the most obvious seam. The two films in question, Crime on their Hands and Hot Scots were made in 1948, and Hot Ice was made in 1955, so about all one has to go on is the length of the bags under the Stooges' eyes. In the new footage, obviously, the bags are longer and more filled with baggage. Also, Stooge mainstay Kenneth MacDonald was called in for a couple reshoots so he can explain that, in addition to the Punjab diamond, they'll call the circus to collect ransom money for the gorilla they've kidnapped! Thanks a lot for spoiling the surprise, Ken! LOL.
Now, for those of you like me who were expecting the triumphant return of Herbert Evans as the Earl of Glenheather Castle, well... first of all, the dude sadly died in '52. Anything to get out of doing another Stooge short. And second, they only use footage from the setup of The Hot Scots with Inspector McCormick. They cut out his best line, too! "I say! Most impressive!" But they kept the knowing look to his assistant. Editors can be god damned cruel most times.
And so, the heavy lifting is done by Crime on their Hands. But it's a toss-up as to which is the better ending. The gorilla with the British accent in Crime on their Hands? Priceless. The ending of Hot Ice where Moe takes over the surgery where Dapper Dan left off? Goes on a bit too long. Nevertheless, they picked a fine two to remake. Good mashup.
-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan