IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945)
Article 4000 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Jules White
Featuring Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard
What it is: The Three Stooges in the Old Dark House
When Curly’s rich uncle dies, he goes to the mansion to claim his inheritance, only to discover that his uncle was murdered, and they’re still looking for the killer.
It’s pretty fun to see the Stooges take on the “old dark house” genre; with a running time of only about twenty minutes, they condense the plot into as little time as possible to make time for their antics, some of which are pretty funny . Fred Kelsey as the detective is a decent foil for the Stooges; he gives back as much as he gets. Curly is not at his best her, but I gather this was made shortly after he suffered a stroke, and it shows a little. Nevertheless, I do admire the way the Stooges knew how to toss off bad jokes fast enough that the work, especially when dealing with the puns surrounding the name of Link.