The Hot Scots

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The Hot Scots
Directed by Edward Bernds
Produced by Hugh McCollum
Written by Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Christine McIntyre
Herbert Evans
Charles Knight
Ted Lorch
Clive Morgan
James Logan
Cinematography Allen G. Siegler
Edited by Henry DeMond
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 8, 1948 (1948-07-08)
Running time 17' 16"
Country United States
Language English

The Hot Scots is the 108th 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 try to get jobs with Scotland Yard after graduating from a correspondence detective school. They end up as "Yard Men" picking up trash and pruning the hedges. They inadvertently get their chance to crack a case. Dressed in kilts and talking in phony Scottish accents, the Stooges (as McMoe, McLarry, and McShemp) are given the task of guarding the prized possessions of The Earl of Glenheather Castle (Herbert Evans). The castle staff are actually ransacking the castle while the boys sleep there, though they eventually arrest the crooks.

A dancing skeleton give the Stooges anything but a restful night in The Hot Scots

Production notes[edit]

Like Squareheads of the Round Table and Fiddlers Three, The Hot Scots was filmed on the existing set of the feature film The Bandit of Sherwood Forest. It was remade in 1954 as Scotched in Scotland, using ample stock footage.[1]

Christine McIntyre's character's name of Lorna Doone is taken from the title character of a romance/historical novel set in 17th century England. There is also a reference to the Nabisco shortbread cookies of the same name (Lorna offering cookies to Moe).[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The Hot Scots was one of five Stooge shorts included in a 1995 airing of the TBS Halloween special The Three Stooges Fright Night.[3]


  1. ^ Maurer, Joan Howard; Jeff Lenburg, Greg Lenburg (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5. 
  2. ^ Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 
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