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Average Rating:     [8.27/10]   27 votes


The Stooges are private detectives who take a case to find a man's missing daughter. Dressing as "door-to-door" pie salesmen, they investigate the neighborhood where she went missing and come across a deserted old house. They're locked in and discover a mad scientist and his hatchetman, who are planning to transplant the girl's brain into a gorilla.


Featuring
Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
June 15, 1953
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
15.75 min.
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Production Notes   (3)
Working Title(s):   CUCKOO DETECTIVES
Prod. No.:   4210
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1953-05-11   To: 1953-05-15

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 7.25)
Face Slaps: 12 Eye Pokes: 2 Head Bonks: 2 Pastry Thrown: 13

Stooge Quotes   (6)
  • "Oh, a Be-bopper! Dig that crazy bopper name, eeb eeb eeb... Cool man, real George! Give me some skin! Give me some skin!"
    (Shemp)

  • "Oh no, Dr. Jekyll!" "Dr. Jekyll? We must Hyde!"
    (Norma Randall & Shemp)

  • "Divorce Evidence Manufactured to Your Order"
    (Sign on door)

  • "See, there's somethin' fishy here." "Yeh, you two suckers!" [smack!]
    (Shemp & Moe)

  • "Oohh! What a hideous, monstrous face!"
    (Shemp)

  • "... That great, big chimney-panzee! He looked just like my mother-in-law!"
    (Shemp)


Stooge Goofs   (4)
  • Dubbed-In Line
    When Larry says â€Å"The door - open it, Moe!”, his mouth isn't moving.

  • Dubbed-In Word
    When Moe is telling Shemp to look through the window (so he can kick him inside the house), he says â€Å"There's nothing in there to get scared of”, but his mouth doesn't move when we hear him say â€Å"of” and the way he says â€Å"of” sounds different from the way he says the rest of his sentence. Moe must've forgotten to finish his line, so they had to dub the last word in during post-editing.

  • Keep Your Glasses On
    The second time the creators show the "3D" injection, the shot of the mad scientist before and after the effect shows him without glasses on.

  • No Mouth Movement/Dubbed voice
    When the Stooges arrive at the house, Larry says "Be careful with the pies fellows, don't drop the pies" but the sound is dubbed in (you don't actually see his mouth at all.)


Stooge Routines   (8)

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Audio Files   (3)
  • Oh, a Bee Bopper!
    Wave Sound (60.55 Kb)
    "What's the name please?" "George B. Bopper." "Oh a bee bopper! Dig that crazy bopper name! Cool man, real george! Give me some skin!"

  • Spooks - Hideous Face
    Wave Sound (23.50 Kb)
    "What a hideous, monsterous face! Oh..."

  • Shemp
    Wave Sound (33.64 Kb)
    (How the heck do you spell this?)


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Fan Reviews   (13)
Re: SPOOKS!
Posted 2010-12-27 00:23:35 by Shemp_Diesel

Another funny, detective style film from the Shemp-era stooges. The 3-D gags may seem hokey to some, but I think it's the hokey-ness of it that adds to the humor, especially when you can see the strings attached to the objects that go flying through the air. I also love that Shemp-bat (what a hideous, monstrous face), Norma Randall certainly had a beautiful pair of eyes, and you get some pies tossed at the end.

3 1/2 pokes


Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Re: SPOOKS!
Posted 2008-11-08 22:06:54 by The 4th Stooge
Well, I may be one of the few that trudged out in 105 degree heat to the local 7-11 to get my 3-D glasses, but there was NO WAY I was going to miss seeing the "color" Spooks. Granted, this was around 1981, so I don't know if they've ever shown the "real" version since. But with Shemp's "What a beautiful pair of eyes!", the needle that Dr. Jekyll holds towards the camera for a bit too long (but it works), all makes up for a wonderful short--especially the opening card--it was neat to see a different beginning than the usual one.Going by my 1981 viewing, I still have to give it 4 pokes. If I dig up the DVD, even though I can't give it 5, I'll give it 5 in spirit!(Luckily, I was able to tranfer it to DVD before that ol' 1981 tape disintergrated!)
Re: SPOOKS!
Posted 2007-10-02 23:03:21 by IFleecem
Good 3-D effort. Main attractions, New opening scene with Larrys head hitting the screen, Shemp-Bat and the gorilla as always. Stooges, gorilla, Pies and a scary house. Priceless.
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2005-09-28 00:37:44 by Curlington

There were some obvious screw ups in this one, but I still loved it. Norma Randall is gorgeous. One thing I liked about her other than her obviously beautiful appearance was her look of absolute delight as Moe, Shemp and Larry were throwing the pies at the Mad Doctor and his ugly assistant. She was having a blast....that is, until part of a pie got int her mouth.

Two things to do if you are in a Pie Fight with the Three Stooges: Close your eyes and your mouth.

Three eye pokes.

Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2003-09-10 17:58:00 by jaronson
I think this short is underrated. At least the set up for the main plot is a detective scenario as opposed to the lame set up in A BIRD IN THE HEAD. I have not seen this in 3-D, so I'm only judging it on the 2-D version. The best part was when the gorilla smashed Jekyll and Hydes' heads together and put them in the cage. That had got to hurt since it looked like the gorilla smashed the heads hard.

Grade: B+ (3 1/2 pokes)

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2003-02-25 04:22:00 by Bruckman
Except for the 3-D gimmick, this is fairly routine Stoogian schtick, with the usual amount of "scare" reaction gags, a dark old house, a mad scientist, a talking gorilla, etc., which have all been used before and are well-worn. Thrown in are a few inventive gags (the opening scene is classic, the Shemp-bat is a hilarious throwaway gag) but most of the creativity seems reserved for the then high-tech concept of 3-D imaging which is lost to most contemporary viewers. Still, the idea of being on the receiving end of one of Moe's eyepokes is intriguing. Some of the plot points are so obvious they're laughable (whoever heard of nocturnal traveling pie salesmen?--it's obviously just an excuse to heave a few cream pies in 3-D) and remind me of "Doctor Tongue's Evil House of Pancakes" sketch on SCTV. Shemp leering at the photo of la femme Bopper's pair of....assets provides an unexpectedly risque laugh.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2002-01-12 02:42:00 by waynesworld
I always wondered why the 3-D ones with Shemp were in black & white, it seems redundant to me. Perhaps the shorts were in color originally & later made BW for television. Not many people had color sets in the early 50s. I agree that the 3-D scenes slowed this one down."For Duty & Humanity."
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2001-11-07 10:58:00 by Mike Holme
I watched this one again, and you know what, I like this one now. The 3-D actually makes it weirder and unique. Weirdness isn't a bad thing by the way, I like difference in stooge shorts sometimes. At first I was disappointed because of Mitch Shapiro's review on this at 3-stooges.com which described the environment as a mansion so I thought that the scenery would be as nice as "Dopey Dicks". Oh well, this is a great short in its own right.3 1/2 pokesEdited by - Mike Holme on 11/10/2001 4:36:04 PM

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2001-07-07 02:56:00 by [Deleted Member]
"Spooks" was a horror/comedy short I can really tip my hat to, thanks to that Stooge brand of comedy. I also have a pair of 3D glasses, so next time it comes on, I'll check out those effects for myself. I loved that bat!ISLIPP- there's no better way to speed through your day! ©2001
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2001-05-25 23:10:00 by Giff me dat fill-em!
Mike,I don't know quite what you mean by "the 3D not mastered as well as Pardon My Backfire", since I've NEVER seen either of these episodes in 3D. But, I CAN say that the comedy lags in a 2D version of the episodes while the Stooges "stop the story" to throw/hurl/lob something directly at the camera. However, the "3D-seen-in-2D" scenes of the evil scientist with the "extra-long" syringe pointed directly at the audience is creepy enough ... I can only IMAGINE how skin-crawling it must have been for a 3D audience!Edited by - Giff me dat fill-em! on 5/27/01 4:40:22 PM
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2001-05-10 21:51:00 by B. Bopper
I think it this is a very funny short. I actually have a pair of 3-D glasses, and they did work a little bit, and it was fantastic!
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2001-04-14 22:13:00 by [Deleted Member]
I enjoyed this one a lot. The main reason that the 3-D gags might seem bad to us is simply because we're not seeing it in 3-D like it was intended. I would love to actually see this one in its original 3-D form with the glasses and all. Only thing is, I've yet to see decent 3-D done on a television screen and this short isn't likely to get re-released on the big screen. So, I may not ever get that chance. Ah, well, life goes on.
Re: SPOOKS
Posted 2001-01-18 12:17:00 by Uncle Mortimer
I also liked the new opening credits.. and the 'Shemp bat' is freaky and unique to say the least! But my favorite part in "SPOOKS" is yet another great Shemp bit; (when the missing girl's father states his name as George B. Bopper) Shemp: "Oh, a beeee-bopper, dig that craaaaazy bopper name..coool man, real george, gimmie some skin, gimmie some skin!" Then Moe gives him a 3-D fountain pen to the nose. Again Shemp's delivery is perfect! The guy was not only hilarious..I think that he actually was hip and cool for that time. Also, there's the risque line from Shemp, when Larry pulls out the picture of the missing ("BUSTY") girl..Shemp: "That girl has a beautiful PAIR OF EYES!" Over all, "SPOOKS" is a fun, campy short. The 3-D sequences do slow down the comedy and it's definately not their best, but I still think it's enjoyable, unique and "COOL MAN, REAL GEORGE!!!"

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