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For Crimin' Out Loud

For Crimin' Out Loud is the 170th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges work for Miracle Detective Agency, and are hired by a middle-aged millionaire named John Goodrich to track down some racketeers who've threatened his life. Upon arrival at Old man Goodrich's mansion, the boys are quickly seduced by a beautiful blonde who puts a dose of poison to Shemp's drink. Moe and Larry revive Shemp and a spectacular chase ensues, culminating in a lights-out fight, with the Stooges coming out on top.


  • For Crimin' Out Loud is a reworking of 1949's Who Done It? using ample stock footage from the original film.
  • This was the last short film that contained new footage of Shemp. On November 23, 1955, Shemp went out with his friends to a boxing match at the Hollywood Legion Stadium. After the fight was over, Shemp hailed a taxicab to take him to his North Hollywood home with his friend Al Winston. Shemp sat back and lit up his cigar. Suddenly, he slumped over into Winston's lap, accidentally burning Winston with the cigar. Shemp had had a heart attack, and was dead at the age of 60.
  • The first five minutes of For Crimin' Out Loud consists of new footage. The remainder of the film (save one closeup of the Stooges after Shemp is poisoned) is made up of stock footage.

Further reading

  • Moe Howard and the Three Stooges; by Moe Howard , (Citadel Press, 1977).
  • One Fine Stooge: A Frizzy Life in Pictures; by Steve Cox and Jim Terry , (Cumberland House Publishing, 2006).

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