For Crimin' Out Loud is the 170th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges work for Miracle Detective Agency, and are hired by a middle-aged millionaire named John Goodrich (Emil Sitka) to track down some racketeers who have threatened his life. Upon arrival at Old Man Goodrich's mansion, the boys are quickly seduced by a beautiful blonde (Christine McIntyre) who puts a dose of poison in Shemp's drink. Moe and Larry revive Shemp and a spectacular chase ensues, culminating in a lights-out fight, with the Stooges coming out on top.


  • For Crimin' Out Loud is a reworking of 1949's Who Done It? using ample stock footage from the original film.
  • This was the last short film that contained new footage of Shemp. On November 22, 1955, Shemp died from sudden heart attack.
  • The first five minutes of For Crimin' Out Loud consists of new footage. The remainder of the film (save one closeup of the Stooges after Shemp is poisoned) is made up of stock footage.
  • The title of the film is a play on the expression, "For crying out loud!"


  • Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. pp. 479. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4.