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Dizzy Detectives (1943)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  5 February 1943 (USA)
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The stooges are carpenters who become policemen. A mysterious burglar disguised as a gorilla has the cops baffled and Mr. Dill, the head of the citizens league, threatening the police ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Curly (as Curly)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)


The stooges are carpenters who become policemen. A mysterious burglar disguised as a gorilla has the cops baffled and Mr. Dill, the head of the citizens league, threatening the police chief's job. The boys go on the case and pose as night watchmen at an antiques store. They confront the crook, who turns out to be a real gorilla owned by Dill. After defeating Dill and some other bad guys in a wild fight, the gorilla drinks some nitroglycerin and blows up. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

5 February 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Idiot's Deluxe  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Columbia production reel #529. See more »


Moe: Next time you handle a gun, shoot yourself in the head.
Curly: I'll make a note of it. How do you spell head?
Moe: B-O-N-E. head!
[he whacks him in the head with a gun and the gun bends]
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Edited from Pardon My Scotch (1935) See more »

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The Is Classic Stooges - Tons Of Gags
28 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Get the tools? "What tools? "The tools we've been using for the last 10 years!" "Oh, those tools."

Sound familiar? Well, that's just one of my lines used in the popular Three Stooges film. The first four minutes of this are full of "carpenter" gags with the classic scene in which Curley almost saws Moe head with a buzz saw. Moe takes a real beating, plummeting at one point through the floor to the next one. When he gets upset, Larry says, "Aw, you only fell 14 feet. Whaddya getting sore for??"

While beating each other up, a man enters th room and tells them the police have accepted their applications to be detectives, so they report to the station. At the same time, the local paper's headline reads, "Mysterious Burgarlies Panic City - Police Shakeup As Ape Man Strikes Again."

The boys begin their search at night for the ape man-crook at the "Gysom Good" antiques store. In the dark and spooky store, Curly gives us some of his classic routines, such as the cat and the rocking chair, and the hat on his foot with Curly thinking it's a person (much better seen than briefly explained). The chase scene with the gorilla, the real crooks and our three boys is hilarious.

There are a lot of puns used in this story, and Moe uses a lot of funny insulting names to his two partners. Curly calls the ape "a real chininy-panzee!"

This is another of the better Three Stooges Classics. Of the DVDs I have of them, each with six episodes, this one - "Cops and Robbers" - is one of the best.

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