Hot Ice (1955)
Director: Jules White
Writer: Elwood Ullman, Jack White
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Kenneth MacDonald, Christine McIntyre, Ray Corrigan and Blackie Whiteford.
Tagline: All tangled up with a girl-crook and a lady-gorilla
After barely graduating from a detective school, Larry, Shemp and Moe apply for jobs at Scotland Yard. They’re hired as janitors. While cleaning the grounds they get a lead on the stolen and priceless Punjab diamond. Our boys decide to follow-up. The lead takes them to a hotspot for tough-guy criminals and a pet gorilla. What could go wrong?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Hot Ice (1955) is a mash-up of two Stooges’ 1948 shorts, Crime on Their Hands and The Hot Scots. It makes use of footage from both. Director Jules White loved recycling old Stooges’ shorts and inserting a few new scenes to create “new” stories. Despite the fact that Hot Ice used a lot of footage from two shorts directed by Edward Bernds, only Jules White was created as the director. C’mon, man!
Hot Ice (1955) rates 4 of 5 stars.