Shemp brings it as usual. But don't worry; for those of you sadists out there in the audience who like to watch dreams get crushed, that happens here.
The plot? I suppose I should mention it. With the threat of television ever-advancing, and the Stooges not yet dominating it with their body of work, it's time for a TV show parody, so why not Dragnet? A show ripe for satire if there ever was one. We'll leave the classic 1987 movie version aside for now, probably forever. It's the classic three-act structure: 1) we see the Stooges at war, either Korea or WWII, 2) we see the Stooges at detective school, and 3) we see the Stooges on their first big case. SPOILER ALERT: Needles to say, the punishment for not solving a crime is a bit steep, but maybe it's just the motivation that cops these days should have!
Even the Stooges aim for the stars. At the start, we hear a police siren. Moe says "That's a police car. Half the time it's our home and our office." Take that, James Ellroy! Also, the fetching "Alma Matter" tells the Stooges, "When placing handcuffs on a criminal, it must be done quickly!" See? These Stooge shorts are occasionally edja-ma-cational! Go figure. Another spoiler: Now, I've been watching these Stooge shorts for years, but this is the first time I've heard Moe refer to an 81-C. But ever the professionals, Shemp and Larry act like they've been doing this maneuver for years. Basically, it involves Moe sticking both sets of eye-poking fingers out, and the other two have to run into them as hard as they can. Well, not too hard, these days; Moe's getting on in years. I thought for sure that Moe would say afterwards "Anyone see?" but no dice. Oh well. Otherwise, this one's a classic. Comedy names? Check. Comedy wallets? Check. Ooh! I think I forgot to mention this earlier. This is the second time I've noticed this happening: the opening "Three Blind Mice" theme's a little bit funky at 0:18. Anyway, aren't some things better when they're not perfect?
Good double bill with: The Unmentionables
-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan