Short Number: 128
Release Date: December 7, 1950
Running Time: 17:33
“Camel’s hair brush? Hmmmh… must be da hump.”
Moe, Larry, and Shemp are furniture makers in A Snitch In Time and Miss Scudder, a customer Moe’s sweet on, calls up and wants them to move some new furniture into her house because new boarders are arriving. At her house, The Stooges commit a series of blunders before discovering that the boarders are jewel thieves and a wild chase ensues. Will the police arrive in time?
Cast & Crew
|Directed by||Edward Bernds|
|Produced by||Hugh McCollum|
|Written by||Elwood Ullman|
John L. Cason
Fred F. Sears
|Edited by||Henry DeMond|
A Snitch in Time has been consistently ranked as the most violent Stooge film of the Shemp era. Unlike the Curly-era equivalent They Stooge to Conga, in which all three Stooges receive their fair share of abuse, most of the violence in A Snitch in Time is directed at Moe. In its opening four minutes, Moe gets his nose and buttocks jammed into the blade of a whirling circular saw, as well as getting glue in his eye and stuck on his hands.
- A Snitch in Time was filmed December 13–16, 1949, the last Stooge film produced in the 1940s.
- Interestingly, though Columbia short subject head/director Jules White was known for the use of excessive violence in his films, A Snitch in Time was directed by Edward Bernds, who always maintained that the violence was not to be excessive in the films he directed.
- The title A Snitch in Time parodies the aphorism “a stitch in time saves nine.”