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Crime on Their Hands (1948)

The stooges are janitors working in a newspaper office. When an anonymous caller phones in a tip about the theft a famous diamond, the boys decide to become reporters and go after the ... See full summary »

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Dapper Malone
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J.L. Cameron
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Runty
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The stooges are janitors working in a newspaper office. When an anonymous caller phones in a tip about the theft a famous diamond, the boys decide to become reporters and go after the crooks. They find the crooks, but Shemp accidentally swallows the diamond which was hidden in a bowl of candy. The crooks want to cut the diamond out, but the boys foil them with the help of a friendly gorilla. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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The Stooges' funniest monkey business! (Title lobby card).

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9 December 1948 (USA)  »

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Although he receives no billing, character comedian Jimmy Aubrey plays the role of Hawkens, the gorilla's keeper. See more »

Goofs

When Runty is shot in the phone booth, we only hear two shots but there are three bullet holes in the glass. See more »

Quotes

Bea: Any halfwit can see I'm telling the truth.
Shemp: Yeah, I can see you're tellin' the truth.
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Edited into Hot Ice (1955) See more »

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Poor Shemp Takes A Bad Beating In This 'Noir'
16 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This starts off like a Class B film noir with the following lines:

"It's the Punjab diamond, the fourth-largest in the world and it's all ours," says the head crook called "Dapper, the familiar Kenneth MacDonald. "What a hunk of ice," says another Stooges regular during this era: Christine McIntrye, who plays "Bea."

"Yeah, hot ice baby," replies Dapper. "Hotter than the lid of a potbellied stove." When an assistant asks when he gets his take, Dapper slaps him and says, "I said the rock was hot, didn't I? We're not peddling this till things cool off awhile." Dapper knocks him flat and the guy leaves, vowing revenge that "I'll get mine and you'll get yours, big shot!"

That sets up the Stooges' involvement in the case. They're janitors at the newspaper office but they also are wannabe-reporters who want to crack this "Punjab diamond case." When the boss is out and the phone rings, they answer. On the other end is that sore crook who is squealing. They get a tip to go to Squid McGuffey's Cafe. Off they go....these new crime reporters.

I always love it when some huge gorilla somehow gets involved with these Stooges' stories. Here, the ape is at the aforementioned café. Put him into the mix with a café full of tough mugs and sailors plus the thieves and our three goofy heroes and you have a wild story. This was full of good Three Stooges slapstick material. I miss Curly but I've never had any complaints about Shemp. He was a funny guy, too. In fact, I think the poor guy took more physical abuse than Curly. In this episode, even the crooks wince as the abuse the poor guy takes and Moe and Larry try to get the diamond out of his stomach!

If you don't laugh right out loud at the end of this, you shouldn't be watching The Three Stooges. This is great stuff.


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