Log In

The Three Stooges Online Filmography
"What was your family decomposed of?" "Well, I'll tell you. There was a litter of three, and I was the one they kept." - Moe and Curly (NO CENSUS, NO FEELING, 1940)

Bookmark and Share WHOOPS, I'M AN INDIAN!

Average Rating:     [8.03/10]   32 votes


The Stooges are in a frontier town running a crooked gambling game. They're caught cheating and must make a run for it. While hiding in the woods, they are discovered by the sheriff and flee into trapper Pierre's cabin, where they disguise themselves as Indians. Returning to town, they meet up with Pierre, who falls for Curly (dressed as an Indian squaw) and takes "her" as his wife.

IMDb Rating


Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
September 11, 1936
Production Type
Short Subject
17.33 min.
Buy at Amazon.com

Discuss WHOOPS, I'M AN INDIAN! in the Forum

Cast Members   Production Crew

Collapse All | Expand All
(Click on the icon to expand individual sections.)

Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   FRONTIER DAZE
Title Origin:   Song, "I'm An Indian."
Prod. No.:   226
Shooting Days:   5 days   From: 1936-06-02   To: 1936-06-06

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

Stooge Quotes   (4)
  • "For you I have zee grand surprise!" "So have I, if you only knew it!"
    (Bud Jamison and Curly)

  • "If this was my place, I'd throw ya out of it!"

  • "You keep my wigwam?" "You keep your own wig warm!"
    (Bud Jamison and Curly)

  • "Oh, deer!" "... I didn't think you cared." "I don't!" [smack!]
    (Moe & Curly)

Stooge Goofs   (12)
  • Audio Problem
    After Bud Jamison realizes he was swindled by the magnet in Larry's moccasin, & the boys make a hasty escape, four shots are fired before the boys make it out of the saloon. However, the second shot wasn't accompanied by an audio sound effect.

  • Breaks The Fishing Rod
    Curly breaks the fishing rod when he slams it on the shore.

  • Cut-Off Line
    As the camera dissolves to the beginning of the wedding scene, we can see Curly at the end of saying a sentence, but we don't hear what he's saying or see the beginning of it.

  • Dubbed-In Line
    When the sheriff says â€Å"Three sets of footprints, maybe they're in the cabin”, his mouth isn't moving.

  • Dubbed-In Line
    When the Stooges walk in the bar dressed up as Indians, we hear them say â€Å"How!” several times but their lips aren't moving.

  • Jump in Picture
    There's a noticeable jump cut in the film right when Curly fires his rifle underwater.

  • Lazy Musician
    As Bud Jamison goes back to the saloon & looks around for the boys/Indians, a small group of musicians accompanies the dancing girls on stage. There are two close-ups of Bud standing near the stage. In both, you can hear the trombone notes played in the background, but the trombonist isn't playing the instrument because it's not even close to his lips.

  • Magically Changing Club
    After Moe cracks Curly's club over his head, Curly takes one broken half of the club that'sdark colored and straight in his left hand, then he walks away. Then the camera cuts to the next shot and the club Curly's holding is suddenly lighter in color and crooked and it's now in his right hand.

  • Missing Part
    After Pierre forces Moe and Larry to dance, it cuts to Curly and when it goes back to the other shot, Pierre is suddenly holding his face as if Moe and/or Larry hit him, but they didn't show it.

  • Reappearing Hat
    When the lantern falls and smashes on Pierre's head, he drops to the ground and his hat falls off, but it's back on his head in the next shot.

  • Slippery Doorknob
    When Pierre (Bud Jamison) is supposed to open the door, Jamison's hand accidentally slips from the doorknob at first.

  • Three Shots With A Double-barrel Shotgun
    Curly gets frustrated and marches out into the lake to shoot the fish.  After he disappears under the water, he fires off three shots, but he was carrying a double-barrel shotgun.

Stooge Routines   (3)

Stooge Trivia   (0)

No trivia have been logged for this episode.

Audio Files   (0)

No audio files are available for this episode.

Video File   (Y)

Transcript   (N)

There isn't a transcript available for this episode.

Videography   (1)

Fan Reviews   (9)
Posted 2010-07-20 17:49:15 by Final Shemp
I must say I really like this one. Whoops, I'm an Indian! loses a lot of its gusto when the trio disguise themselves as Indians, but everything up until that point is wildly enjoyable.
The scenes with the Stooges trying to fish are brilliant comedy. I laughed like a madman at Moe constantly throwing fish back to catch bigger ones ("So you're the big brother, eh? Go fetch your old man!"). Curly walking to the middle of a lake with a shotgun was comedy gold!
Pierre is well played by Bud Jameson, but when the short starts to focus more on him, it begins to fumble. I began to miss my Three Stooges shenanigans which opened the short. But those shenanigans alone make Whoops, I'm an Indian! a Stooge short to be reckoned with.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 3 1/2 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2010-05-08 14:38:57 by Bud_Jamison
FIFI!!A very strong short! One of my favorites. I love the outdoor scenes & of course a classic Jamison performance 3.5 pokes!!

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2010-04-08 19:25:25 by Shemp_Diesel

Is it a testament to the greatness of 1936 that this short could be considered the weakest of shorts released in that great year? While it may not be an all-time classic ala Disorder in the Court or Slippery Silks, Whoops is still a good entry. Some of my favorites bits are Moe & Curly's exchange while up in the tree. "What did you do with the money?" "I threw it away so I could run faster!" Also, Moe's fishing scene, constantly getting aggravated about getting a real fish (three is gotta eat off you).

3 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2003-07-03 04:47:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2003-07-03 05:03:00 by [Deleted Member]
Moe's fishing scene is also a perfect example of "Stooge logic." Instead of keeping all the smaller fish, which together would add up to a good meal, Moe keeps throwing them back in the lake because they're not big enough![br][br]Bud Jamison as Pierre almost steals the show from Moe and Curly, who are both at their best here... he's hilarious whenever he does a bogus foriegn accent (like in "Dutiful But Dumb" and "Termites of 1938" too). "Indians! I [i]keeelll[/i] all Indians!"

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2003-07-01 16:55:00 by tburnell
I'm sorry, but have to give this one four pokes. Loved this one, especially the fishing episodes. Moe's comment, "hey, what do ya mean, three's gotta eat offa you," was perfect! As for the comment below, what did Moe call Larry, I believe it was Big Chief Rain-in-the-Puss.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-06-22 23:09:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-30 02:03:00 by Stooge
A very good short. Bud Jamison is excellent as Pierre, and Curly as the Indian squaw is a riot. The ending was abrupt, though, and could've been funnier.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2002-01-12 12:00:00 by BJR
A slightly weak early short that is overshadowed by most of the other 1936 shorts.Moe's performance here leaves something to be desired. No "get out's" or "I'll moida you" or "Whats a matta wichu," just some faces and a little bit of punishment.It's not bad or anything, but there's FAR too little true slapstick. For some reason, it seems that Stooge shorts that occur outdoors usually aren't as good as indoor shorts. A lot of it is just the boys running away from the law, not really focusing on punishing each other or doing slapstick. We need more face slaps, eyepokes, and nose-bonks!Don't take this as a bad sign for this period in Stooge history; 1936 was one of their best years. Here's my top three of 1936:1. HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS2. ANTS IN THE PANTRY3. FALSE ALARMSRating: 5.5/10
Posted 2001-10-05 10:58:00 by Mike Holme
This short was good, but it wasn't that spectacular and the ending was one of the weakest endings, its as if no thought was put into it. But with enough funny gags and scenes, especially the ones with Pierre, this one gets...3 pokes Mike Holme
Posted 2001-03-28 19:00:00 by sickdrjoe
Solid and filling, if unspectacular. (All Stooge shorts from this era are at least worth watching, if not taping.) Wish I had some idea what they were trying to get at with that title, however.

Discuss WHOOPS, I'M AN INDIAN! in the Forum

Collapse All | Expand All
(Click on the icon to expand individual sections.)

Back To Top

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We make such material available in an effort to advance awareness and understanding of the issues involved. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information please visit: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission directly from the copyright owner.