A newspaper reporter calls upon
a special investigator to sniff out the inside story behind the breaking
up of the great spy ring. As the investigator tells the story, the
Stooges are seen in a flashback as door-to-door salesmen trying to
peddle the Miracle Massage Reducing Machine. Two unsuccessful sales
later Moe, Larry and Curly pay a visit to the house
of an eccentric scientist, who mistakes them for caretakers. When
the scientist is called to Washington to demonstrate his new death
ray macine, however, he asks the Stooges to sleep in his house overnight
so that spies won't break in and steal his top-secret invention. That
night, climaxing a series of eerie events, the much expected conspirators
invade the establishment and pies (from out of nowhere) mysteriously
start exploding in the faces of everyone involved. Sill in pursuit
of the spies, however, Curly finally scares them away when he whips
out a bomb. The spirit of another being, remains in the house, however,
and throws another round of lemon meringue pies at the Stooges. Out
of the flashback, the question remains, "Who threw those pies?"
The investigator turns to screen answering "Oh, I threw the pies!"
Chuckling devilishly, as he's clobbered with a pie himself.
Charles Middleton plays Ming the Merciless
in the original Flash Gordon serial, and often worked as a foil
for Laurel and Hardy.
4 (F 7/17 to SA 7/18, and M 7/20 to T 7/21/42) FN: A remake of Mack
Sennett's The Great Pie Mystery, also directed by Del Lord.