For Crimin' Out Loud

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For Crimin' Out Loud
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Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Edward Bernds
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Barbara Bartay
Emil Sitka
Duke York
Ralph Dunn
Christine McIntyre
Charles Knight
Cinematography Irving Lippman
Edited by Harold White
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 3, 1956 (1956-05-03) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

For Crimin' Out Loud is the 170th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1956 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 work for Miracle Detective Agency, and are hired by a middle-aged millionaire named John Goodrich (Emil Sitka) to track down some racketeers who have threatened his life. Upon arrival at Old Man Goodrich's mansion, the boys are quickly seduced by a beautiful blonde (Christine McIntyre) who puts a dose of poison in Shemp's drink. Moe and Larry revive Shemp and a spectacular chase ensues, culminating in a lights-out fight, with the Stooges coming out on top.

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For Crimin' Out Loud is a reworking of 1949's Who Done It? (itself a remake of the Schilling and Lane short Pardon My Terror) using ample stock footage from the original film. The first five minutes consist of new footage filmed on June 30, 1955. The remainder of the film (save one closeup of the Stooges after Shemp is poisoned) is made up of stock footage.[1] The title is a play on the expression, "For crying out loud!"[1]

For Crimin' Out Loud is the last film released to contain new footage of Shemp Howard. However, it was not the last one filmed. For Crimin' Out Loud was filmed on June 30, 1955: the previous release, Flagpole Jitters, was actually filmed the next day on July 1 but the first of the two films to be released. Shemp died of a sudden heart attack on November 22, 1955, before any new films were produced.[2][1]

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