Production Information
Hot Ice
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 165
Release Date: October 6, 1955
Running Time: 16:08

Short Take

The Stooges are wannabe detectives who inadvertently get their chance to crack a case in Scotland. They manage to stumble on a lead concerning the priceless Punjab diamond being stolen by a crook named Dapper (Kenneth MacDonald). With dreams of becoming genuine detectives, the trio head for Squid McGuffy’s cafe asking for the whereabouts of Dapper.

While searching several rooms above the cafe, The Stooges stumble on Dapper’s moll (Christine McIntyre), who hastily hides the Punjab diamond in a candy dish. The Boys refuse to leave, suspecting Dapper will eventually show his face. While killing time, Shemp starts to flirt with the moll, and manages to swallow the ice along with some mints from the candy dish. The gal nearly has a nervous breakdown but quickly discovers The Stooges are not actually real detectives. She calls in Dapper and his henchman Muscles (Cy Schindell) and frantically try to pry the diamond out of frazzled Shemp.

After all else fails, Dapper decides to cut him open. Moe and Larry are locked in a closet by Muscles while Shemp is tied down on a desk-turned-operating table. As luck would have it, there happens to be a bag of tools in the closet, which Moe and Larry use to saw their way out of the closet, and right into a gorilla’s cage on the other side of the wall. The gorilla knocks Moe, Larry, Dapper and Muscles cold. The beast, however, befriends Shemp, and helps him cough up the diamond.

Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byElwood Ullman
Jack White
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Kenneth MacDonald
Christine McIntyre
Cy Schindell
Barbara Bartay
George Lloyd
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byAnthony DiMarco

Hot Ice Trivia

Production Notes

  • In new footage, supporting actor Joe Palma doubles for Cy Schindell who died 7 years prior
  • Filming of new scenes took place on January 17, 1955