A Snitch in Time - Production Notes

Production Notes

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 at Moe. In its opening four minutes, Moe gets his nose and buttocks jammed into the blade of a whirling circular saw, as well as getting glue in his eye and stuck on his hands.

David J. Hogan, author of the 2011 book Three Stooges FAQ, commented that "kids of the day—before bicycle helmets, seat belts, and moratoriums on peanut butter—loved this kind of torment. It's still funny today, but you keep waiting for the spray of blood." Hogan adds that a February 2001 post to www.threestooges.net commented that "Only Dawn of the Dead gives you more pain for your entertainment dollar".

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."

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