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Days (as Shemp)
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Halliday (as Moe)
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Alma Matter
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The stooges go to criminology school and graduate with the lowest possible honors. The boys join the police force and are assigned to track down a crook called the "Eel", who disguises himself as a woman. The stooges track the Eel to a hotel, but he slips through their hands after a wild chase. The stooges are booted off the force and wind up as ditch diggers. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Turkish night in a ladies bath!

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3 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Cuckoo Cops  »

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Excluding stock footage, this is long-time supporting player Al Thompson's last appearance in a Three Stooges comedy. See more »

Goofs

When Shemp's stunt double falls from the hole he made in the ceiling, you can see the wig fall from his head. See more »

Quotes

Moe: I'm Halliday.
[holds up his badge]
Larry: I'm Terriday.
[holds up his badge]
Shemp: I'm St. Patricks Day!
[holds up a shamrock]
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Spoofs Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Routine 81-C
23 November 2001 | by (St. Thomas, USVI) – See all my reviews

This Stooges short is unique. First of all, the Stooges do not go by their real names (Moe, Larry, Shemp), but rather by Dragnet-inspired monikers Farraday, Tarraday, and any of several holidays (for Shemp's character) ranging from St. Patrick's Day to New Year's Day. In one sequence, the Stooges liken themselves to the anatomy of the human hand---Larry is metaphorically the middle finger. The two seconds or so of film where Larry displays his representative digit were blacked out by a Boston television station---Hence Larry was "banned in Boston," although his "gesture" was in no way obscene! The highlight of the film, however, has to be Routine 81-C, which Moe commands Larry and Shemp to prepare for and carry out. Unwillingly, but resignedly, Larry and Shemp do just that---Moe holds out two fingers of each outstretched hand, and Larry and Shemp run into Moe's fingers, thereby giving themselves eye-pokes. I have seen Routine 81-C countless times, and have died laughing every one of them.


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