GenreComedy, Short CinematographyRay Cory WriterFelix Adler (story) LanguageEnglish
Edward Bernds (stock footage) Release dateNovember 8, 1956 (U.S.) DirectorsJules White, Edward Bernds CastShemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard (Moe), Joe Palma, Emil Sitka Similar moviesPacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, For the Birds
TaglineThe Stooges are reporters chasing a spy who has stolen atomic documents.
Commotion on the Ocean is the 174th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1956 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard, in his final starring role). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
The Stooges play janitors who work at a newspaper office, begging to be given a chance to become reporters. The managing editor (Charles C. Wilson) promises to think about it over dinner. The phone rings while he is out and Moe answers. The person on the other end is one of the boss's reporters, Smitty (Emil Sitka), who relays a scoop to Moe that some important documents have been stolen by foreign spies. Coincidentally, the spy with the microfilmed documents, Mr. Borscht (Gene Roth) lives next door to the Stooges. He and the boys wind up as stowaways on an ocean liner. Stranded on a freighter on the high seas, and sustained by eating salami, the boys eventually overtake Borscht, recover the microfilm, and are thrilled with their newspaper scoop.
Larry: "You can take my word for it; when it comes to fish, I'm a common-sewer!"