Dizzy Detectives (1943) starring the Three Stooges – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard)
In Dizzy Detectives, the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly) are inept carpenters, who become inept police officers. A burglar, seemingly disguised as a gorilla, has the police chief I. Dolittle (played by Three Stooge regular Bud Jamison) baffled and has the head of a citizen’s league, Mr. Dill, threatening the police chief’s job.
The chief, in turn, threatens the Stooges, who pretend to be watchmen at Gypsom Good Antiques. Sure enough, the burglar appears. Only to be revealed as a real gorilla, owned and trained by Mr. Dill himself. The typical Three Stooges fight ensues, with the boys defeating Mr. Dill and his henchmen. Curly defeats the gorilla by head-butting the creature — however, the gorilla had accidentally swallowed nitroglycerin, and blows up!
A very solid Three Stooges short film, available on DVD as part of The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 4: 1943-1945, as well as on The Three Stooges – Cops and Robbers. You may also want to check out funny movie quotes from Dizzy Detectives starring the Three Stooges.
Trivia about Dizzy Detectives starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly)
The first part of the film with the Stooges as carpenters is stock footage from Pardon My Scotch.
- Dizzy Detectives was remade as Fraidy Cat in 1951, and as Hook a Crook in 1955.
Cast of characters
- Curly Howard … Curly
- Larry Fine … Larry
- Moe Howard … Moe
- Bud Jamison (Back to the Woods) … I. Doolittle – Police Commissioner
- John Tyrrell (If a Body Meets a Body) … Mr. Dill
- Dick Botiller … Police Detective
- Lynton Brent (Beer Barrel Polecats) … Mike – Crook
- Ray Corrigan (Crime on their Hands) … Bonzo the Gorilla
- Dick Jensen … Crook