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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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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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15 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Cuckoo Detectives  »

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Originally released in 3D See more »

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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 »

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Shemp Howard: That great, big chimney-panzee! He looked just like my mother-in-law!
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Private Stooges
23 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Moe, Larry, and Shemp have decided to take up detective work and they get their first client when a man reports that his daughter has been abducted.

With the highly original disguise of people giving away free pies as a promotion in the neighborhood, the boys start knocking on doors hoping to locate the missing young lady, Norma Randall. A few well chosen screams give the idea that something is amiss at one location.

Spooks is a combination of the Bela Lugosi/Ritz Brothers film The Gorilla and Abbott&Costello Meet Frankenstein. A couple of scientists Philip Van Zandt and Tom Kennedy are working on transferring the woman's brain into their body. Why they would want to do that to a pretty young thing like Randall shows how mad these scientists are. She's not happy and the gorilla is real resistant to the idea.

Don't forget about those pies, saved for the climax. Spooks is ripped off from those other classics, yet the Stooges bring their own unique brand of burlesque humor. It's even in 3-D.


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