Spooks (1953 film)

Last updated
Spooks!
Stooge spooks53.jpg
Directed by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Produced byJules White
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Philip Van Zandt
Tom Kennedy
Norma Randall
Frank Mitchell
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 15, 1953 (1953-06-15)(U.S.)
Running time
15:44
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Spooks! is a 1953 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). It is the 148th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

Contents

Plot

The Stooges are private detectives that are hired to track down a kidnapped girl name Mary Bopper (Norma Randall), daughter of George B. Bopper (Frank Mitchell). They decide to trace Bopper back to where she was last seen, which leads them to mad scientist Dr. Jeckyl (Philip Van Zandt) and his assistant, Mr. Hyde (Tom Kennedy). There is also a gorilla kept imprisoned in the house for experimental purposes. The Stooges arrive to rescue the kidnapped girl disguised as door-to door pie salesmen.

Cast

Production notes

Spooks! was the first of two Stooge shorts (the other being Pardon My Backfire ) made by Columbia Pictures in 3D, after the 3D craze of 1953 began with Bwana Devil . It originally premiered on May 20, 1953 with the Columbia western Fort Ti (also in 3D). [1] Hence, the lines in the opening scene (addressed to client George B. Bopper, who's awakened the snoozing Stooges):

Moe: We'll be with you before you can say "Fort Ticonderoga."
Larry: If you can say "Fort Ticonderoga."

Both the Columbia 3D Edmond O'Brien thriller Man in the Dark and Spooks! were originally sepia toned in order to allow for more light to pass through the Polaroid filters necessary for the dual-strip 3D projection method of that time. The process did not work as expected and the idea was dropped after these two productions. [1]

This is also the first short in the series filmed for flat wide-screen. Although some films of this period were composed for the Academy aspect ratio and released in wide-screen during the confusion[ clarification needed ], Spooks! and future releases were composed at 1.85:1, Columbia's house ratio.

Spooks! was filmed on May 11–15, 1953, and released just 31 days after production due to Columbia Pictures' desire to cash in on the 3D craze. Conversely, it took five full days to complete filming, due to the complexity of shots and angle required for 3D viewing. New Stooge films produced at the time generally took no more than three days to complete, with remakes usually being completed in a single day. [2]

Spooks! was one of five Stooge films included in the TBS 1995 Halloween special The Three Stooges Fright Night along with If a Body Meets a Body (1945), We Want Our Mummy (1939), The Hot Scots (1948), and Malice in the Palace (1949). [3]

Related Research Articles

<i>Pardon My Backfire</i> 1953 film by Jules White

Pardon My Backfire is a 1953 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 149th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Malice in the Palace</i> 1949 film by Jules White

Malice in the Palace is a 1949 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 117th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Bedlam in Paradise</i> 1955 American film

Bedlam in Paradise is a 1955 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 162nd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Squareheads of the Round Table</i> 1948 American film

Squareheads of the Round Table is a 1948 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 106th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Mummys Dummies</i> 1948 American film

Mummy's Dummies is a 1948 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 111th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Knutzy Knights</i> 1954 American film

Knutzy Knights is a 1954 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 156th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>The Hot Scots</i> 1948 American film

The Hot Scots is a 1948 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 108th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Scotched in Scotland</i> 1954 American film

Scotched in Scotland is a 1954 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 158th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Musty Musketeers</i> 1954 American film

Musty Musketeers is a 1954 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 154th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Stone Age Romeos</i> 1955 American film

Stone Age Romeos is a 1955 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 163rd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Hot Stuff</i> (1956 film) 1956 short film by Jules White

Hot Stuff is a 1956 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 172nd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>If a Body Meets a Body</i> 1945 film by Jules White

If a Body Meets a Body is a 1945 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 86th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Fright Night</i> (1947 film) 1947 American film

Fright Night is a 1947 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 98th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>The Ghost Talks</i> (1949 film) 1949 American film

The Ghost Talks is a 1949 comedy horror short subject, directed by Jules White. The stars are the American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 113th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Vagabond Loafers</i> 1949 American film

Vagabond Loafers is a 1949 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 118th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who appeared in 190 shorts at the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Dopey Dicks</i> 1950 film by Edward Bernds

Dopey Dicks is a 1950 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 122nd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Bubble Trouble</i> (film) 1953 film by Jules White

Bubble Trouble is a 1953 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 151st entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Fling in the Ring</i> 1955 American film

Fling in the Ring is a 1955 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 159th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Hot Ice</i> (1955 film) 1955 American film

Hot Ice is a 1955 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 165th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Creeps</i> (film) 1956 film by Jules White

Creeps is a 1956 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 168th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

References

  1. 1 2 Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN   0-9711868-0-4
  2. Spooks! at threestooges.net
  3. "1992 & 1995 the Three Stooges Fright Night".