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'Fraidy Cat (1951)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 13 December 1951 (USA)
Hired as guards to protect an antique shop, Joe and Jim run into a gorilla who has been trained by a gang of thieves to rob the store.



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Credited cast:
Hawthorne (as hawthorne)
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Gorilla (archive footage) (unconfirmed)


Joe Besser and his pal are assigned by Tom Kennedy, head of the Wide Awake Dtectiv Agency, to guard the Jeweler Antique Building, which a mysterious gorilla has been looting. After a battle involving guillotines, dummies and devil-masks, the two catch the gorilla, plus the two crooks who have master-minding the gorilla's activities. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

13 December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silly Sleuths  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade as Hook a Crook (1955) See more »

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Okay remake of a Stooges short
2 April 2017 | by (Chicora, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

From 1949 until 1956, Joe Besser made 10 two-reel comedies for Columbia Pictures before he was assigned to be the third stooge for the famous trio's final series of comedy shorts. Most of the output was mostly army comedies, but this short is a scene-by-scene copy of the 1943 Stooges short DIZZY DETECTIVES. Besser is paired with radio comedian Jim Hawthorne, who was hired by Jules White as a comic sidekick for a few of Besser's two-reelers.

They play detectives who are told by their boss (Tom Kennedy) to guard an antique store late at night to prevent a trained gorilla from robbing the place. They eventually have a run-in with two thieves who are planning to rob the place themselves.

This short would be remade again a few years later, as HOOK A CROOK with a new plot and even new footage featuring Dudley Dickerson as a janitor. Hawthorne would team up with Besser again in AIM, FIRE, SCOOT!, a remake, of sorts, of the Stooges' classic BOOBS IN ARMS.

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