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Spooks! (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 15 June 1953 (USA)

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The stooges are private detectives hired to find a missing girl. The boys disguise as pie salesmen and end up wandering around a mad scientist's mansion, trying to find the girl. The boys ... See full summary »

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Shemp / Bat with Shemp's Head (as Shemp)
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Mary 'Bea' Bopper
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The stooges are private detectives hired to find a missing girl. The boys disguise as pie salesmen and end up wandering around a mad scientist's mansion, trying to find the girl. The boys confront a gorilla and various other bad guys, before rescuing the girl. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Comedy | Short

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15 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Cuckoo Detectives  »

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1.85 : 1
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Originally released in 3D See more »

Goofs

When Norma Randall is first tied up on the operating table, her gag goes between her teeth. But in all subsequent shots, her gag is over her mouth and not between her teeth! See more »

Quotes

Shemp Howard: That great, big chimney-panzee! He looked just like my mother-in-law!
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Shemp proves he's a hipster
2 August 2003 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This was a truly hilarious short, 3-D or no 3-D. There were so many visual gags, including the one where the bat is actually Shemp barking like Curly.

But one of the most notable things about this short is how Shemp shows himself as a hipster when he learns they are looking for Bea Bopper. He responds by saying such hip terms as "Hey man!" and "Cool, Daddy-O!" It begs the question: Who came first, James Dean or Shemp Howard? And I think I know the answer to this one! I almost think Shemp was a a '60s person before his time: A meek guy who had longish, limp hair, who used hip expressions!!! Oh, the things you learn in Stooge shorts!!! No wonder why these shorts are great!! Chalk up another classic for these three goofs!!


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