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"What's that for? I didn't do nuthin'!" "That's in case ya do and I'm not around!" - Larry and Moe (HOI POLLOI, 1935)

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Average Rating:     [7.36/10]   10 votes


Red Mesa's leading businessman secretly controls a gang of crooks that are hijacking Red Mesa's gold mine shipments. Retired U.S. Marshall George O'Brien is rescued by travelling peddlers (Moe, Larry & Shemp) during an ambush. Following George into Red Mesa, the Stooges are soon peddling phony prescription eyeglasses at the local saloon. George saves them from being run out of town, and hires the Stooges to help him sell insurance policies to the mine owners, and investigate the hijacks.

The Stooges' serenade tune "Jane" was written by... Moe, Larry & Shemp. They introduced the song in THREE HAMS ON RYE (1950), and adapt it as "Nora" in SCRAMBLED BRAINS (1951); see The Three Stooges Journal # 96 (Winter 2000).

Costar Sheila Ryan was married to comic actor Pat Buttram (THE GENE AUTRY SHOW), best known as 'Mr. Haney' on GREEN ACRES (1965 - 1970). Sheila costarred with Laurel & Hardy in GREAT GUNS (1941) and A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942).

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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
September 14, 1951
United Artists
Production Type
Feature Film
56 min.
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Working Title(s):   The Stooges Go West
Prod. No.:   524
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1950-12-26   To: 1950-12-30

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  • "He's got horse sense!" "Too bad you ain't a horse." "What'a'ya wanna insult the horse for?!"
    (Shemp, Larry & Moe)

  • "The men out here are rough and tough and they love battles." "Well, I'm weak and soft and I love the Bronx!"
    (Moe & Larry)

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Fan Reviews   (8)
Posted 2010-11-17 23:07:48 by shemps#1
Edited 2010-11-17 23:08:59 by shemps#1
I finally got to see this and it's pretty good. I may be biased but I would say it is probably the best Stooges feature film (which admittedly is not saying too much). The Stooges are great and in their Shemp Era prime here, and O'Brien and the rest of the cast are good as well. While as a Stooges fan you would want to see them on screen all of the time and I did start to notice that they had not been seen for awhile I was by no means bored.

My one complaint is that the movie is too short for a feature length picture. At 55 minutes I would have been disappointed by the very short running time had I bought a ticket to see this when it first came out. In the end watching Gold Raiders leaves you wondering if the Derita features would have been better had Shemp survived.

3.5 Stars

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2010-04-17 17:24:19 by [Deleted Member]
This is not a bad movie. The problem is The Stooges don't have alot to do. This is a 1940's western with The Stooges' comedy a replacement for Gabby Hayes or Pat Buttram. I understand why The Stooges made it. The major studios were getting out of the shorts and were depending on the independents for the B movies. The Stooges were trying to get into movies and out of the shorts (Charlie Chaplin also Laurel and Hardy are 2 examples of comics who moved from shorts to movies).The problem is The Stooges were popular and should.ve pushed for a new script or a rewrite.

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2007-06-04 23:29:07 by Justin T

I bought the DVD just last month, I've been waiting years to see this and I wasn't dissapointed!

This is a pretty good movie, it's def not a straight comedy western. The Stooges provide the big laughs of course. I really enjoyed the fact they got alot of screen time. The "magical eyeglasses" scene was hilarious and I also loved their attempt at a doctor exam on a prospective client. The acting from O'Brien and everyone else is pretty good and the plot is simple but with some neat little twists, esp concerning Doc Mason and his daughter.

The only negative thing I could find was that the Stooges are absent for the last good 15 minutes of the movie before the big climactic fight with the bad guys. It dragged in a few parts when the Stooges were absent for a long time.

But other than that I really enjoyed the movie. I wish they had gotten to make more full length movies with Shemp also. It's well worth it to get the DVD with this and "Meet The Baron". Its much better than most of the Curly Joe movies, well worth your time to check out.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2006-12-26 16:50:18 by Bangsmith
Edited 2006-12-29 15:53:55 by Bangsmith
This movie is better than most people give it credit for, in my opinion. The movie starts out with a lot of stooging, although they appear less often later on. This movie is not really a comedy, except for the Stooges' antics. While this is not a Three Stooges vehicle, they get more screen time in this movie than any other, outside of the DeRita Columbia movies of late '50s and '60s. The dialogue and plot are somewhat simple, but the Stooges are dead-on funny, far more so than in Rockin' In The Rockies! This movie is worth it just to see Shemp in a large-scale role in a full-length!

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2006-12-05 14:42:40 by BeatleShemp
I just got the film yesterday. It was pretty funny. I was surprised, being an Ed Bernds directed picture, that he allowed Moe to do his eyepoke. This must have been one of the few times he allowed it. He did it (thru glass) in MONKEY BUSINESSMEN, and although Bernds just wrote the script, Moe did it to the multiarmed idol in HULA LA LA.
Posted 2006-04-04 22:53:03 by xraffle

I finally got to see this movie and in my opinion, it's not bad at all. I think it's much better than the DeRita movies. The plot was a bit on the weak side, but the stooges give outstanding performances. I liked that part where the stooges try to sell the phony eyeglasses. I thought that was hilarious. One complaint I have is that in the last 15 minutes of the film, the stooges' roles significantly diminished. Overall, it's a pretty good film that is worth watching.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2002-10-14 20:05:00 by Dunrobin
Edited 2005-11-13 08:29:13 by Dunrobin
I thought this film wasn't bad, although it seemed to drag a bit at times, but the Stooges certainly make it worth watching. It makes you wonder - if this film had been better received at the box office, would we have been treated to more feature films with Moe, Larry and Shemp?

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2001-05-08 17:30:00 by BeAStooge
Low-budget B western, but the Stooges give it life. Many hate it... I like it.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)

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