Jan. 19 (not Jan. 9) / Prod. No. 4022 /
15 m / p
Hugh McCollum / d
st scr Del Lord / ph Benjamin
Kline / e Henry Batista / a
Charles Clague / C: Vernon Dent (Mr. Black),
Vic Travers (Patent Office Man), Snub Pollard (Watchman), Christine
McIntyre (Girl), Brian O' Hara (I.Cheatam) and Heinie Conklin (Devil)
The Stooges invent a colossal
"Fly catching machine" and try selling it to a patent office
clerk. An eavesdropping woman from the Cheatam Investment Com. mistakes
the Stooges as winners of a sweepstakes worth $100,000. Once she discovers
that she was wrong, however, her two crooked associates chase the
Stooges into a sporting goods shop where a rifle falls on Curly's
head. He takes the weapon and accidentally fires it hitting a mannequin
and thinking that he's killed a real man. With no time to lose they
just stuff the mannequin into a trash bag and decide to bury the evidence
at the Ever Rest Pet Cemetary. A night watchman hears them digging,
however, and calls the cemetary owner Mr. Black. Mr. Black angrily
leaves his costume party bringing two of his partners who are dressed
as a devil and a skeleton. Naturally, Black and his men scare the
Stooges out of their shoes (literally) and out of the cemetary!
Did you know that a prop man dug a hole and covered it with rubber
to achieve the effect of Larry sliding under the door at the cemetery?
They quickly pulled him under and filmed the shot as a speed shot.
The gag of disposing
of a mock dead body was also used in Habeas Corpus (1928), with
Laurel and Hardy.