‘Dunked In The Deep’ was the 126th short comedy made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Tuesday, March 29 through Friday, April 1 1949 and released on Thursday, November 3rd of that year. (Much of the footage was reused six and a half years later in ‘Commotion On The Ocean’, Shemp’s final film before his untimely death). The film is an excellent Shemp outing and is confined largely to one set, which is always interesting to me since it shows how much the Stooges could do with the increasingly low standards of production values they were subjected to at Columbia as the years went on. (See also ‘Fright Night’, another one-set wonder). The only other actor in this bare-bones production is the stock Stooge ‘heavy’ Gene Roth, who only became an actor when, while visiting the set of a movie that featured Nazi war criminals, a member of the crew noticed that he looked like Ernst Hanfstaegl, a Hitler crony. Thus do some careers in show-biz begin. After many years of character parts, Roth had the misfortune to be taking a walk in Los Angeles one day in 1976 when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. And on that happy note, enjoy the film!


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