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Spooks! (1953)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Horror | 15 June 1953 (USA)
The stooges are private detectives hired to find a missing girl. The boys disguise as pie salesmen and end up wandering around a mad scientist's mansion, trying to find the girl. The boys ... See full summary »

Director:

Jules White

Writer:

Felix Adler (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shemp Howard ... Shemp / Bat with Shemp's Head (as Shemp)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Norma Randall Norma Randall ... Mary 'Bea' Bopper
Philip Van Zandt ... Dr. Jeckyl
Tom Kennedy ... Mr. Hyde
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Storyline

The stooges are private detectives hired to find a missing girl. The boys disguise as pie salesmen and end up wandering around a mad scientist's mansion, trying to find the girl. The boys confront a gorilla and various other bad guys, before rescuing the girl. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Their most hilarious laugh hit! (One-sheet poster). See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tails of Horror See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production number: 4210. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Jeckyll comes after Shemp and Bea Bopper with the hypodermic, he isn't wearing his glasses. But in the 3-D effect shot of the needle, he is. In the next shot, the glasses are gone again. See more »

Quotes

Shemp Howard: Oh, a Be-bopper! Dig that crazy bopper name, eeb eeb eeb... Cool man, real George! Give me some skin! Give me some skin!
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Crazy Credits

Before the opening credits, the Stooges' heads appear and float towards the screen with Larry's head hitting the front of the screen. The 2-D version with this effect is not very convincing. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in 3D. See more »

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The Stooges attempt at 3-D
26 January 2020 | by elisereid-29666See all my reviews

This *might* have been a great short, the materials are certainly there. But the attempt at making this a 3-D film slows it down. Whenever a scene showing off the effect comes up, the film stops dead cold. Was this entertaining when you saw it in a theater? Maybe, but when you watch it on TV, you're only aware of how it slows down the pace. All this is unfortunate because there are a lot of good gags and lines in the picture, which would have made it one of the better shorts of the Shemp era (indeed, perhaps of *any* era), but with the way it stops like that, it makes it uncomfortable to sit through.


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