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Feb 5 / Prod. No. 529 / 181/2
m / p d Jules
White / st scr Felix Adler
/ ph Benjamine Kline /
e Jerome Thoms / a Carl Anderson
/ C: John Tyrell (Mr. Dill), Bud Jamison
(I. Doolittle), Dick Jenson (Second Crook), and Lynton Brent (Mike,
the first Crook)
Mysterious burgalaries are the skinny all over town
as the Ape Man strikes again. Joe Dill, the head of the Citizens'
League, demands that something be done to stop this Ape Man. I. Doolittle
(The Police Inspector) fearing a forced resignation hires three new
detectives to help out. In come the Stooges ready for action! Hot
on the trail, the boys come upon the Ape Man in a curio shop and have
a series of freak adventure. Curly, trying to relax in a rocking chair
to calm his nerves, rocks back onto the tail of a cat who squeals
in agony. This startles Curly into swallowing his cigar, and running
for cover. In the course of the spooky night, they capture the three
crooks one of them being (Joe Dill) the owner of the Ape.
In this short, Curly shoots himself in the foot, which really happened
in his youth. Offscreen, and often times onscreen, you can notice
a slight limp in Curly's step.
In the opening scene where the Stooges portray carpenters, Curly
cuts through a table with a skillsaw and Moe falls down and actually
broke his ribs as the table collapsed. Not to fear, Moe being a
dedicated Stooge, got up and finished the shot in quite a bit of
Deluxe FN: Carpenter routine was used in
Pardon My Scotch (8/1/35). Remade with Joe Besser and Jim Hawthorne
as Fraidy Cat (12/13/51), and later as Hook and Crook
(11/24/55), also with Besser.