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You're Next! (1940)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 3 May 1940 (USA)
Two goofball private detectives are hired to find a millionaire who has been kidnapped by a mad scientist.


Del Lord


Elwood Ullman (screenplay), Harry Edwards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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


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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (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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Madman wants to turn a guy into a gorilla....need I say more?!
18 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although the Three Stooges made a lot of comedy shorts for Columbia Pictures, the studio also made many hundreds of comedy shorts during this same era (roughly 1934-1956) with many other comedians, such as Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Charley Chase and more. In "You're Next!", Columbia paired Walter Catlett and Monte Collins and put them into a plot like you'd expect from the Stooges.

Slocum and Pruitt have a detective agency. They're called to protect a rich guy (Roscoe Ates) from kidnappers. However, they do nothing to stop it from occurring (since they are idiots) and soon their client is in the hands of a madman who wants to turn him into a gorilla! Later, a gorilla appears and the duo spend most of the film running away and acting scared.

The plot involves a sick guy trying to turn people into gorillas. Do I really need to say more than that?! After all, the idea is totally stupid and the film doesn't even have a single decent laugh.

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