Dunked in the Deep

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Dunked in the Deep
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Gene Roth
Cinematography Vincent J. Farrar
Edited by Edwin H. Bryant
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
November 3, 1949 (U.S.)
Running time
16' 46"
Country United States
Language English

Dunked in the Deep is the 119th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are tricked into becoming stowaways by their neighbor Mr. Borscht (Gene Roth), a spy for a fictitious USSR-like country. Stranded on a freighter on the high seas, and sustained by eating salami, they discover that their 'friend' has concealed stolen microfilm in watermelons. After a wild chase, the boys overtake Borscht and recover the microfilm.

Shemp gets some melon in Dunked in the Deep; Gene Roth (far left) looks on

Production notes[edit]

Dunked in the Deep was reworked in 1956 as Commotion on the Ocean using ample stock footage.[1]

The voice heard on the radio broadcast is Moe; Shemp Howard accidentally cut his hand on the lock when he rushes to the door in an effort to open it.[1]

Hiding microfilm in watermelons is an allusion to an actual event from the previous year. In 1948, Time managing editor Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist spy-turned government informer, accused Alger Hiss of being a member of the Communist Party and a spy for the Soviet Union. In presenting evidence against Hiss, Chambers produced the Pumpkin Papers: four rolls of microfilm of State Department documents, which Chambers had concealed in a hollowed-out pumpkin on his Maryland farm.[2]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 
  2. ^ Chambers, Whittaker (1952). Witness. Random House. pp. 751–755. ISBN 0-89526-571-0. 

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