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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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Charles C. Wilson ...
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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

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

Moe: [talking to Larry] You know, porcupine, for a guy without brains, you're a genius.
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Remake of All Work and No Pay (1942) See more »

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Possibly the best Stooge short of all.
15 October 2001 | by (northridge, ca) – See all my reviews

The Three Stooges were in top form in this short, which is 17 minutes of non-stop laughs. All of the Stooges are great, but Shemp makes it absolutely hilarious. The scenes in which Shemp talks back to Moe in the newspaper office, answers the wrong number on the phone, breaks his straw hat trying to copy Moe and Larry, and watches Moe and Larry eat the peanuts are classics. Moe and Larry continue the hard laughs when Larry is trying to tell Moe about the gorilla in the next room only for Moe to keep pounding him, and when Moe finally sees the gorilla and screams like mad. These scenes and the fact that Christine McIntyre in that black dress may be the most drop-dead gorgeous image ever to appear on film make this an absolute must-see in the Stooges catalog.


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