The Three Stooges are Middle Eastern restaurant owners in 1949's "Malice in the Palace". A pair of customers plan a robbery of King Rootintootin, but another thief, the Emir of Shmo, has beaten them to the king's precious diamond. So, Moe, Shemp, & Larry decide to retrieve the diamond for a handsome reward.
So why does this fit into our Countdown to Christmas? Watch and see.
7 years later, there was a remake, except that Shemp had passed on in the interim, and studio player Joe Palma acted as a stand-in for new scenes shot to fit with stock footage taken from the original.