Shivering Sherlocks (1948)

SHIVERING SHERLOCKS (1948)
Short
Article 2433 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-26-2007
Posting Date: 4-10-2008
Directed by Del Lord
Featuring Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard

The Three Stooges are mistaken for robbers in an armed robbery, but they’re only witnesses. They work at a restaurant for a while. Then they stumble upon a haunted house where the real robbers live, and the robbers send out a maniacal murderer to kill them.

From what I gather, goodly portions of this short consist of routines that had previously been done with Curly. As a result, this is not considered one of their best, but their timing is good in it, and I liked it better than some of the others I’ve seen. Still, it’s the ending that makes this, as they encounter Duke York as an ugly hunch-backed killer who chases them with what looks like a machete; it’s this last sequence that adds the horror content to the story (and I use that last word loosely here).

 

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