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Tricky Dicks (1953)

The stooges are policemen on the trail of a murderer. They unsuccessfully interrogate an Italian organ grinder, among other suspects, and then catch the bad guy after a gun fight that nearly destroys the police station.

Director:

Jules White

Writer:

Felix Adler (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Sgt. Moe (as Moe)
Benny Rubin ... Antonio Zucchini Salami Gorgonzola dePizza
Connie Cezon Connie Cezon ... Slick Chick
Ferris Taylor ... Chief of Detectives B.A. Copper
Phil Arnold ... Chopper
Murray Alper ... The Thrill Killer
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Storyline

The stooges are policemen on the trail of a murderer. They unsuccessfully interrogate an Italian organ grinder, among other suspects, and then catch the bad guy after a gun fight that nearly destroys the police station.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cop and Bull Story See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production number: 4199 See more »

Goofs

The Thrill Killer fires his revolver exactly 85 times without reloading. It's common for films to show a revolver being fired after its ammunition should have been exhausted, but this may the most shots fired in the history of the movies. See more »

Quotes

Shemp: The body of your friend Slug McGurk was found wrapped up in newspapers. Now, I know you can't believe everything you see in the newspapers...
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Connections

Edited from Hold That Lion! (1947) See more »

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One set, three Stooges.
7 February 2016 | by kpetnewsSee all my reviews

Perhaps if Columbia and Jules White had used this form of cost-cutting instead of using old footage all the time (though this short does have a small amount of reused footage) the Stooges might have aged gracefully instead of doing embarrassing remakes of previous shorts.

The whole short takes place on one set, a police station. While the slapping and physical gags remain, there's a new emphasis on verbal humor that makes it funnier. Moe's conversation with the mayor, Larry's complaint that a female co-worker "forgot something," and the questioning of Phil Arnold add to a steady stream of gags. On top of it is a running gag about the phone sounding inexplicably like a fire alarm and driving Moe into further stages of madness. It's never remarked upon but it escalates the humor value of the short.

There are some slow spots. Shemp's battle with a monkey is sluggish and adds nothing. And the short ends in a ridiculous shootout with Murray Alper shooting a gun with approximately 90 rounds, making the finale rote and repetitive. But the rest of the short is a clever way to exploit Columbia's shrinking budgets. When you can't get production values, up the writing game.


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