GenreComedy, Short Art directorCary Odell LanguageEnglish
WriterElwood Ullman, Jack White Release dateOctober 6, 1955 (1955-10-06) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Black-and-white CastMoe Howard (Moe), Shemp Howard (Shemp), Kenneth MacDonald (Dapper), Christine McIntyre (Bea), Larry Fine (Larry) Three Stooges Films moviesHot Ice and Stone Age Romeos are part of the same movie series, Hot Ice and Blunder Boys are part of the same movie series, Hot Ice and Wham Bam Slam are part of the same movie series, Hot Ice and For Crimin Out Loud are part of the same movie series, Hot Ice and Of Cash and Hash are part of the same movie series
TaglineThe Stooges are detectives looking for the Punjab Diamond.
Hot Ice is the 165th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1955 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
The Stooges are wannabe detectives who inadvertently get their chance to crack a case in Scotland. They manage to stumble on a lead concerning the priceless Punjab diamond being stolen by a crook named Dapper (Kenneth MacDonald). With dreams of becoming genuine detectives, the trio head for Squid McGuffy's cafe asking for the whereabouts of Dapper. They manage to convince everyone at the restaurant that they are actually police.
While searching several rooms above the cafe, the Stooges stumble on Dapper's moll (Christine McIntyre), who hastily hides the Punjab diamond in a candy dish. The boys refuse to leave, suspecting Dapper will eventually show his face. While killing time, Shemp starts to flirt with the moll, and manages to swallow the ice along with some mints from the candy dish. The gal nearly has a nervous breakdown but quickly discovers the Stooges are not actually real detectives. She calls in Dapper and his henchman Muscles (Cy Schindell) and frantically try to pry the diamond out of frazzled Shemp.
After all else fails, Dapper decides to cut him open. Moe and Larry are locked in a closet by Muscles while Shemp is tied down on a close by desk-turned-operating table. As luck would have it, there happen to be a bag of tools in the closet, which Moe and Larry use to saw their way out of the closet, and right into a gorilla's cage on the other side of the wall. The gorilla knocks Moe, Larry, Dapper and Muscles cold. The beast, however, befriends Shemp, and helps him cough up the diamond. Moments later, Shemp explains how he managed to swallow the diamond by actually doing so again.