Dizzy Detectives

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Dizzy Detectives
Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Bud Jamison
Lynton Brent
John Tyrrell
Dick Jensen
Ray "Crash" Corrigan
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by Jerome Thoms
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 5, 1943 (1943-02-05) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Dizzy Detectives is the 68th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1943 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


After an attempt at installing a door with mishaps galore, the boys are recruited by the police chief (Bud Jamison) as police officers. The head of the citizen's league, Mr. Dill (John Tyrrell), warns the police commissioner that he must capture the ape man that is terrorizing the city, or he will have his job.

The boys get a tip that the ape man is burglarizing a particular store and head out to catch him. They patrol the store, with Curly pausing for a while in a rocking chair aside a cat whose tail happens to swing simultaneously with the rocker. The tail gets caught eventually, causing the cat to screech, and Curly to scurry away.

While there, they encounter the ape man named Bonzo (Ray "Crash" Corrigan), who proves to be an actual gorilla after he bends the barrels of the guns the Stooges intended to use against him. The trio then discover several thugs that are behind the gorilla's rampage, including Mr. Dill, who is conspiring to remove the chief so he can be the successor. The gorilla was taken from a circus and not used to this job. The Stooges proceed to beat up the thugs with all manner of fights. After encountering a fake guillotine set, which shocks Larry and Moe, Curly disposes of the gorilla by head butting him. But beforehand, the gorilla drinks a bottle of nitroglycerin the thugs were carrying, causing Bonzo to explode when Curly charges him.

Production notes[edit]

Dizzy Detectives was filmed over four days on June 29-July 2, 1942.[1] The opening carpentry scene is borrowed from 1935's Pardon My Scotch, including footage of Moe crashing to the floor and breaking three ribs.[2]

This is the second of three Stooge shorts with the word "dizzy" in the title.

Dizzy Detectives was remade — line-by-line — with Joe Besser and Jim Hawthorne as Fraidy Cat in 1951; Fraidy Cat was itself remade three years later as Hook A Crook, using stock footage.[2]

The short has Curly with a deeper voice, possibly from a cold or congestion.


  1. ^ Dizzy Detectives at threestooges.net
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Jon (2000). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 

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