever - Ajax (The Siamese Cyclops)
- Mike McKeever - Argo (The Siamese Cyclops)
- John Cliff - Ulysses
- Barbara Hines - Anita
- Terry Huntingdon - Hecuba
- Diana Piper - Helen
- Gregg Martell - Simon
- Gene Roth - harbor captain
- Lewis Charles - Achilles the Heel
- Edward Foster - Freddie the Fence
- Cecil Elliott - matron
- Rusty Wescoatt - Philo, the horator