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"What kind of a drink is that?" "My own brand, a Western Surprise." "There's no liquor in that!" "That's the surprise!" - Moe & Curly (YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZA, 1939)


Average Rating:     [8.95/10]   27 votes


The Killer Dillons plan to rob the Red Dog Saloon, so the U.S. Cavalry needs three men to foil their plans. Who else are sent but the Stooges, who are horse groomers. They disguise as desperadoes and run into the Dillons. The boys' cover is blown and the chase begins.


Unscripted ad lib alert... Listen carefully as the scene with "bartender" Shemp mixing a drink for Blackie Whiteford opens. Shemp is telling him the story of Goldilocks & the Three Bears.

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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
January 05, 1950
Production Type
Short Subject
17.25 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4142
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1949-02-07   To: 1949-02-10

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.50)
Face Slaps: 9 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 1 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (2)
  • "Yesterday was payday, and, boys will be boys." "You mean, NO United States Cavalry?!" "No United States Cavalry."
    (Vernon Dent & Jock Mahoney)

  • "I'll take a milkshake... with sour milk!"

Stooge Goofs   (6)
  • Elmer Needs More Practice
    When Elmer is showing off twirling his guns, he misses at first with his left hand when he tries to put the gun back in the holster.

  • Forgot Where The Guns Were
    When Kenneth McDonald was giving his henchmen new guns to replace the ones they lost, he must have forgotten where he kept them. He opened one desk drawer, then another before he found them.

  • Make Sure Your Boots Are Put Away Neatly
    When Dillon and his henchman are about to be blown up by the dynamite, they turn towards the wall to duck the explosion. After the explosion, the camera pans down to their empty boots, which are now facing forward, away from the wall.

  • Padding Sure Comes In Handy
    When Shemp smashed the bucket on Kenneth McDonald's head in the chase scene, you can see the protective foam padding fall out of his hat.

  • Visible Wire
    You can see the wire that pulls the horseshoes off the handle.

  • Watch Your Step
    The first henchman who is sent to Nell Honey's room trips on the rug when he first goes after her.

Stooge Routines   (2)
  • Locked in safe / Dynamite fight
    A Stooge or all the Stooges are locked in a safe and when villians throw a lit stick of dymnaite through a hole in the safe to blow him/them up, the Stooge(s) throw the stick back out to the villians. Then it's a back-and-forth fight as the villians and the Stooge(s) keep giving the dynamite to each other before it blows up.
    Also used in:  CACTUS MAKES PERFECT  ·  

  • Using a bottom lip as a bottle top opener
    A Stooge's bottom lip is used as a bottle top opener.
    Also used in:  THREE LOAN WOLVES  ·   GENTS IN A JAM

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Fan Reviews   (8)
Posted 2001-09-28 21:53:00 by jaronson
Edited 2015-01-04 02:39:21 by [Deleted Member]
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Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-09-17 09:11:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-24 11:38:37 by Shemp_Diesel

I used to have a low opinion of this particular short, given that it was a Shemp "Western" episode and the fact that I thought Jock Mahoney's bumbling antics kind of overshadowed the stooges. I still feel that way to a small degree--the part about Jock Mahoney--but overall, I can't deny that this was a very well made short with a lot of funny moments. The best bit for me being Shemp's sour milkshake (Mighty smooth)...

Still, as good as a short this was--as far as how it was directed and written--I have a hard time buying the sentiment that this film belongs in the same neighborhood as a Who Done It? or Brideless Groom, Listen, Judge, just to name a few.

7 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2010-10-09 21:07:34 by JustSayMoe
An excellent example of the early Shemp period with a big cast. How often do we get to see Vernon Dent, Emil Sitka, Christine McIntyre and Kenneth MacDonald all in the same short? Jock Mahoney was especially good as Elmer, the parody of popular singing cowboys of the time. Mahoney was virtually the fourth stooge in this short.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2003-11-08 15:50:00 by jagman
The Stooges generally seem a bit constrained in their Western spoofs. The real Western was so lame that it just lent itself to parody, but the Stooges just seemed a bit at a loss whenever they were in this setting. This is probably the best of the lot, but mainly because of Christine McIntyre. In "Brideless Groom" this "poor, defenseless woman" gave Shemp the beating of his life, but that's nothing compared with her feats in this one -- knocking out every villain who passes her doorstep and flinging vases at the hero when he turns to ride off into the sunset. I admire the way she remembers that she is a damsel in distress and arranges herself in decorous pose to be rescued -- after she punches someone out cold. What on earth would NOW say?
Posted 2001-02-21 19:39:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-26 04:49:00 by Stooge
I usually don't like Stooge Westerns, but this one is different from the others because it's actually a hilarious and dead-on parody of your typical Western movie. Also, this has an excellent supporting cast, and Jock Mahoney steals the short with his hilarious stunts.

This was also Edward Bernds' personal favorite Stooge short, and I can't really blame him (although think his WHO DONE IT? and BRIDELESS GROOM shorts were a little better). I think the cast, crew, and everyone else did an excellent job here.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-08-22 03:14:00 by [Deleted Member]
I like Stooge westerns. Bring 'em on! This is my second favorite Shemp Stooge western. My favorite- "Merry Mavericks", tied with "Out West".Nobody mentions how funny the Stooges were in the cavalry stable scene. Leave it to them to be able honk the horn of a saddle! It was hilarious when Sgt. Mullins thought Cpt. Daily (played by Emil Sitka) was one of the Stooges and paddled him. To the Sgt. I say, "Thank you sir. May I have another?"ISLIPP- you slide. ®2001Edited by - ISLIPP on 8/24/01 11:48:56 PM
Posted 2001-03-29 03:06:00 by Mike Holme
Re-Review: Pretty good short, I didn't think this was in the slightest bit boring. Besides, I have to give this one credit because it is one of the first Shemp shorts I ever saw.Rating: 95%(A)Edited by - Mike Holme on 8/23/01 8:50:07 PM
Posted 2001-01-17 16:06:00 by Uncle Mortimer
This is probably my least favorite Shemp short. I was never that crazy about the westerns anyway. The boys just aren't suited to be cowboys(and that's not a bad thing;cowboys are generally stupid) The Stooges like to 'pretend' to be stupid, but we all know how witty and sharp they are. Shemp especially struggles as a cowpoke, I think. He's just to cool and smart to be a dopey cowboy. I personally would much rather see the boys more "at home" as salesmen, detectives, plumbers etc.. Also, this short really suffers from being boring and generally unfunny. It seems as if they were trying to make an actual western(with that bad western music and all) instead of a funny stooge short. This and "MERRY MAVERICKS" are my least favorite Shemp shorts. I pretty much love all the rest. Webmaster, how do you figure that this one should get 4 pokes????????

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