GenreComedy, Short ProducerHugh McCollum LanguageEnglish
WriterClyde Bruckman (story) Release dateApril 2, 1943 (1943-04-02) CastCurly Howard (Curly), Stanley Blystone (Spy Leader), Lew Kelly (Prof. J. Ogden Dunkfeather) Three Stooges Films moviesSpook Louder and They Stooge to Conga are part of the same movie series, Spook Louder and Three Little Twirps are part of the same movie series, Spook Louder and Booby Dupes are part of the same movie series, Spook Louder and Back from the Front are part of the same movie series, Spook Louder and Mummys Dummies are part of the same movie series
Spook Louder is the 69th 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 are salesman selling a weight reducing machine. They have no luck until they show up at the house of an eccentric inventor where they are hired as caretakers. When the scientist goes to Washington to demonstrate his death-ray machine to the government, the boys are left to guard his house and must contend with enemy spies and a mysterious pie thrower.
Told in flashback by a professor in an interview with a newspaper reporter, this is the story of The Stooges as traveling salesmen trying their best to sell their "Miracle Reducing Machine", which essentially shakes and rattles off the pounds (as Curlys demonstrates). As luck would have it, the boys stumble on the home of Graves the inventor (Ted Lorch), who assumes the Stooges are the new caretakers. Graves is on his way to Washington, D.C. to test his new death ray machine, and leaves his eerie spooky mansion in the hands of the trio. Naturally, spies disguised in Halloween costumes show up once Graves departs. The Stooges are on edge the entire time, particularly because mysterious cream pies come flying out of thin air. Back in the office the reporter is desperate to know who is throwing those pies. The professor confessed that he was throwing the pies when out of nowhere a pie flew into his face.
The Stooge films released between 1942-1944 were considered to be a step down in quality from previous entries made between 1935-1941. Spook Louder, in particular, was singled out by author Ted Okuda as "their worst picture in some time. The story of a phantom pie-thrower is a repetitious one-joke affair devoid of laughs."
Several scenes from Spook Louder appear in the 1992 film Radio Flyer.