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 date
  • November 3, 1949 (1949-11-03) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Dunked in the Deep is the 119th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1949 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio 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 Borscht has concealed stolen microfilm in watermelons. After a wild chase, the boys overtake Borscht and recover the microfilm.

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]

Dunked in the Deep was filmed March 29-April 1, 1949 and was actually the 126th Stooge short filmed even though it was released as the 119th. The first seven Stooge shorts released the following year in 1950 had already been completed before Dunked in the Deep began production.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 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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