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June 15 (2-D Version released March 18th 1954) / Prod.
No. 4210 / 16 m / p
d Jules White / st scr Felix Adler
/ ad Eddie Saeta /
ph Lester H. White / e
Edwin Bryant / a Carl Anderson
/ C: Phil Van Zandt (Dr. Jeckyl), Tom Kennedy (Mr. Hyde),
Norma Randall (Bea Bopper), Johnny Kascier (Moe's Stand-in), B. Rose
(Shemp's Stand-in) and B. Edney (Larry's Stand-in)
When George Bopper's daughter,
Bea, disappears he hires the Super Sleuth Detective Agency - Moe,
Larry, and Shemp - to find her. Disguised as pie salesmen, the Stooges
stumble eventually upon a spooky old mansion where Bea is being held
captive by Dr. Jeckyl, a mad scientist with a mean streak. Mr. Hyde,
his burly assistant, is actually a rather large gorilla. The Stooges
quickly determine that the mansion is nothing but trouble and they
want out. At one point, the Stooges are shown dodging a low-flying
bat, (a very ferocious and UGLY bat) so ugly that his face looks exactly
like Shemp's. When the boys get tangled up with a gang of ghosts it's
pandemonium. As always, however, the boys come out on top, and save
the day, and the lovely Bea from utter disaster.
One of a series of Stooge's shorts
directed by Jules White that were released in "Magical"
3-D. The technology was very new in the early 50's and very hot.
You also see it used the the Norman Maurer Comics produced in the
same year by St. John's Publishing (issue 2 & 3). The idea was
short-lived, however, as it was very expensive and proved to be
a passing fad.
Although quite amusing at times, the
3-D effects don't add even the slightest edge of technological advancement
to the film. But they do add humor, as the effect is far from a
"high-tech" special effect.
4 (M 5/11 to TH 5/14/53) Shot at Columbia Sunset
Studio, Stage 18. FN: The
script cover was "ghost-white" incidentally