Dizzy Detectives (1943)

Dizzy Detectives poster

Columbia Pictures
 The Three Stooges
Directed by: Jules White

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: The Three Stooges go from being carpenters to landing jobs as policemen and try to thwart a gorilla burglar.

Kitty Cameo: The trio ends up at an antique shop where Curly is left to keep watch while the other look for clues. Curly sits down in a rocking chair, not noticing the long-haired cat sitting next to it.

Dizzy Detectives - long-haired cat sitting behind Curly in rocking chair

'Fraidy Cat - long-haired cat sitting next to rocking chair

We get some moments of the classic “cat’s tail swishes precariously close to the rocking rocker” moments.

Dizzy Detectives - long-haired cat's tail swishing under rocking chair animated gif

Kitty Carnage Warning! The rocker does eventually land on the cat’s tail and it screeches. Chances are the scene was shot without anyone actually in the chair and not much pressure used.

Dizzy Detectives - long-haired cat running away from Curly and rocking chair

Later Curly is keeping watch and marches backwards. Once again he manages to step on the poor cat’s tail, sending it screeching and Curly running in fright.

'Fraidy Cat - long-haired cat lying on the floor

Joe Besser would later do a series of comedy shorts and in 1951 an outing titled ‘Fraidy Cat would re-use the footage of the cat from this short.

Final Mewsings: Cats should fear comedians in rocking chairs

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