Production Information
Spook Louder 
Studio: Columbia
Short Number: 69
Release Date: April 2, 1943
Running Time: 15:59

“I’ll knock your head right through your socks!


Spook Louder Short Take

Spook Louder is told in flashback by Professor J.O. Dunkfeather (Lew Kelly) in an interview with a newspaper reporter (Stanley Brown). The Professor relates to the reporter the story of Graves, the master spy (Ted Lorch). As the tale begins, we see the Three Stooges as traveling salesmen, trying their best to sell their “Miracle Reducing Machine”, which essentially shakes and rattles off the pounds (as Curly demonstrates). Upon failing to sell any of their machines, they trudge onward, needing money to pay their rent. As luck would have it, the boys stumble upon the home of Graves, who assumes the Stooges are the new caretakers. Graves is on his way to Washington, D.C. to test his new death ray machine, and leaves his eerie, spooky mansion in the hands of the trio. Naturally, spies disguised in Halloween costumes show up once Graves departs. The Stooges are on edge the entire time, particularly because mysterious cream pies continuously come flying out of thin air. After being cornered by the spies, the Stooges detonate a bomb given to them by Graves before he departed; they end up subduing the thieves, thus assuring that Graves’ secrets remain in good hands.

Back in the office, the reporter is desperate to know who was throwing the cream pies. Dunkfeather confesses that he was throwing the pies; however, this claim is compromised when, out of nowhere, a pie flies into his face.

Spook Louder Cast & Crew

Directed byDel Lord
Produced byDel Lord
Hugh McCollum
Written byClyde Bruckman
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Stanley Blystone
Lew Kelly
Symona Boniface
Stanley Brown
Charles Middleton
Ted Lorch
Shirley Patterson
CinematographyJohn Stumar
Edited byPaul Borofsky

Spook Louder Trivia

  • The title Spook Louder is a pun combining the request “speak louder” with the “spooks” of a mansion.
  •  It is a remake of the 1931 Mack Sennett film The Great Pie Mystery.
  • Co-stars Charles Middleton and Ted Lorch also appeared together in the 1936 serial Flash Gordon.
  • Spook Louder was one of several World War II-era Stooges shorts that engaged in propaganda against the then-enemy Japanese, with others including No Dough BoysBooby Dupes and, notably, The Yokes on Me.
  • Several scenes from Spook Louder appear in the 1992 film Radio Flyer.
  • Moe’s hair stands on end for the first time in Spook Louder.
  • What was Dr. Graves trying to sell the government in Spook Louder? (A: A Death Ray)

Production Notes

Filmed on July 17-21, 1942.