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Private defectives... uh, detectives, Dick and Gus are asked by Alice Morton to investigate the disappearance and possible murder of her wealthy grandfather Jonas Morton. The duo encounter houseguest Mr. Grooch and his two assistants, who are behind the goings-on, and plotting to steal the Morton fortune. Creepy butler Jarvis also seems to have an ulterior motive. Dick and Gus' presence is not appreciated, and they find themselves the targets of poison, gunfire, and an electrifying death trap.

This short was written for The Three Stooges, Moe, Larry & Curly, but reassigned to Schilling & Lane when Curly suffered a stroke on May 6, 1946. According to Ed Bernds, because the short was already set to go into production when Curly fell ill, there was no time to rewrite it... it went before the cameras "as is," with Dick and Gus working off a Stooges script. Schilling assumed most of Curly's lines, Lane took on Moe's lines, and Larry's material was split between the two actors.

A copy of the script resides in Jules White's files at The Motion Picture Academy Library in Beverly Hills CA, and substantiates Bernds' account. A transcription of the Stooges' script appears in The Three Stooges Journal # 108 (Winter 2003) and # 109 (Spring 2004).

PARDON MY TERROR was eventually rewritten by Ed Bernds, and adapted for Moe, Larry and Shemp as WHO DONE IT? (1949).

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Release Date
September 12, 1946
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17.2 min.

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Prod. No.:   4068
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1946-05-10   To: 1946-05-14

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Posted 2010-08-16 00:56:37 by [Deleted Member]
This isn't that bad of a short. Even though it was to originally star The Three Stooges, Gus Schilling and Richard Lane do decent jobs in this short. Schilling was playing sort of a combination of Larry and Curly and Lane was basically playing Moe. If the Stooges were to star in this short, it would have been disappointing to watch since Curly's health was detoriating very quickly. This was also Kenneth McDonald's earliest appearance in a Columbia short, as well as Philip Van Zandt and Dick Wessel.

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