The Hot Scots is the 108th 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.

It was part of the TBS Halloween special, Three Stooges Fright Night, during the 1990s. 


The Stooges are wannabe detectives who inadvertently get their chance to crack a case in Scotland. Dressed in kilts and talking in phony Scottish accents, the Stooges (as McMoe, McLarry, and McShemp) are given the task of guarding the prized possessions of The Earl of Glenheather Castle (Herbert Evans). The castle staff are actually ransacking the castle while the boys sleep there, though they eventually get the baddies.


  • Like Squareheads of the Round Table and Fiddlers Three, The Hot Scots was filmed on the existing set of the feature film The Bandit of Sherwood Forest.
  • This short was reworked in 1954 as Scotched in Scotland using ample stock footage.
  • Christine McIntyre's character's name of "Lorna Doone" is taken from the title character of a romance/historical novel set in 17th century England. According to Jon Solomon's book, The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, the character's name is also a parody of the Broadway musical Brigadoon, which had opened on March 13, 1947. However, the claim is untrue since this short filmed in December 1946.


  • Maurer, Joan Howard; Jeff Lenburg, Greg Lenburg (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5.
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