Two goofball private detectives are hired to find a millionaire who has been kidnapped by a mad scientist.



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Cast overview:
Walter Catlett ...
Monte Collins ...
Pruitt (as Monty Collins)
Dudley Dickerson ...


Slocum and Pruitt are two bumbling private detectives tracking a mad scientist, "Baby-Face" Wessell," who looks like he just stepped out of a 1930s Universal horror film. They get involved with secret panels, an ape, underground tunnels and mis-matched stock footage. Written by Les Adams <>

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"I made such a funny picture, this ape thought he could frame me, the big baboon!" (Spoken to gorilla by Walter Catlett, behind large picture frame).


Short | Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as Pardon My Terror (1946) See more »

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Del Lord and Walter Catlett Can't Find The Humor In This
4 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A mad scientist wants to turn a millionaire into an ape. Can detective Walter Catlett avoid a similar simian fate when the mad scientist tells him "YOU'RE NEXT"

Bad shorts even happened to Laurel & Hardy, so one can't get too upset over this collection of unfunny jokes. The racist bits are worse than typical for the 40s, though, which argues that obscurity is the best fate for this. Catlett does show he is better than the material -- acting his part like he's in His Girl Friday -- but he is let down by the whole cheapness of the Columbia short subject milieu. I'm not sure why Del Lord fell so far off form for this, though.

For short subject fans only.

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