A Snitch in Time is the 128th 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 trio own a furniture shop ("Ye Olde Furniture Shoppe: Antiques Made While U Waite") who are staining some furniture they have delivered to Miss Scudder (Jean Willes), an attractive curly-haired brunette who owns a boarding house. While attending to their duties (and nearly destroying the furniture in the process), several new boarders at Miss Scudder's place are actually a trio of crooks who have just robbed a jewelry store. The Stooges are held at gunpoint while Miss Scudder is tied up and gagged in her kitchen while the crooks ransack the house to steal several valuable heirlooms in her possession. The Stooges and Miss Scudder work together and unravel the crooks' plot.


A Snitch in Time has been consistently ranked as the most violent Stooge film of the Shemp era. Unlike the Curly-era equivalent (They Stooge to Conga), in which all three Stooges receive their fair share of abuse, most of the violence in A Snitch in Time is directed toward Moe. In its opening four minutes, Moe manages to get his nose and rear jammed into the blade of a whirling circular saw, as well as getting glue in his eye and stuck on his hands. Interestingly, though Columbia short subject head/director Jules White was known for the usage of excessive violence in his films, A Snitch in Time was directed by Edward Bernds, who always maintained that the violence was not to be excessive in the films he directed.


The title A Snitch in Time parodies the aphorism "a stitch in time saves nine."

References Edit

  • Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 377; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4