Production Information
For Crimin’ Out Loud
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 170
Release Date: May 3, 1956
Running Time: 15:28

“Miracle Detective Agency: If We Solve Your Crime, It’s A Miracle!”

Short Take

The Stooges work for Miracle Detective Agency, and are hired by a middle-aged millionaire named John Goodrich (Emil Sitka) to track down some racketeers who have threatened his life. Upon arrival at Old Man Goodrich’s mansion, the boys are quickly seduced by a beautiful blonde (Christine McIntyre) who puts a dose of poison in 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 Cast & Crew

irected byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
Edward Bernds
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Barbara Bartay
Emil Sitka
Duke York
Ralph Dunn
Christine McIntyre
Charles Knight
CinematographyIrving Lippman
Edited byHarold White

For Crimin’ Out Loud Trivia

  • In the Miracle Detective Agency sequence, Moe says “Remind me to kill you later” to Shemp, and Shemp replies “I won’t have time later” which foreshadows his death on November 22, 1955, several months after this scene was filmed.
  • For Crimin’ Out Loud is a reworking of 1949’s Who Done It? (itself a remake of the Schilling and Lane short Pardon My Terror) using ample stock footage from the original film. The first five minutes consist of new footage filmed on June 30, 1955. The remainder of the film (save one closeup of the Stooges after Shemp is poisoned) is made up of stock footage. The title is a play on the expression, “For crying out loud!”
  • For Crimin’ Out Loud is the last film released to contain new footage of Shemp Howard. However, it was not the last one filmed.

Production Notes

For Crimin’ Out Loud was filmed on June 30, 1955: the previous release, Flagpole Jitters, was actually filmed the next day on July 1 but the first of the two films to be released.